I’ve been working on the next stage of OCA Textiles 1, which is using stitch to make marks, lines and textures. I’ve been trying both machine and hand stitching – I’m always in such a hurry I tend to think ‘machine’ first, and I’d forgotten what a pleasure it is to sit and stitch by hand. Especially with La Traviata on the CD player and the sun shining 🙂

revisiting some of my pencil marks and lines in stitch

a machine stitched sample based on something linear from my sketchbook

playing with hand stitches to create texture

I got some Koh-I-Noor watercolours from Art Van Go on Tuesday, plus a new tiny sketchbook for my handbag, and a Aquash paint brush with a water compartment. I christened them all with a sketch of my little dog, Tansy the Tibbie, asleep on her favourite chair. The brush is quite hard to hold as the handle’s so fat with the water reservoir.


stitch samples

9 thoughts on “stitch samples

  • June 28, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I love the samples you made and especially the development of the sketch. The Koh i noor watercolours are just great. I saw them demonstrated at the launch of Thr3fold and was amazed how great theye were and also how cheap. I’ll be looking out for more examples.

  • June 28, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    You’ve done some great stitching there. You lucky thing you’ve got sunshine, you’re making me jealous it’s raining here, again.

  • June 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Sarah Jayne – did you enjoy the Thr3fold launch – I’m still deliberating whether to get the first issue.
    Susan – I shouldn’t have mentioned sunshine – it’s bucketing down now – and I had washing on the line!

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  • September 5, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve just started OCA Textiles and I’m really enjoying it too. I love your stitch samples.
    I also have a tibbie called Lottie, she is 6 months old and is currently lying in the small patch of sun by the open back door.

  • September 5, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, Rachael, six months old – how lovely. Tansy is almost 14, but actually she still thinks she’s 6 months old. I’m just about to start the stitch samples for colour effects, but have got waylaid with my other course (quilting), which I really need to finish soon.

  • March 11, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    What a wonderful Blog you have. I have only just started my own and I’m following a few to give me inspiration. Your blog is full of inspiration and I’ll be following it intently. My mum and I have opened our own little craft shop in South Wales which we adore and I’m trying desperately to learn all the different craft techniques so that I can answer all our customers questions with confidence. It’s great fun immersing myself into the crafting world. Your work is lovely and I hope I’ll have your crafting skills one day. 🙂
    Many Thanks


  • March 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I am just starting my own blog for my national diploma students and was just looking for some images to inspire them when I happened across your blog. It’s so nice to see someone with the same interests and passions and with the time to put them into practice. Well done, your work is so comforting.

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