Monday, 23 June 2014

Varying the stitch

I'm still playing with thoughts of ways to stitch those tree photographs and here is the latest batch of trials ... some with a future and some not, I think ... but I guess you never know what may prove useful.

First of all, satin stitch with a difference - stitching up the printed branch shapes,


and in the unprinted spaces between the branches. I quite like the contrast on them both between the solid stitching and the fine lines of the twigs ...


Then exaggerated straight stab stitch across and linking the branches,


and close running stitch in rows (to me the least successful)


I think now it's time to start stitching something more coherent. A long car journey on Friday may give me the chance to start ...

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  1. Greta sampling. I particularly like the first one with the red on the branches - very striking.

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    1. That one came as a very pleasant surprise!

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  2. It will be interesting to see what you think of each of these once you come to them after a while.
    Have you ever seen the work of painter and printmaker Elizabeth Magill? I love what she does with trees. http://www.marlboroughfineart.com/prints-Elizabeth-Magill-160.html

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    1. Just taken a look at Elizabeth Magill's website - many thanks for the link. What she does with trees is indeed beautiful. I especially love the sense of depth and layering in her paintings - lots of food for thought, not least, how to get colour behind some of my tree images ...
      And yes, time will need to elapse while I think what to do with this stitching. Meanwhile, I'm working on another train of thought - posts to follow when I'm good and ready ...

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    1. Much fun ... but then that's what this was all about!

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  4. Hi CS!
    I am not an expert on printing photographs on fabric, but your mention above, re; colour behind your trees, got my mind working ... why not put a painted wash on your fabric before printing ?

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    1. My first thought as well - and something I've done before with other kinds of prints, but not when printing with my inkjet printer as with these tree images. It'll be interesting to see how the inkjet ink takes on acrylic or silk paints ... I will let you know if anything interesting transpires!

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  5. Oh my gosh, what a wealth of possibilities you are developing. I think my favourite is the first one but of course I expect it would all depend on where. And could you use a monoprinting technique if you wanted to add colour. The inkjet inks would move if you tried to add a wash of colour I imagine??? So much to think about!! Such fun!

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  6. I found these samples while looking for inspiration to stitch the branches on a quilt I am currently working on. They are all interesting, my particular favourite is the satin stitch.

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    1. Over the last year or so, I've stitched tree subjects a great - either the branches directly, over printed tree images or in the negative spaces between branches and trunks - though when I look back through my blog posts prompted by your comment there are not as many examples as I had expected. The satin stitch in one form or another works best for me, I think.
      Have you found Sharron Deacon Beggs' blog, Threadpainter's Art? It's well worth a visit for ways of stitching trees.

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