Over the last few weeks time and location have not been mine. Sewing machines are not known for their discretion and portability, so I have indulged in a hand stitched study of a tree. I did not want to lug collections of threads around so it is done entirely in charcoal grey. The aim was to try to mirror the sketching style.
The current sketches are very quick pen work, layers of rough crosshatching with the odd descriptive line twitching away. I find this satisfactorily active and informal, allowing for variation and modification, but tidy it isn’t. The sewing machine is too definite and organised, the lines are even and without gaps and sudden aberrations, would the hand stitching be any different?
The whole is worked in a small running stitch, quite uneven and even rather wobbly in places. The trunk has a layer of a diagonal stitch over the top to give greater density but this is not an exercise in perfection or is intended to excite admiration for the technical expertise. This is about making the very simple work very hard.
And the over all effect?
There are one or areas are asking for another layer but in essence it is done. Successful?