Mood board: Earthy delights
In contrast to the delicate fine stitching for the floral choker (see commission image) I am picking up the threads of an idea first explored in Embroidery Atelier – Visions & Passions for the Sissinghurst garden collection.
The mood board illustrated selects humble garden weeds to inspire both sketch and stitch; the design sheet acts as a reference for image, colour and texture, energizing the spirit of the stitched surfaces.
Design theme: Garden weeds influence decorative embellishments for fabric.
Colour story: Earth tones, drab khaki shades, moss greens, and acidic flashes of yellow.
Texture: Frayed, fringed, distressed surfaces; lacy layers of creeping foliage; three-dimensional fabric enhancement.
Materials: Linens, fine canvas, scrim, muslin; vintage linen twist threads; perle threads for couching; machine-embroidery cottons for machine lace; water-soluble stabilisers.
Techniques: Embellisher machine surfaces (needle-punching); machine-lace with thicker threads; stitched fringes; frayed fabric flora.