Somewhere in the middle of last week’s very through description of thread painting patches, I mentioned that I had some more thoughts on how to create depth and dimension by manipulating zig zag direction. As it turns out, I’m working on a Christmas quilt that demonstrates some of those techniques. That means you all get a sneak peek!
When I first tried this technique, I was hung on turning the fabric around and following the line down the center the of the zig zag stitch essentially creating a satin stitch. Don’t get me wrong, in some cases, like the SANTA letters, it is exactly what you need. I’ve drawn a line around the letter ‘t’. See how the thickness of the line created by the satin stitch is consistent and if I were perfect, would be the same width at any point on the line.
In the sample of the filigree, I’ve kept the fabric in the same direction the entire time I embroidered it. You’ll notice when the fabric moves left to right, the line gets very thin. When it moves up and down the line is the full width of the zig zag, like in the letter ‘t’ above. An amazing thing happens when you start moving the fabric is swoops and curves, but not turning it –
I’ve put a red (thick) and blue (thin) line to call out the width changes on one of the swirls. It is exciting because it takes very little effort – it is a natural consequence of the zig zag stitch being used in this way and there are limitless ways to take advantage of it. My favorite use it to change directions of the stitch to highlight or shade parts of my patches. You can see it in this sample from the Hungry Caterpillar gift bag:
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