So it's thread painting Thursday and today I made a small freestanding applique for the waterfall piece. It is the tiny tree that you can just see at the top of my design from yesterday.
Next, I filled in the trunk, making sure I went back and forth over and over so the stitches interlocked.
Next I filled in the leaves. Most thread artists tend to use a tiny granite stitch for this, however I like to use up and down strokes, simply because that is what Eucalyptus trees are like. If I was drawing a deciduous tree, I might do it differently.
I loaded two values of khaki green, lighter in the bobbin and tightened the top tension so the lighter thread would show at the tips. This is called colour spotting (see Encyclopedia of machine embroidery, or Beginner's Guide to Machine embroidered Landscapes)
These three pictures show the final steps.
While the work is still in the hoop, I pin it to a piece of poly styrene
Next. I release the hoop and trim of most od the stabiliser
Finally, I hold the piece under running water until the stabilizer has washed away
The work the needs to dry
If you are impatient like me and If your poly styrene is very thick, you can push the pins right down and use an ironing cloth over your work, lightly ironing until it is dry. This will still take a fair amount of time, because you need to make sure the polystyrene doesn't get too hot and melt.
Your small piece can be used as an applique, or in another fibre work.
Hopefully in a week or so you'll see this one in the final waterfall piece