Saturday, January 23, 2010

Work in progress / Serendipity

I never pull a stitch out. I try to work with it or cover it over. In this case some black lines got a little out of control and I wanted to get rid of them completely, like they weren't there at all. Instead of searching for a suitable thread color which would resemble the red fabric I was working on, I decided to pull strands from the very fabric itself, pulling it apart, un-weaving it. The strands were not very strong, but with careful stitching I managed to cover over my error, the result looking like a scar. After a while I realized I had added a kind of subtle texture to the fabric, which I liked, so I began to do it deliberately. Now I am covering much of this piece with this 'new, discovered-by-accident' technique. It's creating a nice, 'background' effect.


  1. I like this meandering texture ... like that it's made of the same thread as the base. Serendipity ... what magic it can work.

  2. A great solution. Reminds me of the kantha cloths of India - without embroidery threads, the stitchers would unravel the blue and red selvedge threads and use them for quilting.

  3. It reminds me of couching only you already had the stitches in place and were just covering fun to discover something new. I also like it that you used the thread from the edge.