JQC 2006 JanuaryJanuary 3, 2006
I’ve gotten some sketches done on my January journal page.
This is the house I decided to work with this month. Isn’t it incredible? The photo was taken in 1915 (and is used with the permission of ADNA). The house is no longer standing. It was demolished in order to make way for the growing business district. What a shame! I just imagine that the 3rd floor room in the tower would make a great quilt studio! As best as I can figure, the house faced east and looked across the White River. So all those windows on the front would have been filled with morning sunshine and there would have been a great view of the Indiana landscape.
I did a little research on the internet and found that it has a lot of the features of a style called Stick Architecture; asymmetry, angularity, verticality, decorative “stickwork” (the wooden boards applied to the wall surfaces), Eastlake trim (the turned decorative work on the porch and hand rails) and square towers. It looks like the foundation is brick and the rest of the construction is wood.
So, on to the sketches… Since I am focusing on line this month, I challenged myself to stitch the whole house in one continuous line. I don’t have very much experience with free hand machine stitching so I decided I’d better start out with pencil and paper. I started out very simple, trying to outline all of the important features.
On this first sketch I took one of the drawings, a simple one, and used spray adhesive to stick it to my fabric and batting sandwich. Then I just followed the line as
closely as possible stitching through all the layers; paper, fabric and batting. I used a 30 weight Mettler thread.
I enjoyed doing it although it was difficult to sit that long and my arms and shoulders became very tense. Maybe with practice I will relax more? It was very difficult pulling the paper off and some of the stitches were pulled and distorted. So I decided I needed a new way of doing that.
On this second sketch with the machine I put in a little more detail. I used a thread from Presencia that they call #16 (not sure if that is the weight?) It is a much thicker thread than I have ever used before on the machine but with a larger needle it worked well. I drew this drawing with a fine Sharpy on a piece of Sulkey Solvey and taped it to the fabric sandwich to stitch over. That worked a lot better as I just rinsed the Solvey away with water after I was done.
The lines are still very wavy. I’m not sure if I can improve on that at this small size. I’ll try practicing some more.
I’m not sure where I will go with this next. I’m considering printing the photo on fabric and stitching the lines over it… any thoughts?
Thanks for reading!