| General Conference
|| Skill Level 1
Year of Introduction: 1975
This Honor is a component of the Artisan Master Award.
1. Describe the following: string craft, symmography, geometric stitchery.
- String Craft
- String Craft is making something (craft or art) out of string.
- Symmography is creating 3D designs with string without knotting or knitting.
- Geometric Stitchery
- Geometric Stitchery is like Symmography but instead of using nails to hold the string on the surface of the media you use a needle or precut holes to go through the media and come out to a new point in the media. Much like sewing on a patch.
2. Draw and stitch on cardboard in equally spaced points:
3. Name three ways to prepare wood for string art.
There are many ways to prepare the wood for string art:
- Paint covers the wood and gives you a smooth surface with the color(s) of your choice.
- Stain changes the color of the wood while still showing the nature and texture of the wood. Stained wood can be lacquered or varnished to make it glossy.
- Lacquer (clear) protects the wood without changing its color. It leaves a glossy finish.
- Cover the wood with felt. Use staples on the back or a thin, even coat of white glue on the front. Dots of glue will show through, so if you are going to use glue, it must be spread evenly, as if you were painting with it. Stretch the felt over the wood tightly, eliminating all wrinkles.
Once the wood has been finished, the string artist will drive small nails partway into the board. These nails are the points around which the strings are run. When setting the nails, at least half the nail should be left exposed above the wood. Care must be taken to drive the nails to a sufficient depth so that they do not pull out when placed under tension by the string. The project will look far better if all the nails are set to the same height, and if they are perfectly vertical.
If you have difficulty setting the nails (big fingers plus little nails equal trouble!) try holding the nail in place with a pair of needle nose pliers.
It is a good idea to draw the pattern out on paper first. Then tape the paper over the wood and drive the nails through it. Once the nails are in place, the paper should be removed. It is tempting to leave the paper in place to serve as a guide while running the string, but this temptation should be resisted. It is nearly impossible to remove the paper without removing at least some of the string. Do yourself a favor and remove the paper before running the string.
To begin, anchor the first string to the first nail using a slip knot. Tug on it to be sure it will hold before spending a lot of time running the string. If it pulls loose halfway through the design, it will be difficult to salvage all that hard work.
4. Use stringing methods on wood to do four of the following:
a. Filled circle
- In a 'Filled circle', the string would cross the center point of the circle. There would be no empty space in the center area of the circle.
b. Hollowed circle
- In a 'Hollowed circle', the string would not go pass the center point of the circle. There would be no string in the center area of the circle.
- The hollow and filled circles are also of a star design.
- Edging basically edges or outlines the design.
e. Curve from within
- When you curve from within the string covers some part of the inside curve.
f. Curve from without
- The Curve from within and Curve from without are two different types of edging. In the example here, we are using a circle. Edging basically edges the design. When you curve from within the string covers some part of the inside curve. When you curve from without the string does not cross the space on the inside of the curve (because the nails in the wood keeps them on the outside of the curve).