We then chose an interesting portion of our collage with the intention of stitching it in machine pattern blackwork.
Blackwork is a very old form of embroidery where different patterns, usually fairly geometric, are hand-stitched in black thread on white fabric.
Our homework was to create a formal blackwork sampler of different stitches using machine patterns to create different densities of black. I completed mine with a normal single needle, however I still had problems with my machine as it appears to not feed evenly so that some of the patterns don't line up e.g. bottom middle square.
Some interesting patterns did emerge from the unpromising set of patterns that my machine can do. The most surprising ones were the 3rd row middle and bottom row right hand squares.
I edged the squares in bands of black satin stitch - not particularly elegant but solved the problem of how to secure all the loose ends created when you had to keep starting a new row in the pattern. This took ages so I haven't attempted to use the patterns to sew a portion of my collage above.
This robin features a real twig and the following are variations on a tree design, the last one using some security printing patterns from the inside of envelopes.
Here are photos of the whole book in the order in which they appear. I hope my tutor likes it.
|Fat and thin lines|
|Lines evoking a mood|