I started this exercise by working with a pale green embroidery thread and tried various combinations of stitches. The block of satin stitch squares really show the difference that the stitch direction/light can have on the colour, it gives the effect of a chequerboard. On the leaf it gives a different shade to each side of the leaf.
French knots give a really good covering and interesting surface when close together, but are also good more spaced out. Stem stitch is also good for filling in shapes, and gives a good surface coverage. I tried the herringbone stitch and blanket stitch, random lengths, shapes and coverage.
I then tried different weights of threads and also couching different types of wool - knobbly chunky, slubby and eyelash.
I then tried all sorts of different media, I used a coarse linen for the background.
Patterned tights - this gives a nice effect but I cut it too thin and it kept breaking, it might be better to couch it.
Ribbon yarn - laid flat on the fabric and caught down with tiny stitches. I really like how this worked out, the texture and the colours.
Various ribbons - nice and chunky effect
Video tape - easy to sew with, shiny without glitter.
Net, leather & raffia - all fairly easy to sew with and give good chunky effects
Plarn - made from a plastic bag, easy to sew with, matt finish
String - quite difficult to sew with, used stem stitch, chunky and matt. The string defiantly sits on top of the fabric.
T-shirt yarn - I made the first one too thin, which stretched very thin when I stitched with it, so I tried again, cutting it wider, which gave good surface coverage.
Leather strip - ruffled and stitched down with small stitches.
Couched piece of red net and some unspun wool. I tried working some French knots over the top of the couching.
I also tried some French knots over a piece of silver net and then over some sequin waste.
I then tried lots of these different techniques and ideas out and put them onto the mood boards for Stage 4.