Thursday, December 13, 2012

Module SIX – Chapter 5 – FREE MACHINE STITCHING TO INTERPRET DRAWINGS – PART 2


I add eight more samples based on other drawings from Chapter 1. As before I have enlarged the drawings to see all minute marks and placed them before embroidered samples.
This time I have left my sample photos uncut to show the undulating or irregular shapes fabrics take after embroidering.

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 SAMPLE NINE (approximately 13 x 13 cm)
The background is dyed woven linen and has   been machine embroidered in zigzag whip stitch with heavy distortion and puckering of the fabric.





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 SAMPLE 10 (around 11 x 11 cm)
This background is three layered: muslim on the back for support, bluish cheesecloth as a middle layer and a flimsy white cotton weave on top. Wool yarns were fixed on it with free zigzag, the white top layer was slashed in several spots to show the blue underneath and freely oversewn in zigzag stitch.




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 SAMPLE 11 (around 13 x 16 cm)
The gauze was covered in blocks of free satin stitches which formed holes in the fabric and heavily distorted it.
I did my best with the photo but details show badly despite all my efforts. 



Sample 11 bis


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 SAMPLE 12 (approximately 10 x 10 cm)
Habotai silk is colour stained and double-layered and gives a light quilted effect. Chiffon strips are attached on top, round shapes are in cable stitch and whip stitch.





Sample 12 bis


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 SAMPLE 13 (18 x 13 cm)
A layer of tulle net was fixed in stripes on a background of very transparent chiffon (I used Romeo film as a stabilizer). Stripes are set by free zigzagging.





Sample 13 bis


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 SAMPLE 14 (about 9 x 11 cm)
Whip stitch and free straight stitch on  brushed rayon.





Sample 14 bis


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 SAMPLE 15 (around 15 x 12 cm)
Acrylic fabric on a white cloth with scrim stripes sewn. Acrylic slashed. Free straight stitch and whip stitch.






Sample 15 bis


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 SAMPLE 16 (around 13 x 13 cm)
Cable stitch in straight and zigzag variations on heavy dyed acrylic felt.






Sample 16 bis

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Module SIX – Chapter 5 – FREE MACHINE STITCHING TO INTERPRET DRAWINGS - PART 1


Here follows a first batch of eight samples based on some drawings from Chapter 1.  Original  drawings measure approximately 4 per 4 cm but have been enlarged to enable a clearer view of small marks and placed before each sample.

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SAMPLE ONE (around 9 x 9 cm)

The background is dyed cotton cloth sprinkled with salt when still wet.
All free machining is whip stitch (straight stitch).










Sample 1



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 SAMPLE TWO (around 10 x 10 cm)

Background: synthetic silk brushed with acrylic ink and sprinkled with salt.

The textured heavy lines are embroidered with twin needles in a narrow zigzag stitch. Dotting is free straight stitch .








Sample 2 


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SAMPLE THREE (11 x 10 cm)

This habotai silk was backed by a support fabric. On it silk in a different green shade has been appliqu├ęd using a dense zigzag stitch. Light blue yarn is worked in cable stitch from the back.









Sample 3 



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SAMPLE FOUR (9 x 9 cm)

Background is silk doubled with felt.
Machine embroidery: straight stitch, zigzag stitch.










Sample 4




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SAMPLE FIVE (12 x 12 cm)

For this graphic sample I needed a stable background and I opted for a white synthetic felt.

A first single zigzagging dark blue line in straight stitch is ‘wrapped’ by secondary lines in light blue and grey (high tension in the top).








Sample 5 


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SAMPLE SIX (10 x 7 cm)

For the background painted Bondaweb was bonded on coloured ink.

Only minimal machine stitching on this sample – simple straight and zigzag lines -since the background is heavily patterned.






Sample 6 



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SAMPLE SEVEN (around 10 x 10 cm)

Synthetic velvet for the background.

‘Bubbles’ are outlined in zigzag cable stitch and filled in zigzag whip stitch.







Sample 7 



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SAMPLE EIGHT (14 x 8 cm)

Grid in zigzag stitch in different colours on two layers of gauze.











Sample 8

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Module SIX – Chapter 4 – FABRICS AND THREADS – COLOURING AND BONDING


Threads before dyeing
Chapter FOUR invites to prepare and colour threads and fabrics for use later in the Module.
On the left my threads and yarns are wound around plastic covers and cling film tubes and are ready for a dip in colour.
For colouring I used acrylic inks instead of dyes. I recently discovered these paints and find them extremely practical and easy to use: no stiffening, vivid hues, no need to fix them by thermosetting or soda ash, excellent light fastness. They are simply great to colour both papers and fabrics.
For applying colours I used brushes and spoons on the wet threads lying in a shallow tray.

  
THREADS AND YARNS

This is a general view of my stash, followed by some detail pics.

Threads general


Threads detail1


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FABRICS


I dyed and painted different types of fabrics – calico, linen, cloth, velvet, felt, cheesecloth, silk, scrim, synthetics and others. I used mainly white or pale coloured fabrics, sometimes also printed or patterned fabrics from my stash.

Techniques used:
- dyeing with Procion
- colouring with acrylic inks and acrylic paints by dipping, brushes, sponges
- salt on wet colours
- bonding of acrylic paints, crayons, oil pastels with Bondaweb.

I have arranged my fabrics in groups according to their prevailing colours – mainly blues/turquoise with touches of pink and green and the last stash of greenish hues.
  
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Group TWO



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Group THREE



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Group FOUR



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Group FIVE



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Group SIX



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Group SEVEN

Monday, September 24, 2012

Module SIX – Chapter 3 – FREE MACHINE STITCHERY

 I arranged my free machine patches in two samplers. The first one collects my trials at free straight stitch, zigzag stitch and whip stitch both in straight and zigzag stitch. This sampler of 10 lines includes 90 square patches each measuring 3 cm.

As suggested by this Chapter instructions, I used white calico doubled with tear-away stabilizer. Needle size was 110. No hoop was needed.

SAMPLER ONE – FREE STRAIGHT STITCH, ZIGZAG STITCH, WHIP STITCH

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Lines  1 to 3 – free straight stitch - normal tension on top and bottom

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Lines 4 to 6 – free zigzag stitch – normal tension on top and bottom

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Lines  7 and 8 – whip stitch (straight stitch) – loose bottom tension, normal or tighter tension in the top

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Lines 9 and 10 – whip stitch (zigzag stitch – from narrow to widest) – loose bottom tension, normal or tighter tension in the top

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Sampler two is worked on two layers of calico. Patches are a bit larger (4 cm each) and are arranged on 3 lines. In some instances I used a very loose tension in the bobbin (I keep a separate bobbin case for these experiments), in others I bypassed the bottom tension altogether. It’s been a try and fail process, depending on type of thread and tension.

I lost the tiny tension screw a few times when stitching and crawled for minutes on the floor on my fours armed with a pin magnet to get it back – a very unnerving experience!!!  With some yarns bypassing tension is the best option while with others nothing seems to work and I just had to give up using them in the machine.


SAMPLER TWO – CABLE STITCH (straight and zigzag stitch)


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