I’ve been out of action a bit this week due to twisting and straining my knee so I have a mixed bunch of items to share.
I haven’t been able to work at my sewing machine so after a couple more felt embroidered flowers I decided to dip into my box of unfinished bits and pieces and my dyed fabrics and threads.
Since I’ve had limited mobility and had to rest my leg for a couple of days I took advantage of this time to catch up on a couple of DVDs that proved to be very inspiring. “Color by Accident : Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing” with Ann Johnston: http://www.rainbowsilks.co.uk/ProductDetails.cfm?SubCatId=1019&Code=DVDAJ and “In Stitches” with Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn: http://doubletrouble-ent.com/dvds/ Ann Johnston gives extremely clear instructions for this low water immersion technique and her fabric samples are stunning, I can’t wait to have a go but in the meantime the “In Stitches” dvd has inspired some embroidery.
In their dvd Jan & Jean really exploit each individual stitch using weight of thread, layering and wrapping to produce beautifully textured work.
I worked this sample only in twisted chain stitch on a ground of procion dyed cotton fabric layered with procion dyed cotton scrim. I used various weights of my own procion dyed threads and yarns then added some wrapped areas and a little beading.
I love the texture on this sample, it will be interesting to push this technique further.
After trying out the braided foundation piecing shown previously I had lots of fabric off cuts and decided to combine these with other fabric remnants to try out some random foundation piecing. I had abandoned this piece but it might be nice with some added stitching so I’ve made a start on this. I’m keeping the stitching quite subtle and using threads that tone with the fabrics at the moment but I might not stick with this plan!
I plan to make some stitched book covers when time allows so I have spent some time this week making up signatures ready for stitching and binding.
I plan to put these signatures together to make up little sketchbooks containing various weights and textures of paper for use with different media.
http://khadi.com/ – this website was a great recent discovery; they have some wonderful handmade papers in a whole variety of weights that are suitable for many different uses.
Time to get stitching!