Rule one : don’t have rules, don’t follow them
– Difficult to do, by following the no rule rule I am following a rule so can’t be following the rule of having no rules, umm. Welcome to my idea of logical and sense.
Rules make my responses predictable and formulaic. As soon as I make rules the fun goes out it. Yes, there are ways of doing, approaches that work, but they must not become a rut. The techniques must serve my purposes, not dictate what I can do.
Stitching must be neat, lines parallel, corners precise. Thread must match the fabric and always use the ‘right’ needle.
Use what you have, use what you need, use what works. Make not having the ‘right’ colour an asset. This is a tree with only one green, the variations give it life.
Your tension must be perfect. Either the threads should cross within the fabric or ideally just below for freehand machining. Looping is very very naughty.
Nah . You sew with 2 threads so why not use both of them? It can be fun to let the bobbin thread show to give little picks of added colour or tone., pull loops through to the surface – get more texture and volume out of that row of stitching.. I am not making seams, there is not going to be that sudden draught as you sit down too quickly.
Keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Edges must be neat and all ends sewn in.
Nope. Surfaces are fun. Okay, sewing through a dense jungle can pose problems but there are always ways and means, from the excellent kebab stick to tissue paper.
Never give up.
Do. Don’t be precious. Let go.
Scissors can be a creative tool. Sometimes the premise is wrong so putting more and more time into a piece will never work. Chop it, cannibalise it, use it in another way. Don’t let it hang like a millstone. This was one – never happy with it, with the soggy blob of a focal point, now it is in two, much, much better. Will look even better with proper framing