Little stitches

Making some progress on the Klee sketchbook front cover, based on his painting ‘Small Picture of Fir Trees’. I upgraded the blog and apparently I can upload videos now – this is just a little test to see what I can do.

A little seed stitching

I have a very small piece of hand-dyed silk net, which is one of the most delightful (and expensive) fabrics you can handle, and I’ve been saving it for a special occasion. I decided this was the occasion. I’m using an eco-dyed stranded floss from Arlee on layered organdie, silk organza and net.

I don’t often use a frame but seed stitching is easier this way. I also want to scatter stitches across the surface so it’s good to be able to see the whole thing.

Hand dyed silk net and silk organza

The sun is a raw-edge circle of loose-weave cotton scrim, covered with very sheer chiffon – a type of shadow applique, I guess, since the cotton circle is secured underneath the sheer.

In progress

Video, though. Imagine the possibilities!

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

4 thoughts on “Little stitches”

  1. I find slow stitch videos mesmerizing in the best way … and actively shun the time-lapse versions that give me the same juddering feeling as sewing on a machine … looking forward to more of your care-full stitching

    1. I was quite surprised when I watched this little clip how quickly I’m sewing. It feels much slower in real life.

  2. It’s lovely to find a place for such special scraps, isn’t it!
    And I agree, watching a video of yourself stitching is very odd. It always looks a different speed to how it felt!

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