Because I have joined the Made on Monday challenge, I am working on a new textile piece every week. Sometimes the ideas take a while to arrive in my head and other times I can fairly quickly execute something that I have been thinking about for a while.
Last week was one of those weeks where I had no idea of what to do, but was forcing myself to not overthink it. In looking around my sewing room aka “the studio” I saw some pencils and got an idea.
In the past I have experimented with stencils and painting fabric, but with the cold winter we are having here in Melbourne, I wanted something I could do inside. So without too much thought, I started drawing with watercolour pencils on the fabric. After I spoke with my friend Cora about how to make the colours darker, she advised me to use some fabric medium. So on her advice I mixed a small amount with water and dipped the nib of the pencils in to this solution before drawing on the fabric. I also tried painting the solution onto the fabric, but the lines were not as defined and there was more smudging than I was wanting.
So with a rather abstract “drawing” of flowers on fabric, I had to leave it for a week until my next day off. I did know what I was going to do next, so this morning I stitched using free motion machine embroidery, making loose flower and leaf shapes, over the entire piece. Here are some pictures of the stitching in progress.
I only used black thread but might do another experiment with future pieces using different coloured threads.
I made it larger than my required 5 inch piece (the size for the Made on Monday challenge), so I have managed to get more pieces out of it. I think it’s now called a series!
Then I cut out some 5 inch pieces and roughly stitched around the edges with zig zag stitch of different sizes. I wasn’t going for neat! (luckily!)
Here are the first 2 pieces, numbers 17 and 18 for my Made on Monday series. I will probably finish another 2 and mount them all together. When I do this, I will post an update.
This piece reminds me a little of a piece I had in an exhibition last year. I stencilled and painted the fabric first (it was warmer weather) used some thin fabric as a collage and then stitched over it using free motion embroidery.
A couple of close ups….
Until next time