While sulking about the Boundary Tree, I decided to do a series of small ‘drawings’. The technique is very simple- mark out the design, thread machine, change presser foot, drop feed dogs and stitch, and stitch and stitch. It is like doing a continuous line pen drawing but much noisier, more frustrating and slower. The idea is so straightforward – what could go wrong? Not as if I haven’t done these before….. but still…
Daft idea one. Let’s try to recreate a quick, spontaneous pencil sketch done a month or two ago.
Daft idea two. Let’s go back to the site to refresh the memory – blowing a gale, and raining sideways. Not ideal conditions.
This fabric stuff is a pain – it attaches itself to any little snag, goes to fluff when pulled apart, and the dye rubs off. Apart from this it is fine enough to let me layer for tones and it is quite tough. I tried it layered onto the backing as if it was a wash of tone and then stitched over, tore the excess away to leave feathered edges. One layer for the close hedge, two and three for the trees. Not bad if a bit lumpy in the trees.
But this is me – never happy to leave alone – went on to experiment more – Question – is this robust enough to stitch on without backing? err…..straight stitch yes, zigzag no. Densely no. Question- can I use it with the rip or iron away stabiliser? Yes, but it is not a thing of loveliness to work on, in fact – No, don’t want to. How dense can it go? How black do I need? How much is too much? see pic for answers- Does look like a very poor exposure. I was working on a brighter white linen which was way too clean so did also try ink staining as well which gave the colour halo. I will probably play more with this one – try paler grey stitching as highlights- or just start again and have another go. Wonder what bleach will do to it?