Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Another technique! Freeform needleweaving

Here is another technique that I haven't tried before. Freeform needleweaving with beading. The design is VERY loosely based on one of my drawings from an historic fabric swatch in the V&A textiles collection. I outlined the motif with wire using a cordonet thread around the shape and filling in the interior with a variety of freeform needleweaving stitches with emrboidery threads and metallic threads. To add lustre I also used some beading. To stabilise the shape when finished I used buttonhole stitch around the perimeter. The wire enables you to bend the shape and it can be attached to a piece of work as a relief piece of raised work. Quite a lot of work for such a small sample but fun to do.

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