The technique is easy but the stitching and cutting rather hard on the fingers. I used two layers of denim and four layers of other fabrics including some plain coloured curtain lining and some cotton batik. Dyed rather than printed fabric works best. The fabrics are layered up then stitched diagonally on the bias of the fabric. The layers, excluding the base, are cut through. Then comes the fun bit - you shove it in the washing machine on a long wash then tumble dry. Unfortunately you need to tumble dry it to bash up the fibres. Some people attack the fabric with a wire suede brush. With luck, the fabric fluffs out to make a really lovely soft textured surface. It is a great way of recycling fabric and the rug just gets softer the more it is used and washed.
There is a down side!
Cutting the fabric puts a lot of pressure on your thumb joint, however I invested in a new pair of Fiskars Servo cut scissors and they are brilliant. You need less pressure to cut.
https://www.facebook.com/LizBrookeWardstitchedtextiles which you may like to look at as well.
(However, hopefully I am making up for the lack of posting today.)
This photograph of my work, (which has already been sold) has been commended and will be displayed at the British Lichen Society AGM held at Kew Gardens on 15th January 2015.
The British Lichen Society www.thebls.org.uk/
I am really delighted - especially as under no circumstances could I be described as a scientist or even much of a photographer - just an inspired stitcher!
On the same subject of stitched organisms, I have also been asked to submit some of my lichen embroideries for an exhibition at Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey. This isn't until Spring 2016 so I have plenty of time to stitch around 40,000 French knots.
Noyes Museum of Art - Oceanville, New Jerseywww.noyesmuseum.org/
Work planned for this year? Stitching resolutions?
Make my new bodies piece and also a companion for the Hellebore I made last year - a Wild Arum. it's another plant that I find very intriguing - not least because it is carnivorous.
That will do for starters!