In this chapter we have to decorate our dyed fabrics with stitchery both by hand and machine.
I’ve documented my work on my sketchbook pages and so they are posted here.
I used a piece of random dyed velvet and threads for my hand stitched sample and felt instantly mesmerised by the colour combinations and the blending / vibrancy I could achieve.
This is new to me so I feel very pleased with this result!
I worked a lot of small spiral patterns using a range of free machine stitching techniques:
The back of the work is also beautiful:
Bigger spirals shapes using free machine embroidery techniques and experiments with trapping threads, couching and the combination of hand and machine stitching:
And the back:
I’ve been experimenting with dried flower petals and tried arranging them in a spiral shape, bonding them to fabric and then adding free machine stitching. I decided to leave the thread between stitching as it reminds me of the Golden Section [Fibonacci] and gave a stronger spiral effect!
Further experiments with dried petals [this time roses] :
I’m very pleased with this chapter and have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to play with colour and love the seemingly endless possibilities of working with spiral patterns which are emerging as I work through the module………