Thread Mania

My journey studying for the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery


Star shapes from the coloured papers

The final task for chapter 2 is to cut out star shapes from one of my coloured papers and make a display page with them.  The star shapes were taken from the types of stars I discovered during my research activities.

I cut out lots of regular stars, based on 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 pointed stars. I am intrigued by the variety of star shapes that can be obtained by joining differing sequences of equi-distant points on a circle, two different 8-pointed stars, three from 9-points, four from 11-points and so on. One of the 7-pointed star variations I made is solid while the other is in outline to achieve the greatest contrast.
Two examples are from interleaved, outline shapes. The first is a version of the Star of Solomon using two triangles while the other is an attempt at an enneagon using 3 interleaved triangles. The criss-crossing lines do add extra interest to the star shape.

Star shapes based on research images

2.2.1 Star shapes based on research images

Using some of my ancient star images, I have made stars by overlapping different shapes , three tissue triangles, two squares – one paper the other tissue – and a paper square overlaid with a tissue 4-pointed star shape. Having the tissue on top gives a better definition of a star shape. One interesting combination is three tissue 4-pointed stars overlaid to give a 12-pointed star.
Overlaying 4-pointed stars gave other successful star shapes.

Two identical paper 4-pointed stars made an interesting 8-pointed star and the curved lines of the top star shape provide lots of stitching hints. This combination could be made into a very decorative shape.  Another combination of 4-pointed shapes is based on the ancient Babylonian Shamash star, with a 4-pointed star overlaying an inclined cross. The arms of the cross are made of parallel lines.  The variety of shapes making up this star could also be made very decorative. A 16-pointed star was made by overlaying a regular 8-pointed star over a skeleton 8-pointed star, both in paper.

My final experiments were with using raggedy shapes, with a skeleton 5-pointed star cut using patterned scissors and an asymmetrical star-shape built up by overlaying many 3-pointed shapes torn from tissue paper.

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