In the first example below I began by choosing one of my log cabin samples and stitched uneven lines of running stitch before gathering. Unfortunately because I stitched with normal sewing quality polyester thread, one of the lines of stitching broke. Thinking about this I came to two conclusions - the first was to use shibori quality thread next time, and secondly ungathered sections create a more interesting finished effect.
Log cabin sample:
Log cabin, stitched:
Log cabin gathered tightly:
In the next sample I chose some commercial striped fabric and gathered it more loosely than previous sample. I then rearranged the gathers in order to imitate, at least partially the lines in the image of the tiger's markings below.
Striped fabric, gathered loosely and then rearranged in an attempt to capture the tiger markings above:
Wrapping fabric strips with thread:
Instructions from "Three Dimensional Embroidery" by Janet Edmonds
Finely woven linen in first 'failed' black dye bath, wrapped in white crochet cotton:
Next step was to coil the above wrapped fabric into a pointed shape reminiscent of peaked shapes on tortoise shell:
I really like this shape. Definite possibilities for a possible panel for my tortoise inspired bag!
So I tried it again, this time using some of my more successful dyed black fabric, wrapping the fabric with white crochet cotton. Again I really like this little sample, even better than the one above, although sewing it into a coil shape was very hard on my fingers. Will need to remember to use a thimble next time and hope that needle doesn't break!!
Still wanting to experiment with a similar shape using a different construction, this time based on Jean Draper's "Raised structure with bound points" in her brilliant book Stitch and Structure, I created these little shapes. Though they have possibilities, I think I prefer the solidity of the above shapes for my bag. Reckon they will be considerably more hard wearing! :)
All in all a good day filled with lots of experimenting. What I enjoyed most was taking some of the earlier methods used in previous chapters and samples and adapting them in a new way. Happy to be moving forward in my ideas for my bag, and beginning to "see" it evolve........
Three Dimensional Embroidery, Janet Edmonds
Stitch and Structure, Jean Draper