This is my first go at this type of piecing and next time I’ll try doing it with the strips much closer together so the folds overlap the layer below. The colours will blend together much better doing it that way. I like this initial effect but want to see it more involved and dimensional than this.
For the main (final) sample of this stage I decided to expand on tearing, tucking and cording. I have used calico and expanded on one of my pieces in Project 6 Stage 2, as requested in the brief.
The strips were formed into cords using a machine braiding foot. Large tucks were made in the main section using machined straight stitch in V shapes, smaller tucks were stitched in shorter lengths to add further dimension.
The V-shaped tucks were further enhanced, by hand, to create shell tucks – deep at one end, tapering out at the narrower end. Very hard to see on the picture, even the close up I’ve got here.
The cords were twisted across the work in overlapping lines,with some interwoven. Small slashes were made in the fabric and the cords were woven in and out, from the front to the back. These cords were randomly – and in small sections – zig-zagged to the background. All loose machine thread ends were trimmed except the end/side threads. I didn’t want a neatened edge as I was trying to show that this is just a small section of a bigger piece of tree bark which continues on.