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Stitched sketch: Day 2

StitchedSketch2aI got a couple of hours last night to spend on my stitched sketch project, I’m still not sure whether it is going to turn out as I planned but it is now at least beginning to look more like one of my sketches.

In my previous post Stitched sketch: Day 1 I cut out and stuck down pieces of material to look like a well known Edinburgh view. Tonight I used the sewing machine to roughly sew around all the pieces. I was surprised how well the pritt stick had kept the pieces stuck down.

StitchedSketch2bOnce all the pieces were securely stitched down I could then start the fun part – trying to shade using the sewing machine. Only I ran out of time so I have only just started this on the monument on the left but you can get an idea of how it will come together using the stitched lines instead of my usual pen strokes.

I’ll upload more when I get chance to work on it again.

Stitched sketch; day 1

StitchedCaltonHill1aLast night I made a start on my first stitched sketch. It’s a leap in the dark for me and one which may not work out, either because of not looking how I imagine or taking too long to make, thus making it too expensive to recreate and sell.

It’s a well known view of Edinburgh and one I’ve sketched before and so am familiar with.

I started with a large piece of cotton, roughly half a metre wide and sketched a light outline in pastel pencil. I then cut out rough pieces of darker material to add a layer of colour, creating a 3D texture. Next I stuck each piece down to the main background piece.

The above photo is how it looks now before the final stage of stitching my sketch over the top.

I’ll let you know how it goes.