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Shading Techniques on Canvas Notebook

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There is so much more to the technique of shading on canvas than just mixing thread colors in a given stitch. Knowledge and use of these methods can help improve almost every piece of needlework. Even if the composition is worked in one value of one color, knowing how and where to use texture to create shading will enhance the focal point. Learning these skills is simple, well within the abilities of intermediate stitchers, and most of all, fun. This is an important class for those ready to improve their level of expertise.

The first part of the class is devoted to learning about and stitching notebook samples of basic shading techniques: pointillism, optical mixing, realistic, counted stitch, block, satin, tapestry, ombre, and stylistic. Students receive a three-ring notebook to hold these samples, mounting pages on which to place them, plastic protective pages, and canvas with the sample motifs drawn, plus threads and needles with which to work them. There is extensive written material on each style of shading. This will be presented in a manner so that it can be placed in the notebook with the sample which it describes.

The last section of the class students will have the opportunity to put these new skills into practice by beginning to stitch one of two given projects. Each of these compositions was designed to highlight shading possibilities.

Level: Intermediate
Class Length: Two Days
Ground Fabric: Two pieces #23 Congress Cloth, light beige and creme
Finished Size: Notebook samples plus additional project 5"x 7"
Color Choice: Yes
Student Provides: Working frames 14" x 14" and 10" x 12", cover cloth, usual supplies including laying tool
Pre-Class Work: No

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