The starting point for this holiday’s journal was my middle one, who is doing ‘A’ level Art and is creating some very interesting and effective work stitching into photos and paper. I’ve been really inspired by this and to go along with the paper theme, I decided to alter a book as the journal. Here is the first spread,
I used the top of the image on the left which I transferred to a piece of indigo dyed cotton with gel medium. The medium dried quite opaque, giving the image a very evocative, misty feel.
Then I used a single strand of Caron Waterlilies variegated silk thread in a very loose stem stitch to pick out some of the detail.
Really enjoyed my experimenting.
Posted in Altered books, Experimenting, Journalling, Visits | Tagged gel medium, holiday journal, image transfer, journal, Lake District, stem stitch | 7 Comments »
Having finished the border for the pulled thread sampler…
…I started to fill it in with a selection of pulled thread stitches. First, Waffle Stitch:
Using a single thread of stranded cotton pulls the scrim into lacy, open octagons. Next I wanted something a bit denser, so I chose Diagonal Cross Filling:
Close up you can see how the equal-armed crosses have been distorted by the tension.
I really like the overall denseness of this pattern. Now for something completely different: Ripple Stitch, which is based on double back stitch (gives herringbone stitch on the wrong side).
About half way finished. Another heavier stitch next, I think…
Posted in Pulled thread work | Tagged Diagonal Cross Filling Stitch, Embroiderers' Guild, pulled thread work, Ripple Stitch, sampler, scrim, Waffle Stitch | 6 Comments »
We’ve just had a typically wet, but in spite of that, very enjoyable week sharing a cottage with friends in the Lake District. I’m on with my holiday journal which is a mix between an altered book and the found object journalling I did a couple of years ago in Cornwall. No pictures of that yet, but here are some of the lovely things that I came across in our exploration of the Lakes which have inspired me.
Stencilled Hessian wall covering, Blackwell House, Bowness:
Just one example of the stunning stained glass at Blackwell House.
Inlaid detail on a bureau:
A period Arts and Crafts sofa:
…and the plasterwork between picture rail and ceiling:
Beautiful whitework on a pillow:
…and the pieced patchwork hexagon fans of the 1911 quilt on the same bed:
Wet slate roofs in Chapel Stile:
Crewelwork bedspread at Brantwood House near Coniston, the home of John Ruskin.
An example of Ruskin lace, a type of drawn threadwork introduced by Ruskin to the Lake District as a cottage industry.
I love these cheeky sheep – one of the sculptures at Grizedale Forest.
It feels quite odd to be home – I could have happily stayed another week!
Posted in Visits | Tagged Arts and Crafts movement, Blackwell House, Brantwood House, Crewel work, Grizedale Forest, holiday journal, John Ruskin, patchwork, Ruskin lace, sculpture, slate, stained glass, whitework | 12 Comments »
A bit more work on the crazy patchwork cushion. First a wiggly line of chain stitch in a variegated perle:
Which is then loosely threaded with some fabulously soft ultramarine-coloured lightly twisted silk thread.
I like that you can get very different effects with this stitch depending on how tightly you pull the threading thread to the chain stitch foundation. I prefer mine fat and loopy!
Ignore the key – I didn’t like it even when I was stitching it down and it’s long gone!
Posted in Crazy patchwork | Tagged chain stitch, crazy patchwork, silk, threaded chain stitch | 3 Comments »
Usually once I’ve finished a technique I want to do something else as far away from it as possible, but not so with the pulled thread. I think it’s because for the sea glass piece I was limited to ripply stitches and there were so many that I wanted to work that wouldn’t have fitted. But now I get my chance to showcase the must-haves!
This is the start of my new piece, which is an A5 sized sampler of the pulled thread embroidery technique for our exhibition on the summer.
The stitch doesn’t have a name but is nine parallel diagonal satin stitch lines within a square, identical to canvas work cushion stitch, just pulled tightly.
By the end of the day I’d managed to complete the border:
And now for the fun bit of choosing the first stitch to showcase.
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In the end I secured the sea glass with the same thread that I used for the embroidery, but I tried to echo the geometric shapes of the pulled thread in the way I wrapped the glass nuggets.
At first I really wasn’t sure, but the addition of pattern and texture has grown on me and now when I look back at the earlier photos I feel there’s something missing.
This is the dyed velvet I chose to back it with:
and the two were attached with tiny diagonal stitches across the criss-cross of the warp and weft all the way around before I sealed the edges with modge podge and cut the finished piece out.
The modge podge has completely stopped the fraying and has dried pretty much invisible and I also used it to stick the finished piece into my travelling book.
My inspiration page:
And the finished piece.
I’m ready to get stuck into pulled thread again for my technique piece for our summer exhibition.
Posted in Pulled thread work, Travelling books | Tagged pulled thread work, sea glass, travelling book, velvet | 7 Comments »
Thank you all for your kind words about my pulled thread work. It’s actually a lot easier than it looks. All you need to concentrate on is accurate counting (as in any counted thread work) and even pulling of the thread and the shapes and effects sort of produce themselves. And it builds up nice and quickly too.
Here’s the next phase: more triangular stitch on the top left side.
And after a couple more rows of the triangular stitch, some random diamond stitch at the top to complete the main part of the pulled thread section.
All the sea glass etc is stuck on at the moment, so the next job was to stitch the fabric pieces down invisibly to make them sit flatter against the scrim. You can hopefully see the difference between the larger leaf green piece on the left, which I’ve already stitched and the smaller ocean green piece which is still to be done.
Eyelets next and then I have to bite the bullet and think of some sort of extra (but still in keeping) fastening for the real sea glass as I don’t think just glue is going to keep them secured well enough during their travels.
Posted in Pulled thread work, Travelling books | Tagged beach glass, pulled thread work, scrim, sea glass | 5 Comments »