Saturday, March 14, 2009


(Edited to add photo) My wonderful DH found the inspiration photo for the piece. This is one of the many photos of bark that I have which inpired the piece below.

Here is my second homework piece for my machine embroidery class. It is based on a photo of bark that I have in my studio journal. I thought I had the photo of the original bark somewhere on the computer but can I find it??? Oh well. This is done with fused applique, with many layers of fabric and stitching. I used oil paint sticks to color most of the fabric. It's a mistake to use oil paint sticks with multiple layers. It's hard to stitch. I should have remembered that from my try of oil paint stick colored bowls before Christmas. But no!

Here's a few close ups.

I even did a whipped mossing stitch in black ala Ken Smith in a recent WOW workshop on machine embroidery. I really like how that stitch came out. Now only one homework assignment left.


Vicki W said...

I really love the effect of the stitching on this. Were you using some of the built in stitches in freemotion style?

Annica said...

Wonderful! Great interpretation of the photo!

Val said...

Just wonderful Ruth - the colours are amazing. What bark is it - what tree is the bark from? I'm referring to your work as wonderful, but so is the bark!

Emma said...

Great example of the mossing stitch Ruth. I have also done a workshop with Ken Smith, he has beautiful work. Thanks for the comment on my page I appreciate the feedback. Emma from Brisbane