I took a while to come up with some designs. As I have already said, I played with fabric paint and stamps. Then I tried to match the stamping with embroidery. I found this quite hard. I had trouble envisaging how embroidery would complement the designs that I had come up with.
I think I was influenced by the screen printing I had done as part of my Diploma of Studio Textiles and Design. We learnt how to design repeat prints, how to screen print. But now I was being asked to combine that with embroidery and I had trouble visualising the two together.
Here is my attempt to come up with a design, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It has elements of his grids and his floral designs. I was inspired by the gorgeous book, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Textile Designs, by Roger Billcliffe. It has many images of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs as well as those of his wife, Margaret and her sister Frances Macdonald. As the title suggests, the focus is on textile design rather than architecture, for which Mackintosh is also famous.
Now I had a printed piece. It had taken ages, waiting for each part of the printing process to dry before trying the next step.
This is as far as I have got with this one, I don't have a clear idea of how to incorporate machine embroidery yet.