I decided to add some free machining lines in red thread.
There is some suminagashi marbled tissue paper just visible in the one below.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I honestly don't know where the idea for this project came from, I suppose it brought together my current interest in drawing, doodling and trying out more block printing. I found it satisfying because I could do a little at a time ,with the machine set up with black thread I could draw onto the fabric when I felt in the mood.
Use zentagel patterns as inspiration for free machining:
Here are a few more photos and the outcome as I decided to make the piece into an album which will probably be used to hold stitch samples. I made it up like a book cover and added some pieces of recycled card to stiffen the 'covers'.
If I had thought it out a bit more I could have added some pockets to hold the samples; I could I suppose still add these by hand stitching.
I hope you have a go and send me any links to your work.
Friday, January 09, 2015
This is a small project for the New Year. You could have a go at this if you are stuck for inspiration. Take a selection of small pieces of fabric in a colour way or theme of your choice; I used whites and creams, bits of felt, lace, silk etc.. I wove them together without stitching and then put them onto a background of wadding, I used some 505 fabric spray to hold them in place.
I printed shapes cut into a soft cut block and coloured with Speedball water based block printing ink for fabric.
Each day I added some stitching, in places I used patterns on the machine and even some needle felting,but in the end I stuck to drawing with the machine using a large headed darning foot. I was surprised at how easily it coped with the layers of lace and varied thicknesses of fabric. I doodled into the background adding line drawing as I fancied. Stuck for shapes, have a look at some zentangles on YouTube, and adapt them.