So ... I have been playing around with ideas incorporating blackwork embroidery. Now I am trying to use the geometric designs of that technique with free motion embroidery. I originally thought I would draw up some patterns and use the special stitches on the machine that I have played with a little but quickly realised that that was rather pointless, dropping the feed dogs takes away the control and the patterns do not appear.
So I just tried to make my own designs. I did them freehand, using ribbons for the outlines and then just trying various grids and filling them in in ways that occurred to me after browsing blackwork embroidery books. (Two I really like, here and here.)
I only used one layer of soluble fabric and an embroidery hoop. I decided that as it was a sampler, just to see what I could come up with, that I wouldn't be too precious about being geometric. I thought some of the patterns would fall apart when I dissolved the backing but I was pleasantly surprised. Most of them worked.
|With the backing still on.|
|After dissolving the backing.|
I think I might try drawing some of the more geometric patterns onto the backing before sewing next time and see how they come out. I will just have to be careful to make the supporting grid.
By trying to incorporate aspects of blackwork I have made it easier in one way, I don't have to worry about colour.