Marking a curve

curved  lines of stitching on collaged fabric on  fuzzy battingCurved lines!! Stitched spontaneously without marking!!! This is something completely new for me. The works seemed to want it…I’m a bit doubtful, but  it’s early in the process.  Samples would have been a good idea. Think of all the unpicking if I don’t like it…curved  lines of stitching on collaged fabric on  fuzzy batting

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Linear marks

A palette of thread colours for one area.

I’m still experimenting with the order I stitch the different colours. I used to start with the mid-tone. Often I ran out of room for the highlights & lowlights. If I start at one end of the range sometimes I don’t make it to the other end. 
Recently I’ve been starting with the lightest colour. Then switching to the darkest. Alternating light and dark, moving toward finishing in-fill using the mid-tone. This seems to be working well. 

Lightest threads stitched, beginning the darkest


It never ceases to amaze me how the thread stitches out on a white ground -darker and less colourful than it appears on the reel. Experimenting is essential!