It’s all been a bit monochrome with the pebble for a while so I thought I’d share a recently finished fragment.
My fragments are fabric doodles, scraps of thread and cloth which I keep in my travelling sewing kit and put together to play about with when I’m out and about. This one is 3 and a half inches by just over 2 inches.
The background is offcuts of hand dyed silk left over from my ribbon rose thimblekeep arranged on a scrap of calico with a die-cut fabric heart in the centre.
I love the almost indecipherable fragment of text on it.
The whole thing is densely stitched in regular rows of running stitch like kantha work with Stef Francis stranded silks – again leftovers from the ribbon rose thimblekeep.
The heart was blanket stitched down and then several rows of running stitch worked to echo its outline.
When I ran out of room going round, I changed direction and sent the running stitches in long gentle curves from the heart towards the edge of the fabric.
The stitching completely alters the feel of the fabric, partly hiding it; partly enhancing it.
I love the way such simple stitching becomes alchemy, binding thread and fabric into something rich and strange.