Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chapter 4, Task 3 Crafty Couching

Task 3, Crafty Couching

Sample 1
Started off using a twisted heavy cord and this sewed on very well and a strong line was the result.
I then twisted embroidery threads together in the same tones of pink - I tied the ends together and left the wool to show the amounts and colours chosen to get the effect for future reference.
Finally I used three strands of white cording over sewn with first pink zig zag in a small stitch and then over again with red thread in a much larger stitch to show. No particular tension or sewing problems on this page and the base fabric I used was a piece of strong printed woven curtain fabric I did not need a backing page.

Sample 2.

On this sample page I chose a strong heavy tapestry upholstery fabric - I had made cushion covers with previously),
Using red Sulky thread I tried attaching an arrangement of various wools from my knitting bag to create texture and colour.
I tried a white bobbin and yellow thread to see if I could highlight the stitching and changed the stitch length and width to create patches of dense stitching. The blue / grey wool which was identical in form to the dark maroon, I sewed over with a deep red in a very small length (0.5 x 5.5) zig zag stitch and it "flattened" the wool but left a "frayed "edge which I thought very effective.
Similarly with cream cotton over the deep red lace wool (0.5 x 3.5) leaves a good solid line.
The large (3.5 x 5.0) further to the right was a complete contrast showing through the base layer.
I spent quite  a lot of time on this sample page and was pleased with how many effects arose from it.

Sample 3.

Next I chose a raw silk in deep red with the frayed edge. I decided to mount it on a sample page as the fabric was far too thin to use as it was.
I began with 4 colours of embroidery threads with a white cotton cord twisted around them and sewn on with invisible thread. Yellow and purple satin strips were twisted and over sewn using gold metallic thread and an orange bobbin. The tension problems are evident in the smaller purple twist where by I tried sewing a solid 1 x 2..5 zig zag stitch - you can see the orange thread has come through to the top - could be useful in future designs.

Sample 4

I was in a local shop the other day - bric a brac and loads of lovely crafty bits and pieces and I spied old fashioned pipe cleaners in vibrant colours and bought some home to try cording them.
This is the result - I kept the gold thread and twisted the pipe cleaners into circles and random shapes and colours, they sewed over beautifully, however the fabric I chose was a printed cotton and too light without a backing fabric and stretched and puckered in places. But, the pipe cleaners are I think a success as they are so flexible - just needed more stability from a backing fabric.

Sample 5.

In the same shop I found childrens packets of multi coloured "hair extensions"! These are exactly what I have sewn down and behaved very well as long as you twisted them sufficiently and used a wide enough zig zag stitch to contain the hair. I played around with the sizes of stitch and the result of the purple was I tried to go too narrow with my stitching and missed a lot out.
I did notice the tension problems resulting in a lovely orange and gold stitching too and this could be useful in the future. This page also would have benefited from a backing fabric as there are puckering issues.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Module 1, Chapter 4, Task 2, zig zag and beyond

Module 1, Chapter 4, Stitch Magic, Task 2, Zig Zag and Beyond.

Sample 1.
Design 6b running stitch
 Design 6b zig zag stitch
 Design 6 running stitch

Design 6 zig zag stitch
Design 7 running stitch
Design 7 Zig zag stitch
Design 7b running stitch

Design 7b zig zag stitch
The samples that worked well are the stronger designs that have much thicker lines eg 7 and 7b.
The fine zig zag stitch required on 6 and 6b are virtually the same as the running stitch.
For this reason and because the lines are so much deeper and bolder I prefer the latter 2 designs.

Sample Page 2

I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with the zag zag stitch and finding out what could be done with my machine. The possibilities are endless! I like the "rushes" design and the strong "cross" design in the centre using the stitch width knob whilst sewing to alter the stitch and create this graphic image.
I do not think the top "boxes" design worked I was trying to combine different stitch sizes but created a weak finish. I could have sewn over and around with larger stitching on reflection.

Sample Page 3

Started building up layers of fabric and over stitching in zag zag. My favorite mounted designs are the strong lines using a large zig zag stitch on the tall layered pink and blue chiffon. Love the flowing lines over the delicate material. Good contrast.
Also, I think the middle top design was striking I used scraps of raw silk that was fraying along with pieces of organza and stitched over in various sized of zig zag - pleased with the feel of it.
The rest have some parts I like but I think I could have made them better by changing the colour of the thread perhaps to a more subtle tone particularly on the yellow / orange bottom right design.
The blues of the fish shape top right is quite effective. Not keen on the round "rosette" type design - just hasnt worked, not structured enough for me and looks unfinished but not sure how I would have improved that.

Sample Page 4

This is where I started using the buttonhole stitch - originally all sewn on scrap lengths of black felt and then cut and mounted onto the orange felt background. I wanted a 3d effect and like the fact that not everything is attached! Its a strong graphic image and when I was doing it I loved it but now I prefer the more subtle colours and fabrics in the last sample page.

Sample Page 5, "lace" and "ruffle"

Began by sewing pieces of lace onto strips of fabric varying the colours from light to dark - there is cord sewn under the blue and purple / white lace, I was trying to "ruffle" but realised my zig zag stitch was not wide enough. I did get it right eventually as you can see in the purple and pink satin. I used a multi coloured thread throughout to add to the interest. As a sample page I was pleased and can see it will be useful in the future.

Sample Page 6 "Lady in pastels"

Using my own hand dyed satin fabric (from a previous local machine embroidery course) I began by ruffling the pastel bottom layer of her dress, leaving the cords in, at this stage there was no intention to create an "image" as such I was just playing around. The form developed though as I went and then I began to have a vision of a lady in a lovely summer satin dress. I love the finished piece and really like to finish a task on a good one. I have used varying satin stitch and colours in the background using the ideas from the previous sample page 2.

This is an additional attachment, it shows my attempt at lettuce leaf edging using a dark maroon pair of tights, with a white bobbin and a yellow top thread on a very tight zig zag stitch also the gathering using elastic on the pink stretch jersey material.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Module 1, Chapter 4, Stitch Magic, Task 1,Superb Satin Stitch

Superb Satin Stitch Sample Pages 1 & 2

Page 1

Page 2

It appears to me that the perfect Satin Stitch would be the equal length / width stitch combinations ie 2.5 width and 2.5 length etc
There are obvious tension problems at either end of the spectrum on both samples.
Also I can see that satin stitch would be very useful for Applique work and also for decorative / design work later on.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Module 1, Chapter 3, Task 3.

These are my "Stitched pieces" from the "Designs" that I had previously done:

 Design 1.

Stitched piece with the ends left loose to accentuate the direction

Design 2.

Stitched piece

Design 3.

Stitched piece

Design 4.

Stitched piece

Design 5.

Stitched piece

Design 6.

Stitched piece

Design 7.

Stitched piece

Design 8.

Stitched piece

Design 9.

Stitched piece

Design 10.

Stitched piece

 Design 11.

 Stitched Piece

Design 12.

Stitched Piece

Design 13.

Stitched Piece

Page 14.
Sample of my machine stitch sample plus hand stitch additions on the left hand side.

Page  15.
Further sample of machine and hand stitch embellishment

Page 16.
Inked page sewn onto a sample page with threads left unfinished

Page 17.
Torn magazine and torn out page from my old water color block and over sewn onto a sample page.

Page 18.
Mixed sample page with layers of fabric and metallic thread and machine sewn onto the page along with further machine and hand embroidery work and a stitch sample in four sections.

Torn out magazine page sewn with equal spacing diagonally then dampened and distressed, I tore at it with a wooden clay tool that had a lovely serated edge.

Page 20.
Monochrome magazine page worked in the same way as above - prefer this moody, shadowy effect.

Page 21
Yellow satin sewn onto a calico sample page first and then stitched in curves. I used two colors for this though the second color was possible a little too strong for the monochrome effect you were asking for.

Page 22.
Final sample page for this task! Really happy to end on this one,