A stitch: imagination and discovery

If you have read my last post I will now refer to another thing that Anne Gailhabaud wrote me in her second email when speaking about the “A” stitch.

In the same manner, I think we are both different, but complementary (in imagination and creativity). The parenthesis mine, to make it clearer as to what Anne was saying since I’m not providing the whole context.

So true Anne, your imagination leads in one direction and mine in another. When Anne was imaging Christmas trees and birds I was imagining more letters and patterns. Anne does what I love see happen with the stitches. She makes them give expression to the picture she sees in her mind.

However, I don’t despise the gifting of my imagination because it its not like Anne’s or some other person. As Anne says they are to be seen complementary. I think this attitude is what gives imagination wings allowing it to both develope in it’s own unique way and granting it full freedom to enjoy other people’s work. 

Here is the expression of what I was imagining. I saw eight letters of the alphabet in this stitch and made them into patterns.  If your counting and wondering where the eighth is, the “A” was done in the first post and I stitched a number of patterns on it alone. 





But you can see there are more than alphabetical patterns here. The first pattern I worked (top photo) was a a three prong version of the “A” stitch and that has lead me to consider the stitch in a couple of ways:

First: I worked the “A” stitch differently than the sheaf stitch from Sharon b‘s TAST week 28. But it has so many similarities. Could some of these patterns be more simply worked if done like that stitch? And what did my experiment from that week yield? Anything close to the “A”? Well then would a barred arrowhead stitch be just as fine? Are there other possibilities? Where does this stitch fit?  What do you think? Or have you seen or used this stitch before? There are so many stitches I’m not familiar with yet, I would be please with help about it.

Stitch construction is a fascinating subject to me. The more investigative side of me is still grappling with these issues all the while my imagination is running free and discovering more patterns.The tension that the thread is under, it’s stability, the wear and tear on the thread, the thread’s behaviour as it is manipulated are all components of what I think about. Does the thread lay differently if it is gathered up by a loop of thread than if it is passing though a loop of thread?

Then there are the questions that are not part of the construction but still come into play when we look further down the road. What will the stitcher’s experience be? How much do we consider ease of stitching and time involved in making the stitch? What limitations of application will the stitch have? Will the stitch be stable over time? Can it stand up to the wear and tear that it will be subject to in various end uses?

Next post planned for Monday (us, west coast).

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