|Fabric collage #1 by Jennifer Gould|
I haven't worked out the right titles for each piece yet but the first one went together so quickly but the stitching was tortuous. I wanted to do a lot more free-motion machine embroidery but, because it had been a while since I had done free-motion, I forgot what kind of stabilizer to use (this one has two layers of craft felt which was too soft and squishy for the machine). If using machine stitching, I should have backed the entire piece with something like Timtex or Peltex, a very stiff backing through which machine stitching as well as hand stitching will work. So I did a lot more hand stitching on both pieces. I ended up loving both the way they turned out. And I do love hand stitching. The whip stitch that I often use reminds me so much of mending that I often incorporate that in the title.
|Fabric collage #2 by Jennifer Gould|
My second piece had the same problems with machine stitching as the first. It made me do a lot more hand stitching but also a lot more thinking about the stitched marks I was making--- so that was a good thing!