Thursday, 25 April 2013

Adding some movement

Scribbled notes on a train journey. I feel the need to make my stitched strips ‘move’ and swirl’ rather than just hang. Drawing 3d solutions on a 2d surface is a challenge to your thinking but helps to start those contemplation moments where ideas can rise to the surface and crystallise.


Wrapping a trial strip around a plastic tube to steam set ‘shibori-style’, transformed the band into a narrow, rippling, twisting form.




It was interesting to see the different forms that this writhing strip can make.


  1. Lovely, almost got a mobius feel to it.

  2. I like this, I wonder what it would look like hanging in a loose spiral

  3. Sharon said it for me, would love to see some suspended images! Strangely I had been looking at shibori pleating so seeing your technique photos has put it in mind to have a go...when I have finished my resolved sample that is!!!

  4. it probably says something about me but i really like your piece after its been taken off the roller but still bound up!! However i also love the fluid movement of the unbound pieces, you can imagine birds swooping

  5. I love your stitch loop!

  6. The different stages all make new suggestions and I agree with Anne that the unfurled cylinder stage is a beauty. Thank you for reminding me to look at this again.
    Gravity takes its toll on the long loose spiralbut am making lots so maybe a clutch of them will support each other. I can't bring myself to use a synthetic fabric that will hold it better.

    Thanks for all your comments.

  7. It really captures the swooping movement of the birds.