Friday, June 22, 2012

Experiment: Twisted silk strands, a hexagram and a bit of linen

I love the messiness of the silk against
the tight weave of the linen.

Naomi (of the fabulous blog String Geekery) gave me two hanks of raw silk attached to some strips of fabric in deep reds. It was given to her to incorporate into her amazing spinning, but the colors aren't right for her. The deep reds and burgundies make me giddy.

The strands get wrapped up in my fingers.

Early this morning I stretched out the tangled hanks and cut of a few strands. I found a bit of linen in my stash. I wanted to play.

The feel like the softest hair.

 I used the I Ching strictly as a pattern creator and threw coins to come up with this simple series of six lines to stitch. (This is not spiritual guide for me, although I like the poetry of hexagram names: this hexagram is K'un, oppression/exhaustion.)

On a pile of textures.

It was like stitching with human hair. I loved the way the strands bunched and knotted. Very different from the factory-perfect pearl cotton I usually stitch with. 

Now I want to try more unusual (for me) threads. And I have two questions for you, stitch artitsts:

What are your favorite threads to stitch with?
What pattern generators do you employ?

Please be generous!


  1. Saw this via your Flickr photos in the Embroidery group. An interesting method of pattern generation. I, too, enjoy using random processes and/or mathematical algorithms to generate patterns. One of my favorite methods uses a simple generator program I wrote (very) loosely based on an art game I found in Design Synectics (or maybe it's in Art Synectics—I have both).

    I also like taking simple graphic elements and turning them into fractal-like images. And then there are Maze Generator ( and Scribbler (, both of which are fun to play around with.

    1. Those are wonderful suggestion for pattern generators, Triche, thank you!! I especially want to play with the maze one... lots of fun, creative ideas. Wow!!