Guest Blogger Pauline Oakey
My book for Level 2 Experimental Machine Stitch was inspired by my love of flowers and gardening. Hence, Colors and Textures in the Garden. I wanted to try and incorporate a variety of the techniques that we had learned in class. I found taking ownership of an idea and developing it was a liberating feeling, as the course came to a close.
The front cover of the book is a representation of tangled branches. It is made up from machine cords, stitched onto a transfer-painted background.
This page is an abstraction of a passion flower, using the shape of the stamens to make a pleasing design.
Inside the book, a brick wall is used as a background for flowers and vines, climbing their way up. The flowers were made using various free-motion methods on the machine. The wall has a textured, weathered look, which was what I was striving towards.
The big flower is based on the type of flower embroideries don in Elizabethan times. It has various layers of dyed fabrics and fusibles incorporated and is machine-stitched together using free-motion stitching.