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

Friday, 7 September 2012

Certificate Module 2 Chapter 11

I really loved this chapter.  It brought together many of the things we'd done in earlier chapters.  I really enjoyed co-ordinating the machine stitching with the decorated fabrics.  Once I had got the right idea of Chapter 10, repeating the cutting and piecing with the decorated fabrics was fascinating and fun.  For some reason, I lost my usual enthusiasm for much of this Module, but now I seem to have it back and am raring to go!

I started with the paper exercises.


Next I used machine stitching to decorate some of the fabrics which I patterned in a previous chapter using monoprint, bleach and various methods of tie dye.  This was fun even though I did break 3 machine needles and even a wooden frame! 1 2a (on left) and 2b (on right) 3 4a (left) 4b (centre) and 4c (right) 5a (top) and 5b (bottom) 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Finally I went on to use these to make stitched fabric samples.

Stage A

Sample 1 was a simple, fairly symmetrical one, just to practise and get my eye in.  I started with the "stack and whack" method mentioned in the course notes.

2.11.sample 1 smooth side
2.11.sample 1 rough side

In my second sample, I joined all the equilateral (nearly) triangle shapes left over from the "stack and whack" to make what was meant to be a hexagon but actually had 7 pieces instead of 6.  While considering what to do next with it, my eye was caught by some trimmings lying about on the floor, so I stitched them around the edge of the heptagon so they could radiate out from it.  It made me think of some sort of sea creature, an octopus or a jellyfish, so I sewed a loop on the centre so it could dangle.  I have photographed it both ways.

2.11.sample 2 radiating
2.11.sample 2 dangling
In sample 3 I tried to incorporate  some interesting decorative seams.  These are evident in the first piecing, although they progressively disappear with subsequent cutting and re-joining.

2.11.sample 3 first piecing

2.11.sample 3 second piecing
2.11.sample 3 third piecing (smooth side)
2.11.sample 3 third piecing (rough side)
In sample 4, with the repeated cutting and piecing it was eventually too thick to seam again, so I butted the seams for the last piecing and used a wide machine stitch to make a faggoted seam.

2.11.sample 4 (side 1)

2.11.sample 4 (side 2)
 Stage B

I started by making one large sample.

This I then divided into three using the Fibonnacci Series proportions.  The first piece I left as it was, the second piece I cut and re-joined once more and the third piece I cut and re-joined twice more.  I then re-assembled the three sections.

2.11.B2 (side 1)
2.11.B2 (side 2)


  1. You've done so many samples! Some gorgeous ideas. It IS a good module when you get going, isn't it? Lovely stuff.

  2. Lovely stuff Catherine - you've obviously loved it!

  3. You've got some lovely stitched samples here, and lots of imagination with your decorated fabrics. The machine written text on st5a looks great. I love your octopus! The radiating image is interesting, its amazing what you can put together with scraps!

  4. These are fabulous Catherine, I'm just behind you on this module and loving it too. it really does bring lots of elements together from previous chapters.
    Quite a complicated module for me but now I'm feeling a real sense of achievement!

  5. Wow. Wonderful idea. I can't wait to see the final product. I'm looking forward to it. Nicely done.

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