Moon Bathing

MoonBathing-2

This is my first experiment with stitching in three dimensions. The idea stems from some recent stumpwork embroidery that I’ve seen.

Stumpwork is the name given to a style of raised embroidery, originating in England in the second half of the seventeenth century. The threads are worked around wires allowing for three dimensional effects to be created. Traditionally this method has been used to create motifs such as flower petals and insect wings that protrude from the picture’s surface.

I’ve taken the idea further and used wire and threads to create an embroidery that is not constrained by the limits or a frame/canvas.

Moon Bathing Unicorn

This first example is a little bit rough but it’s been a positive start as it shows that this idea could work. I made use of scraps of fabric and threads that I had to hand this weekend but with the right materials this could produce some really effective results.

From a practical point of view the only major problem I’ve encountered is finding a way to ensure that the fabric remains taught once the images are cut out but this shouldn’t take too much to work out.