Caro Higgs – Artist style #4

The second Lochan piece inspired by Seurat’s Circus, I have developed the first Lochan piece further with added stitching.

This time I machine stitched the outlines to give me a base from which to work, using the same cotton sheeting as in the previous pieces. The image is the same and I coloured the background to get rid of the stark whiteness, after setting the colour I then washed it to soften the colours which wasn’t very clever because I lost some of them.

I started hand stitching the plants in the foreground using back-stitch to get small dots of colour using cotton thread. I resisted the temptation to use variegated colours because I wanted the colours to blend as dots of paint would. Using running stitch and brown thread I then filled in the space with running stitch, as the back-stitch is raised there is a textural difference between the plants their backdrop. 

I didn’t fill it all in with stitch, I worked the hills and trees in solid cotton colours but the reflection has synthetic threads in an attempt to give it a sheen as water, I am not sure that it worked but the stitches come out much finer as they mirror the scenery in the water. I hope that by leaving some of the areas unstitched I have created a more textural piece. I have to admit that it was very time consuming but it was fun to do and I think I have achieved what I set out to do!


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  1. Hi Caro, I find your technique inspiring as it does mimic the dots of paint. i also like the fact that you have not been tempted to hand quilt the entire quilt. I wonderful interpretation. Cheers

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    I love the softness of the colours their irregularity after washing the quilt ! for me it was a great idea ! Your stitching is so regular ! it is a beautiful piece !

  3. Maryte Collard

    Caro, your work really fascinates me. How many hours did you spend stitching? You truly achieved your goal. Just bravo!

  4. Caro I am really impressed by the use of color in this work, the many stitches you invested in every detail. Excellent work.

  5. I am just in awe of this piece. Your hand stitching is wonderful and does achieve the goal you have set for yourself. I admire your patience and it has been truly worth it. Bravo.

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