USING THREAD AND YARNS TO CREATE TEXTURES
The course notes state that you can make your own yarns from fabric, rags, stockings, polythene, leather or dyed muslin strips cut, torn or twisted together.
I had already discovered how effective this is as I had used some torn stockings as a yarn in the sample from stage 3 … stocking ‘yarn’ can be seen to the right of the sample in small areas on top of the raffia ‘rocks’. It does produce a wonderful soft and interesting texture. The background fabric is hessian.
I had already found some yarns including a new variegated thread I had bought this week in almost ice cream colours that I wanted to use for a sample but at the point of purchase was unsure of how it could be used. On looking through the drawings I could not find one I liked so referred to my general sketch book and found one that I really liked.
According to the notes I was meant to find a drawing with texture, colour effects and proportions and although this one does not specifically have texture in it I felt that it was perfect to be able to add it and develop further. The drawing was based on a fabric that was originally purchased by my late Mum and these are 2 scraps that I saved after she died – Mum had liked the fabric as the colours were those she had seen on a road trip in Alaska so also felt that the colours I have were perfect to recreate in a sample.
At this point I chose threads and yarn including some torn up fabric and voile ‘yarns’ and wrapped in rough proportions around some card and am now thinking about the stitches that I want to use – I did add more colours than I initially planned. I am primarily thinking of using the torn voile as a stem stitch between the sections of stitching and with some sections done as satin stitch and other sections in cretan and herringbone but as I realised this was not going to work to be fully successful so worked it out one area at a time. My background fabric I still want to be seen, hence the use of the herringbone and cretan stitches, as it is a cotton in the same colours as the threads that I like and was hand dyed a few days ago but wasn’t sure how to use it.
This is the finished sample – I turned it into a mini quilt (12 inch square) with silver thread used for free motion quilting around the sample and a self made binding. Frustratingly I have realised my sewing machine needs a service as the decorative stitches are not working as they should so stitch I used for the binding is not what I would like but it serves its purpose although I would use a traditional binding if I do another as the finish is far neater.
I chose to use the strips of voile for satin stitch in 3 different areas along with additional sections done using thin fabric strips. I then used herringbone for the variegated thread, cretan stitch and couching in embroidery yarns and metallic embroidery thread and then a mix of chain stitch and stem stitch for additional areas and outlining in various colours of tapestry wool.
The close up photos below show different areas of stitching that have created a lot of texture and different effects. I chose the colours very purposefully for the areas as I had wanted to work with the colours of the fabric and highlight them if possible by showing some of it through some of the stitches to try to add additional depth.
The couched areas in green and pink with small cross stitches to secure were a happy accident – I had not known or been able to decide what stitch to use in these areas as nothing had looked right but looking at a Jacobean embroidered chair my late Mum had done many years ago I realised she had used this stitch and technique and it seemed perfect as it gives a slightly puffy effect and therefore another texture.