Exploring marks & lines through stitch techniques.
In this sampler I’ve tried to show the effects of differing threads both standing alone and abutting others to build a more solid line.
Threads used include hand-dyed silk ribbon, crewel wool, Perle 8, Perle 5, crochet cotton No. 80, stranded cotton, Raj Mahal Art Silk (viscose).
For my second piece I decided to use chain stitch. To make the work more interesting I taped a piece of calico to my work surface and painted it, partially using a roller and then with a sponge. Acrylic paints were used so it has stiffened and slightly thickened the fabric.
I then checked out the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. Whilst I couldn’t find an actual chain stitch I did come across one that laid tiny back stitches in a loop like formation along a slightly wavy line. This was good enough for my purpose as it formed a faux chain stitch shape. I wanted to machine vertical rows with some overlapping and others stand alone but I also hoped to keep this as a definite background instead of being too outstanding and interfering with my main hand stitching. With that in mind I chose threads that were slightly more vibrant than the paint but in the same colour range. Then I moved to the hand stitching.
I have used chain stitch, twisted chain and whipped chain. Threads used include Au Papillon metallic, stranded cotton (6 strands, 3 strands and single strand) and Perle 8.
Overall an interesting effect. I like the gold chain stitched over the larger 6 strand chain and the single strand twisted chains unifying the flatter background with the heavier hand work.