Monday, 9 December 2013

Stitching fields

Between recent family visits and reunions and making Christmas cards, I've been stitching in the intuitive way I so often do. This time, the inspiration has been the vegetation and summer growth in a Cotswold meadow.

I worked on pieces of painted and printed silk with Madeira machine thread. I quite often use machine thread to hand stitch when I want an understated effect and especially when I'm using seeding stitch.


And a small snippet from the resulting pieces is here ...



There will need to be decisions about where to go next ... Do I cut the work into even narrower strips and invert some, or hang them in a frame as they are? How to edge the pieces?

I have a very good stitching friend locally who will, no doubt give me her views when I meet up with her on Friday.

When I've decided, I will post the final result.

10 comments:

  1. I do like your balance of horizontals and verticals, alongside the use of seed stitch. What a useful stitch that is - I happen to be working in it at present. I very much like the colours too. I'm curious to see what you do with these lovely pieces.

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    1. The landscape rhythms were what I was after contrasted with the weighted upright of the printed teasel stalks and the fine seed stitch suggesting grass flower heads so it is interesting what your eye has picked out - the balance of horizontals and verticals.

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    1. VMT for commenting ... I like the word elegant ...!

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  3. These are just gorgeous! I love hand stitching with machine thread, as well.

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    1. Thank you, Connie. The machine thread is so light and delicate and I seem more able to control what's happening.
      Just a bit of fun - my second name is Constance after my much-loved grandmother - not many of us about, are there?

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  4. Very intriguing. I'm drawn to that red against the green in unexpected lines/shapes, and the equally unexpected use of seed stitch to ground them.

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    1. Thank you and welcome to my blog - and now, as is the way of things, I've just found yours ... I will be returning! You mention floundering in your quest to create - I do so know what you mean ... so many ideas and yet so much that never gets made.

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  5. I know these are teasels but they remind me so much of the strands of lovely moss on the forest floor. Wonderful organic colors!

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    1. I'm sure the moss on the forest floor in Alaska must be spectacular with the cool weather and rain in summer and that special gentle northern light. One day I mean to come to Alaska up the Canadian coast in summer. Sounds like there's so much special stuff to see.

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