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Thursday, March 17, 2011
A Landscape of your own - 2
Well, I have finally gotten this tutorial together for you. Today we will look at free motion embroidery on our landscape.
Since I am not videoing the stitiching for this tutorial, I have included short videos of the pattern on a whiteboard to help with visualising the motions. Remember, drawing is great practice for free motion embroidery.
So far we have cut some strips and arranged and fused them. It is a simple landscape, but a really easy one to start with and one that can be changed in many, many ways.
The first part I do is the sky. This is a very simple treatment for sky, a sort of flattened stippling. Look at the video of drawing this pattern on the white board.
Next the far away hills. I have used an up and down motion to cover the whole hillside. I used a grey thread and allowed the purple to show through. I also used two different greys in the bobbin, which was loose so the colour spotted. Darker towards the bottom and lighter towards the top. The reason I use grey, or sometimes a grey blue colour here is that these colours will make the hill seem far away. See the whiteboard video for this stitch pattern.
The next hillside was with a matching olive green thread and grey in the bobbin. The bobbin thread was loose so it spotted from time to time, helping to meld the two into the distance. I used granite stitch along the edge of the hill here. Watch the whiteboard video of this pattern.
On the next hill, I again only stitched the top edge. Variety in textures will give depth. The thread was a slightly lighter thread with no spotting, starting to move forward in the picture with brighter colours. The pattern here was a horizontal zigzag (using straight stitch) down the diagonal slope. Watch the video below for a clearer idea of the pattern.
In the layer above, I used a bright green with balanced tensions (no spotting) and drew grass shapes of uneven heights. The white board video is below.
In this last layer, I actually did two different threads. The one above in a dark green with the same pattern as the previous layer, and the one below, where I used a variegated thread. The pattern is the same again, grass shapes, but I spaced them apart. You can also see at the bottom the stitches going left to right, where I was marking time waiting for colour changes in the thread. Again, this has led to a serendipitous change in my plan, which I will discuss, but first, here is the pattern video.
Below is my practice fabric. I always have a practice fabric, made up the same way as my piece, so that I can test out tensions and patterns on it before I begin on my actual work. When you change colours and bobbins and bobbin tensions frequently, you need to test everything on a similar piece of work - every time.
OK, so here is the piece in a piece of mount board 3x5 in. The serendipitous part is that when I put this on the scanner, the fabric slipped a bit and uncovered that little bit at the bottom. Now that I have seen that bit at the bottom, it looks like the side of a road to me, so road it shall be, and perhaps we need a fence post as well?
All art, if it is good art, takes us on a journey, and sometimes that journey is not where we intended, but somewhere better.
I will show you the decorative stitch tutorial tomorrow, hopefully.