Rubbings from Chapter 9 have been translated into stitchery. One stitch was used for each sample in different variations or thicknesses of thread in an attempt to achieve the effect of the rubbing.
I started this sample by creating a rubbing of the texture onto the fabric to form a background. I then used a series of randomly spaced and overlapping fly stitches using different threads – machine thread, fine string and sheer ribbon. I love the resulting ‘graffiti’ effect.
Again, I created a rubbing of the paper texture onto the fabric with white oil pastel. This time I used detached chain to replicate the original rubbing on tissue paper. I feel the bold long, narrow stitches in heavy cotton form a striking contrast to the more delicate ‘fluttering’ stitches made with thin string.
I really like this sample. Using simple running stitch, I first re-created the undulating lines transposed from the paper texture onto the original rubbing. I then stitched the circular and semi circular forms with a slightly heavier string thread.
I loved the organic, broken twisty image of the rubbing on the tissue paper, and felt that buttonhole stitch would reflect the appearance of movement. I worked these stitches in machine thread, and a thicker silk thread.