So I’ve been dipping into my stash of procion dyed fabrics and decided to use up some of the smaller pieces that I just couldn’t bear to throw away.
I really enjoyed making torn strip samples on a workshop with Ruth Issett and, as much of my stash includes fabrics dyed following this workshop, I thought I’d make a larger piece in this style.
I started by gathering together my torn strips in varying sizes and colours then tacked them randomly to a ground of calico fabric.
I then thought ‘what now’ and sat around just looking at it for a while! Do you ever have that feeling, you get so far and then lose momentum?
I thought about free machine stitching everything in place in order to catch in all those frayed edges but I quite like them, they add a soft texture. So I decided that I would make this a hand stitched piece and I would use only my own dyed threads.
My starting point has been to use a simple running stitch to secure everything in place; I chose an orange shade as this contrasts nicely with some colours and tones in with others.
What to do next is the question.
I’m thinking some kind of stitch sampler but I will need to be careful that this background doesn’t just become distracting – possibly a layer of organza on top to knock back some of the colours a bit?
Thinking cap on till next time!