Chapter 1 Shape and Form

ROUNDED IMAGES

ROUNDED FORMS WITH HAIRY OR SPIKY EDGES

ROUNDED ELONGATED FORMS

CRINCKLY OR SPIKY EDGED FORMS

GLOBULAR FORMS

THIN GRASSY SHAPES

I made a greyscale copy of this tulip to enhance the shadows before drawing and stitching

STITCHED TULIP

THE STYLE OF CEFYN BURGESS

I finally settled on the honesty flowers and seedheads for my stitching in the style of Cefyn Burgess.  Below are my first two attempts.

Grinling Gibbons image and drawings
drawings in the style of Grinling Gibbons

I chose the second composition to stitch.

stitched samples

I think the proportions in the second sample are better.  I find it is getting a lot easier to look at an image and transfer it to stitch.

drawing and tracing
tracings
tracing with proposed stitched areas shaded
stitched sample

Looking at this now, I realise I have got the thin handle on the left a bit wrong in that it doesn’t join the top of the jug and looks a bit odd.  I’ve also left ou the bottom row of writing – it should say …an eye opener on how to create sometimes unexpected shapes.  I like the effect of the stitching creating a rather lacy effect against the black felt.

And now for something completely different…  I have been studying Angie Hughes’ way of working on velvet and dd these two pieces….

trees on velvet - 1
trees on velvet - 2

I sprayed white velvet with blue and yellow fabric paint, ironed to set; then sprayed with black Quink which I discharged by printing with bleach.  I then used bondaweb and misty fuse to affix heat foils and , in the first one, pieces of gold sweetie foil.  In the second I used painted bondaweb for the trunks and leaves.  I then layered on chiffon and did my stitching, which was mostly whip stitch.