Today I held a Machine Embroidery workshop. Some people had done some free machining before but not a great deal. In the morning I used my own machine embroideries based on seascapes as an inspiration for discovering the different marks that can be made with both straight stitch and zig-zag.
Variations were explored in speed and direction:
In the afternoon experiments in form followed the principle that spiral stitching creates peaks from flat fabric. Added to this zigzag stitch over wool yarn gave the opportunity to build in the same way as coil pots or basketry. Some lovely colourful pieces were created and stimulated ideas of further developments into jewellery, bowls or mini hats. It was great fun imagining what might be achieved!
What do you think?