I really enjoyed doing these samples and feel a lot more confident that I can make the machine stitch where I want to go. Not yet perfect, but better!
Samples 1 and 2 – The colours are quite stark, with well defined lines. The narrow lines give more interest by breaking up the blocks of colour. 3 and 4 – The lighter touch of the automatic patterns gives a much more subtle effect.
The top sample uses only stitch to try and capture the different colours and fissures of the ice. In the second sample I used a piece of dyed scrim to give a more textured approach, but it was more difficult than I thought as, of course, the stitches immediately compress the texture.
I saw these images of the arctic seas and was fascinated by the lines formed, though I did think they might be more open to fabric manipulation than stitching, but you never know….
I used a dye palette for these samples. I didn’t use the green in the first image as it wasn’t in the original image, but just loved the juxtaposition of colours.