Creating suspended shapes using sheer/transparent fabrics and stitch I started this chapter back at the end of January, then put it to one side to concentrate on the dress. You can see the influence of that design process on the first sample which is backstitch on clear PVC. I photographed it against a window and you can see both sides of the stitching. To make it easier to work on PVC, I pricked out the design from my drawing and then just stitched in those holes.
Sample 2 – back to my main theme, folding and ironing cotton organdie into pylon shapes.
Sample 3 – referring back to photos used in chapter 2 (see this post) long stitches in different thicknesses of thread on silk organza.
Sample 4 – similar to sample 3.
Samples 3 and 4 layered in front of a window.
Two more samples based on the same theme with added curves. Left sample 5 organza bonded onto heat resistant acetate and stitched. Right sample 6, loose threads bonded to organza, shapes cut, bonded to background and stitched.
For the remaining samples, I returned to the 16th century needlelace designs and made a string print block of one of the motifs, then printed with white acrylic paint onto organza.
sample 7 – I added a variety of hand stitches in different weights to the front and back following the lines of the print and filling the spaces with loops of detached chain stitch, creating shadows.
sample 8 – a freer interpretation – overlapping prints with a few areas picked out in stitch and added beads. (Sorry, these don’t really show up in photographs).