Layers, print and stitch

Experimental samples learning how far I can push my Bernina…not counting the broken needles!  Stitching through layers of block printed scrim on the one hand and finding ways of stabalising the new generation of  lightweight fibres such as Lutrador or adding patches of hand made silk papers or fibrous surfaces originally intended for papermaking!  galaxy-templategalaxy-2galaxy-4galaxy-3galaxy-1galaxy-5

Connecting Threads 2017

My first blog post for a while.  I have been busy sampling and refining techniques in print and stitch: in particular re-learning  the Bernina embroidery software and the workings of my digital sewing machine now that it is finally up and running again.

Last year I made three small pieces of work almost as an after thought for the Imagined Landscapes exhibition.  It was here that all the elements of my work seemed to work one with each other…layers of hand made silk papers,  hand printed from laser etched wood blocks enhanced with handstitching…stitch as drawing.  Here the concept of hand made digitally-digitally handmade began to make sense…something I had been working on for a while.

The small samples shown here challenged not only me but the machine, in particular how to stitch through layers of hand made surfaces without creating havoc with the fine tuning of a digital sewing computer.  Something my older, work horse non digital  bernina wouldnt have batted an eyelid at.

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