Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Boro Vest - Part 3 - Stitching
The stitching is moving along quite well. I started with a Valdani Pearl 12 variegated blue thread and long rows of stitching, from neck line to the bottom edge, about 1/4 of an inch apart.....
After a while I found this a bit boring and started to stitch around the shapes .... squares and triangles ... for a bit of variety .....
It's a bit hard to keep the stitching even and straight ... which is OK. But to create some varied texture I added an extra row of stitching between every 4th row, using the heavier weight plain blue Pearl 8 thread. This will help the two balls of variegated thread go a bit further!!!
Here is what the reverse side of the vest looks like. You can see the various shapes as well as the parallel lines of the stitching ..... I'm not sure I will wear it with this side out ... but that's the theory!
As the fabric pieces are all raw edge ... it will be interesting to see how the boro style fabric I have created stands up to wear.
I found a very interesting blog post by Helen Terry which reports on a visit she made to a Boro exhibition in Cologne. She describes the various forms of stitching used in the traditional Boro pieces. Many examples use stitch around the edges of the fabric shape and into the centre in a spiral form.
Here is the link to her post http://www.helenterryart.co.uk/blog/2015/8/2/boro-the-fabric-of-life
Well worth reading if you want to know a bit more about Boro!
I'm making good progress with the stitching ... about half way there!!