drawing blog you know that I have been focusing on contour drawing. I thought I might try some contour drawing with my sewing machine. I laid a little bunch of leaves next to my sewing machine and decided to first draw some of the leaves on a gray/green fabric and fused them onto a piece of white canvas. Then I started "drawing" using black thread in the machine. Free motion stitching is not unlike drawing with a pen or pencil, except instead of moving a pen across the paper, you move the fabric under the needle.
I wish I had not stitched the veins in the leaves. Too much and they are far too tight and fussy. I removed them from the photo in Photoshop to see what it might have looked like. I like it better.
Lovely lovely lovely. You are an inspiration. That seems to simple to say, but really... I am continually amazed by how your mind works and how you share your thoughts, process and results with us.ReplyDelete
I really like the veins. I think they add impact, or something like that.
I like the stitched veins, but would make the shadows closer to the stem and leaves.ReplyDelete
That's a lovely little piece of work. I understand what you feel about the veins - they do work to designate them as 'leaves' rather than just blobs but maybe they would have worked better in a grey/green thread (closer to the fabric colour)? As Deborah says - it's nice to see your thought processes.ReplyDelete
I like the veins in the leaves, they add definition to the leaves and I like the shadow lines...adds dimension to the piece...very nice!ReplyDelete
That is so cool! The first think I noticed was how great the veins look. Don't change a thing!ReplyDelete
I see what you mean by the veins, but I think that they actually make the shadow lines look more like shadow lines and less like odd outline. Probly just me.ReplyDelete
I always like hearing about your thought process on your work. Makes me think more about mine. :)
I can see what you're saying about the veins, but I also like the definition they give - maybe something in between. It's that old conundrum about when to stop. I like the softer blue stitching behind the leaves - implying other vegetation.ReplyDelete
I did a similar exercise a few years back, drawing with the sewing machine. My goal was to improve my free motion stitching, and while I did not create anything worth keeping, it was very informative. I think that your drawings are an even better "what if," and inspire me to revisit the experimentation. I hope you keep going crossing over between the drawing and the sewing.ReplyDelete
Hello, I love the colour of the leaves! I'm wondering what type of sewing machine you use when sewing with canvas? thankyou!ReplyDelete
PaddyAnne, I am just using my regular sewing machine, which is a Janome 6500. Sewing through one layer of canvas is not a strain on it.ReplyDelete