Work done for City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery with Distant Stitch.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Module 2 Chapter 3 Machine Stitched Columns Revisited

I had another go at stitching into the original boring machined strips, which I had previously printed and coloured.  I used black and white acrylic paint and printed from one of the strips onto another.  I stitched on top in black and white thread and then used an oil pastel to rub on top to highlight the relief of some of the stitches and give more variety of tone.  These strips were all influenced by fish scales and fins.

I then had another look at some animal photographs I had to get some fresh inspiration.  I rather liked a photo I had of a sea anemone.  I was really interested in the combination of wiggly lines and circles.


 I tried making a new column, with a combination of printing and stitch.  I varied the thickness of the lines by adjusting the stitch length and width and by use of whip stitch and couching.  The circles were printed on with black and white acrylic paint using a print block I made.  I was quite pleased with the results.

 I tried printing a digital photograph of the sea anemone column onto cotton fabric which I had treated with Bubblejet and ironed onto freezer paper.  I managed to fit in 3 copies, each of which I treated differently.
The column on the right was just stitched on top of the digital print. 
The "stitching" on the centre column was all virtual: rubbings from other textural stitched columns were made on tissue paper and glued on with matt acrylic medium.  Digital photos of stitched squares were printed onto organza, cut in strips and applied to the surface using Bondaweb.  A few more circles were cut out of black painted Bondaweb and ironed on.
The left hand column had rubbings on tissue paper glued on and then it was stitched on top.


  1. Hi Catherine
    Wow, these are just wonderful.

  2. I like the circles or dots - they could be eyes, cells, scales - anything really.

  3. These are simply beautiful.I love the "ghost"texture in the middle one.Looks as if you've taken on the work done with Jan at Urchfont and made it your own.