This is another fragment piece I’ve been playing with. It also gave me the opportunity to use some gorgeous chunky, slubby hand-dyed silk thread that was far too thick to stitch with and to experiment with making buttonhole rings on a ring stitck that my Dad turned for me.
A piece of very old, very well-worn and soft sheet turned dustsheet/rag which I rusted last summer was scrunched up and stitched down onto another piece of the same fabric – a more stable piece which is in fact a wide end seam – with variegated metallic thread.
The stick has three different sized sections and so I experimented with making different sized rings in a couple of different threads and then nestling them in the folds of the rusted cotton before couching them down.
Instead of finishing off the ends I left them trailing and they were couched down with a sort of uneven armed cross stitch which I believe is called thorn stitch.
I really like the soft fraying ends of the cotton.
It was while I was working on this one that I had a sudden vision of a piece comprised of various sized embroidered/embellished fragments of rusted fabric and sashed in turquoise.
So I rushed into this:
The rusted fabric is bigger than the calico square underneath so the idea is to use french knots to gather it up in folds and layers until it fits the underlying square.
I like the look, but because the french knots need controlling as you lay them down, it makes the gathering/ruching harder to control, so I finished off the length of thread I was using and now plan to catch the rest down with tiny stitches which can be hidden with french knots over the top.