For the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
An exciting start to 2020
In early January, I applied to take part in the project ‘Art in the Garden’ at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage with the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. I was delighted to discover that I had been successful, and I will be making an A3 free-motion embroidery inspired by the grounds. It’s such a beautiful place and so inspiring.
What does free-motion embroidery mean?
It is a method of creating artwork by ‘drawing with thread’ using a sewing machine. This is done by dropping the metal feed dogs that feed the fabric through the machine. I put the fabric in an embroidery hoop and with an embroidery foot, sew whilst freely moving the fabric to create the design. I only use two stitches – straight or zigzag stitch. There is a lot of re-threading the machine with different colours.
Making the Embroidery
The completion date for my work is in mid-June. I will visit the Cottage weekly/fortnightly on Fridays, to make studies of the garden. I will use these in my studio as a reference for the embroidery. Like the garden, my embroidery will grow each week.
The story so far…
I’m deciding whether to use water-soluble fabric for the flowers. The photograph below is of my first sketchbook page. The sample that is all thread is a lot darker and I think that the colour changed when the fabric was dissolved because in the original photograph while it was still on the fabric, the flower is a lot lighter. I may try another sample with soluble fabric and just try dissolving the edges.
Goals for this week
To begin painting the cottage on the base fabric.