Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Tree trials too


In between being busy with guests, I've been experimenting with types of stitch on fragments of black and white tree photos printed and appliqu├ęd onto old white sheeting which was roller printed with black acrylic - very similar to the wall pieces I posted about before (to be found here and here).

This time, though, I've been concentrating particularly on the use of specific stitches to see what effects I can produce rather than thinking about the overall effect and the balance of a whole piece - the finished article was unimportant.

On the first one here, I've used simple running stitches, either in wandering lines or in circles to delineate or enclose shapes I see in the fabric.



On the second, I'm using long stab stitches to break up a larger area of black and to extend into the grey ground to give texture and to integrate two areas.

There is a great deal more to try out. Next time perhaps, kantha-style lines of running stitch in close-coloured but variegated thread to break up the surface and give texture rather than to delineate or integrate shapes.


All this has been triggered by some most useful comments by Olga about the purpose of stitch. This was on a previous post of mine when I was writing about the difficulties of stitching on complex images which already have their own interest and dynamic. This has triggered all sorts of thoughts for me (so many thanks, Olga), and I sense there's much, much more to follow ...


6 comments:

  1. Beautiful and so interesting. I really love those long stab stitches!

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    1. Yes, I think those long stab stitches certainly have possibilities ... I've been playing with them again since I posted, spacing out and extending in places.

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  2. Margaret, thank you for your lovely comments. Exchanges online are such a great benefit of our times. I find it fascinating to see other folks' works and workings - it's like visiting their studios.
    It looks as if you are having an interesting time with your experiments.

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    1. I value hugely the exchanges online - the advice, the support and the comments that can lead to so much ... wonderful ... and thank you so much for yours which I value particularly.

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  3. Lovely and I really like the way that the long stab stitches integrate the black

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    1. Much more to come, I know - been preparing another piece of ground fabric this morning already. We have a long car journey tomorrow so I will stitch madly to pass the time - great!

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