|Colourful hand-design cushion|
The first time I visited my cousin Armand’s apartment I was blown away by some of the artworks. There was a beautiful textile work framed and hanging and also two lovely cushions. The photograph above shows my favourite of the two. I love the colours, the shapes and the way it laughs out loud. I know that there are artists who scoff at textile works and say they are not art, but who appointed them to make such a decision?
|Close-up of hand design cushion|
You can see from this picture the way in which the pattern is created. I find it fascinating that such a beautiful piece can be created from such a simple form of chain stitch. Such beauty from such simplicity. I decided there and then that I wanted to have a go at making something using only chain stitch.
|Circles and Lines design cushion|
This is the second of the cushions. I love the reds, white and black but am not so keen on the other colours, but I do like the overall effect.
|Close-up of the stitch detail|
I’m really not sure how the stitch is worked in the design – it looks like a cross between a knit stitch and an embroidered chain stitch. In any event, I am hoping that working entirely in an embroidered chain stitch will give a similar effect.
|Abstract chain stitch pattern|
I have begun this piece of work in chain stitch. I have no idea what I shall do with it when it is finished, mind you, that day probably won’t dawn for a very long time yet! I am using stranded thread of various brands and a fairly lightweight unbleached calico. I have not planned a design, instead I have decided to see where the pattern takes me.