Reflection after Stage 6 Using threads and yarns to create textures

At first, I had some trouble translating drawings to stitches, but it became easier once I practised the stitches mentioned in Stage 1 – Preparation. I had never tried using stitches to make marks and textures like this. I always used stitching to embellish fabric or hide the seams of a quilt. I found the running stitch, chain stitch, blanket stitch and French knots the easiest stitches to use to translate drawings to stitches. Choosing my source material was easier. I didn’t have trouble choosing drawings which had a lot of texture and were suitable to express in stitching.

Some of the samples that I made were more successful than others. I think the sample that I made using French knots in Stage 1 was quite successful. It has a lot of texture and the greens work well on the black background. I also like the sample that I made in Stage 6 – Using thread and yarns to create textures. I had never tried twisting together fabrics and other materials, but I liked trying out different materials to find out which effects I could achieve. I also felt less inhibited during this stage. I could basically use every material that I had and felt that I could be really creative in my materials and the stitching. The samples that I made in stage 5 – Stitches which create texture, where I made stitches in different directions, were less successful in my opinion. I made 2 samples using this technique, one with just one thread and another using a matt and a shiny thread. I do not really like the effect. There is texture but it looks random and I feel like there is not enough cohesion between the stitches. I experimented quite a bit with different stitches, but I can definitely take it further. Especially since there were some stitches that I was not familiar with.

I prefer playing with materials and yarns to create effects. I feel like I can be more spontaneous and be more creative. Using my drawings felt a little more restrictive and it was difficult to not just merely make an interpretation of the drawing rather than make a sample that is strong on its own. But I feel like I have made progression through the different stages and became more confident in choosing stitches that are suitable to express the marks in my drawings.

Even though I am not a hundred percent satisfied with all my work, I do not think that I would like to change anything. I do want to take my work further and experiment more. Making more samples using the same drawing as reference, but trying out different stitches to find out what works best.

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