back stitch as a drawing medium

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 7

Module 2:2 and something completely different.  In today’s creative challenge there aren’t any grids as we get to start using back stitch as a drawing medium.

The challenge was to create a line drawing using back stitch.  You start with a sketch or a photograph and trace it onto tissue paper, then you pin the tissue to a piece of fabric and stitch the lines.

back stitch as a drawing medium
back stitch as a drawing medium

Once complete you peel the tissue off, using tweezers to get any stubborn little bits and voila you have a picture.  It’s quite an odd exercise as you don’t get to really see what you’ve created until the end but I really enjoyed it – so much so I made two samples.  I’m guessing that we’ll be using these later in the course, adding background, etc but for now on to next the module

Unlike the other exercises there was no need to record details out of the threads, etc used as the drawing is created with a single strand of brown thread but as with the other challenges they set some questions…

  1. what works well about your sample and what can you improve?
  2. What other images could work well as a starting point for a stitched line drawing?
  3. how can you be more ambitious and experimental with back stitch as a drawing tool?

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