Last week was week 23 for my Made on Monday challenge. I decided to continue my experimenting with Inktense pencils. Numbers 21 and 22 were also created using inktense pencils, and although I don’t really like piece 22, I do like the idea of using a simple image, and outline stitching it with free motion embroidery.
The starting point was an offcut from a piece which had been painted using stencilled images. (Have I mentioned I have a LOT of STUFF in my sewing room which needs to be used/donated/thrown out?) So I used it… and grabbed a bag of stencils which had come from some magazines meant for paper crafts.
Using the pear stencil I created the image by blending various colours of inktense pencils, wet with a mixture of textile medium and water. I used less water this time, because number 22 showed me how much the ink spreads when wet.
I then experimented with a border, still using inktense, because the fabric did not have colour all the way to the edges.
Finally after checking the layout with my trusty pink board with a 5 inch window cut out, I stitched with free motion embroidery, using simple outlines around the pear.
The background was stitched in a leaf pattern, sort of following the pattern of the leaves but not really! I stitched around the border triangles as well to try to make them pop up a bit from the fabric.
After a zig zag stitch to finish the edges, it’s finished!
Detail of the stitching:
Currently I am borrowing Cora’s inktense pencils, and I am certainly sold on getting some of my own. I might get some of the inktense blocks, because the pencils are great for small areas and detail, but I think it would be great to be able to cover larger areas.
Do any of you have experience with inktense? Am I the only one late to this party?
Until next time