Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cloth doodling

Cloth doodling?... Well, I can't think of a better name for it! It's what you do when you just pick up the cloth and thread and without really knowing where it's going, you start something ;)

It's what you do when you forget the iron and your sketchbook!

Calico and two strands of DMC embroidery thread.

A design outline sketched in graphite and then stitched using blanket/buttonhole stitch.

Couldn't resist peeking! Reverse applique using a scrap of hand-dyed, upcycled silk, in a slightly darker tone as the under layer.

For successful reverse applique it's important to do the stitch so that the passing of thread through thread happens on the inside of your design, where you'll be cutting through the top layer of cloth.

Intricate designs are hard to stitch in this fashion. It's diffiuclt to get around all of those complex corners!

This is how it's looking so far.

Reading through missed posts on Jude's blog yesterday, I was introduced to Manya Maratou's blog Mythcolor. If you don't know Manya already, I recommend that you visit her soon! Have a lovely Sunday afternoon!


jude said...

just exactly as i like it!

Jacky said...


Jacky xox

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Nicely done

neki desu said...

cool1 is this similar to richelieu stitching?

Puddleduck said...

Hi Catherine! This is gorgeous! ..and what an apt title!
Sandi xo

Deb G said...

Oh now that's fun! Looking forward to seeing what it becomes.

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