Its official I am ‘rubbish’ at machining. When I am doing it – all I want is for it to be over, in comparison to immersing myself in the actual stitch and the relationship between fabric and thread of hand sewing. I feel its cumbersome and the poor old machine knows I feel this way, its trying its best but its ‘clonking’ away and I find the sound very disturbing.I must give it some time so that I can get to know it again – must press on
Yes, this is a piece of cloth being stitched by machine, something I have resisted at all costs. It’s a very different experience to hand stitch, seems at the moment much more complicated and less able to be manipulated. It does however have a very different technical approach where I have the sewing machine, camera and computer all acting as my tools to make and record the work immediately its stitched and at stages as I work.
This artis Deepa Panchamia work is very inspiring. The simple yet complex arrangements of folds build into amazing stand alone pieces
This is St Clare, she is the patron saint of needleworkers
During my Ph.D research I know that I have to compare my hand stitched sampling with machine stitch. I am struggling with the idea of placing this large lump of metal between me and the cloth I am engaging with. The machine stitched pieces are about the outcome; the hand stitched pieces are about the process. My hands will be used only to guide the cloth through the machine to be stiched, whilst I physically make the stitch when hand stitching and have much more creative input into the outcome.