Last week I spent three blissful days in Grassington at the Stitching in the Dales course run by the local Embroiderers' Guild. Our tutor was Kate Stewart and she led us on a painterly journey of stitched landscapes using transparent fabrics.
Our starting point was a background of painted cotton organdie and the main image was built up using fragments of coloured voiles and organza. They look rather ordinary against an opaque surface but hold them up to the light and the colours sing out. With clever layering you can build up a depth of field creating a wonderful 3D effect. The fabric is stiffened with thick plastic sheet to make a mini screen or more sculptural piece like the pot of auricula's below.