The task in this module is to make drawings from the images of animal markings collected earlier in the module. I tried to select different types of markings to give me different opportunities.
I started with an image of a bird's wing - a bird of prey, but I don't know which.
Then I chose a spotty creature. This is a cheetah, but it could equally have been an ocelot or a leopard as the patterns are not very different.
Then a type of tortoise, which has a very distinct pattern.
Next, I chose an animal with a scaly and bumpy pattern. Both of these patterns come from the same crocodile.
And finally, a stripy pattern - could have been a tiger, but I chose a zebra.
Is it black on white? or white on black? I see it as black on white, so I scanned it into my computer, and the white came out as a very pale gray. Using PSP10 I made a negative image, and then made some repeat patterns.
My machine is a Bernina 1001, which I have had for many years - it must be at least 10. It has the ability to do 16 different stitches, including straight stitch, and to be honest, I have never used most of them. So this was a voyage of discovery.
All these samples are 4" square, rotary cut from either a medium weight calico, or a black cotton. The first four samples are all worked on a single layer and all the remaining samples are worked on a double layer. A number of them have distorted.
Finally in this chapter, I had to make a few machine stitched strips based on animal patterns. I shall try some more after Chapter 6, when I will have made some printed fabrics. These strips were all cut 2" wide and 16" long.