|my 'patching and piecing' piece|
|texture of plain coloured fabrics|
|detail of hand stitching - running and blanket stitch|
|more hand stitching - trellis work with satin stitch and bullion knots|
I have just completed a weekend with Ruth Issett called "Stitched Surfaces to Dye For" as part of the Embroiderers' Guild North East Region's spring school.
This sample is the first part, using a method called 'patching and piecing' where different types of natural fabrics (not wool) are machined together in strips of various widths. After the first stage is complete, the assembled fabrics are cut into strips again in the opposite direction at right angles. The new strips, which now show a series of squares of fabric, are assembled onto a backing fabric and constructed again using 'fancy' machine stitching. Afterwards, other additional embellishments and hand stitching are added, and then the dyeing process begins . . . to follow . . .