Taking inspiration from rust dyeing and Shibori (Resist).

Fabric (Cotton) and Hospital Paper which had been printed upon with excess Indigo dye were now used to place rusty fire grates upon. A water and vinegar solution was sprayed upon the metal to speed the rust/print process up and steamed in a ‘kettle’ for an hour.

These resulting rust prints were left to dry. Once dry, the paper was cropped, backed (Iron-on stabiliser) and cropped together to create interest with the structure prints.


Blanket stitch was utilised to create a coherent and symbiotic relationship between the stitch and print. I carefully chose the coloured threads/yarns as I did not want a bright or gaudy contrast to overtake the subtlety of the design.IMG_1842

The edges were secured with an overlock zig zag stitch. Again, due to the nature of paper, the sample began to curl at the edges. The sample was also put under my A2 folder topped with a heavy box.


I had previously created these designs within my Paint Layering session with Sasha at Uni. I added other layering ideas such as masking fluid and bubblewrap print. The patterns and colours were so beautiful, but I genuinely had no idea what I could do to utilise them as a sample for stitch or print.

BRAINWAVE!!! I could print them onto my handmade paper, deconstruct and then reconstruct them via strip cropping.


I made sure that there was no two of the same coloured strips next to each other, which further enhanced the shapes, patterns and colour of the design. The texture of the handmade paper only added to the tactile quality of the design.



Using the Gutermann threads to create texture. Straight machine stitch and the Super Stretch Stitch were utilised to create similar, but completely different textural qualities.


Reverse stitch (Bobbin) embellishment (learned from a stitch workshop with maggie) was utilised to create a far more textural and structural surface pattern. Perle Cotton thread was used in a variety of colours, which I will keep secret!! You can decide upon these for yourself. An artists never discloses everything.

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