In between being busy with guests, I've been experimenting with types of stitch on fragments of black and white tree photos printed and appliquéd 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 ...