25 February 2013

Handstitch, week 2

Using one of the "easy" stitches, we worked it to give gradations of tone. I experimented with stem stitch, one that I've never before spent long enough with to get familiar with. (Love those tight curls with the prickly bits!)

Then, a real challenge - stitching onto a very "foreign" material, acetate. It's a bit stiff and slippery, very unlike cloth, but does have potential and I plan to go back to it in the context of double-sided stitch - after all, it's all to easy to see the stitching on both sides at once! Also, it can be incised and inscribed, and then the light hits it in interesting ways -
The "finished" sample, incorporating a little bit of 3D-ness -
 Then a chance to investigate the other stitches on the handout - feather stitch, coral stitch, running stitch, fly stitched, open chain, raised chain band, satin stitch, straight stitch, and backstitch. And detached loops. We were given some words to represent visually - hidden; intense; undulating; calm; punctuated.
At home, with the radio for company, I had a go at seeding with various threads, and then moved on to satin stitch -
The thick black thread is a strip cut from old tights, which stretches to become very thin. It's a very intense black, and quite easy to stitch with -
With the blocks of straight stitch, the change of colour makes them quite compelling to do (and I like that grid structure...). There's space left on the strip for next week's stitches, and for those of you who like to see the back of the embroidery, here it is -
Not sure if I showed the back of last week's "sampler" - it has some interesting double-sided things going on -

Also I added some couching to the end of last week's work - both some squiggles of thread found lying around, and some more solid stuff. The multi-coloured patch of bokhara/roumanian couching makes a very  solid coverage - is this what Boetti's Afghan embroiderers used for their "solidly worked straight stitches with no exposed fabric"?


Linda M said...

Love the stitching, the grids and tight spirals are my favorites.

beatrice De said...

Travail intéressant. Il faut regarder tes photos à la loupe pour se rendre compte de tout ce travail.

je crois qu'en français on appelle ça le point de tige.Le seul travail de longue Haleine réalisé en point de broderie fut les échantillons pour les mini bottes en feutre que tu avais fait paraître sur ton blog et plusieurs tricots rebrodées à la maille. C'est tout.

Bonne journée chère Margareth

If you go on Elfi blog, cliques on the picture on the right on my blog. Go back a bit pass the dogs, You will see a work of imbroderie, she has done on a piece of material she have painted.
I think, that you will like.

Jill Dian said...

No wonder you're enjoying the course Margaret...it does look very interesintg - Jill