Preparing To Create Texture
I looked back through my work and my sketchbook and chose six drawings to work from, and decided to create a small mood board for each one.
1. The first one was an image of a piece of ceramic work covered with blue swirls. I did a quick sketch using Derwent Inktense Pencils. I chose some fabrics and threads. Using the printed linen, I made a small sample using chain stitch to create the swirls. I think this would also work well with couching.
2. The next example was a photograph I took of a piece of bark with some kind of fungus growing on it. I chose some brown linen to work on and selected some different weights of thread and wool. I used the ribbon wool and couched it down onto the fabric then filled it in with some chain stitch. I used some net and french knots in various weights of thread for the fungus. This piece didn't work as well as I had hoped. The couched ribbon got lost under the rows of chain stitch, and I don't think the funghus was prominent enough. The piece was also quite delicate and I think it needed to be a lot bolder.
3. For the third piece I used a drawing from my sketchbook of a pepper. I like this drawing and thought it would lend itself to a simple stem stitch shading, I chose thread based on the colours of the pencils I used in the drawing, then selected a range of fabrics and papers in the same range of colours. When it came to working the sample I found an old striped scarf and decided to try that instead of the shading. I crinkled it up and stitched it down using a simple running stitch. I like the effect but it doesn't really portray the smoothness of the pepper, and although I like the effect it created I think my original idea of the stem stitch shading would have been more appropriate.
4. The fourth image I chose to work from was a quarter of a sketch based on a gerbera. I chose fabrics and threads then did a small sample using stem stitch as shading - using two strands of thread, mixing the two colours in between. I then tried stitching different fabrics down, using different colours of thread. I like this and think this would definitely work to produce a really good shaded piece.
5. The fifth piece is based on my biro drawing of the mushroom gills. I picked out some black, white, grey and silver thread and a range of fabrics in similar colours. I used a piece of grey organza as a background and couched pieces of the fabric onto it. I like how this piece has turned out, although a bit of restraint was perhaps needed. If I was going to develop this piece I would probably just stick to using net and organza. I would also like to try drawing the gills with batik and then work onto that.
6. The last piece is based on my drawing of a dried orange slice. I again chose a range of fabrics and threads based on the colours in my drawing. I made a small sample by cutting small pieces of all the fabrics and stretching a piece of net over the top. I stitched the net down using stem stitch. I created the edge using a random cross stitch. I tried two different techniques on the orange flesh. One was seed stitch and the other was rows of loose chain stitch. I decided not to use black thread and I thought it detracted from the lovely orange colour too much.