I am using this blog to chart my journey as I get involved with stitched textiles again after a gap of twenty odd years. I've tried once or twice recently to get started, but time - the lack of it - got in my way. Now seems right though, and this online diary will be my reminder not to let it slip through my fingers again.
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Studio Journal

I've just been whiling away a few minutes having a look round textile blogs around the world - a few minutes can easily stretch - and I came across one which I immediately lost and don't know where or whose it is.
However I stopped long enough to note that it was labelled "a studio journal", which immediately struck a chord.
That is EXACTLY what I'd like this to be, and if the owner of the other blog doesn't mind, I'll append the label here too.
I didn't have time today to make any physical progress, but I have been giving some thought to developing the circles theme.
-  Bonding lame to canvas ( an old technique of mine), then embroidering some textured spots through both layers using velvet stitch and contrasting with satin stitch.

This is a scrap from an old piece where lame has been bonded on to canvas and a
chevron pattern stitched through in random places. It doesn't need to be lame of course. Any fine fabric would do.

And another detail from an old piece shows spots stitched on canvas which has been spray painted and left unstitched. I liked the spots here.


  1. Interesting to read all your thought processes - embroidery is such a fascinating art-form, especially for me as I know very little about it! Looking forward to reading more :)

  2. Marion--

    How did you bond the lame to the canvas? Did you use fusible web or some kind of glue? How do you find the holes in the canvas afterward (bright light underneath, by touch?). Thanks for sharing, this may be the answer to one of my questions about incorporating embroidery into my quilts.

  3. Hi khshaker
    I do indeed use fusible web. I find the holes by guesswork really, using a sharp needle of course. I sometimes turn the canvas over and work from the back too. But mostly it's just by eye. You get a feel for where to put the needle.
    Also when you bond something as fine as lame, the contours of the canvas grid tend to show through.