This style of stitching is very familiar for me to do. Coloured silk strips overlaid with organza and secured and textured with running stitch. The running stitch is worked at 90' to the direction you want the ripples to run. In the real piece, the stitches don't stand out as much as the ripples.
There are many times that things are going along so well, and then for no apparent reason, the wheels fall off the apple cart. What to do next? So I got out the Kitchen Sink
Doileys and lace (covered with organza because I want to create layers, not appealing to me at the moment tho')
Ledger pictures and fabrics
and because I didn't have enough fabrics, I decided to make some more, with various soluble and sticky fabrics, and lots of little chopped up bits and pieces, and a bit of embellishing machine as well.
They are not all finished yet, but maybe inspiration will come ...
Here is my first completed stitched ledger page - a series of samples for shell stitching. Its a very neat way to try things out in stitch without committing to a huge piece.
Detail of the right hand page (notes on the left - above - on tracing paper will be overlayed on this page and will be able to be flipped up out of the way as necessary). Mainly French knots and couching, on fabrics, with and without organza overlay.
As I sketch and experiment for my online class with Karen Ruane we are encouraged to take photos of our work and post them on our (private) flickr group - so that Karen can comment and the other class members can see what we are up to (hence all my pictures).
Another advantage of all this photography is that I can then print the photos and work on them some more - I have made use of tracing paper extensively to experiment with design over another image. I am also using tracing paper to write my comments and thoughts on - that way I have my "wordy" record of process etc in the same place as the actual sampling work, but my messy writing isn't detracting from the pages (phew - does that make sense?).
I made a new collage background - inspired by some others members of the Alchemy class who have been working with horizontal layers. For my purposes, the horizontal effect is referencing the waves and the layers of the landscape receding into the back ground.
This one gives me the feeling of a sunny day, although I don't think I'll need the white outlining here. I like this combination.
I have laid a piece of tracing paper over the dark background, and it suggests a dark, rainy, brooding day. Quite a contrast to the sunny day. I like this one too.