Friday, April 17, 2020

Community Stitch Challenge - Week 4

Week 4 - Richard McVetis U.K.
"Couching"
Richard is also a British artist-maker who studied constructed textiles at the Royal College of Art.
He is now best known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and objects. He is inspired by process and the act of making, it's ritualistic and repetitive nature.
His work often involves multiples of embroidered dots and crosses worked on wools, which he sees as an extension of mark making using pen and paper.

Our challenge this week was to draw on Richard's love of stitching, paying attention to time and labour that encourages us to slow down and explore the tenderness and rhythms of hand stitching through an activity exploring couching. I found the process very relaxing.
My first attempt at couching. First part of challenge was to stitch a few samples, I chose 2” x 1 3/4”.
Straight stitch using knitting and sock wool.
Jacobean or Trellis stitch using variegated Sashiko and black embroidery threads.
Random stitching using various threads.
My final piece is a door from a jigsaw puzzle.
I enjoy photographing doors and windows, wherever I travel to I look for them and wonder what is happening behind them.
DMC variegated perle and embroidery threads. I enjoyed the process so much so that I sat for 2 days stitching and couldn't put it down.



5 comments:

  1. I love the look of the trellis stitching. Your stonework is a clever use of couching. You obviously had more fun with the challenge this week.

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  2. Did you think, when you started, that you would end up where you did? From no couching experience to the final piece is fantastic. Great colour, texture and stitch. And you enjoyed the process too.

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  3. Its adding a different element you can use in many places. You really are enjoying you quiet time.

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  4. Very pretty! Your embroidery is inspiring!

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