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.

  6. This must have been a mammoth task! The stitching is incredible and I just love the greenery in the foreground. The reflection is achieved beautifully! A wonderful piece!

  7. joanbrailsford

    I love the way that you have used different stitches and weights of thread to give the texture and depth in this piece. It certainly has worked well, and your patience really did pay off. Well done

  8. This is beautiful. I love the overall calm of the scene but I particularly like how you’ve used hand stitching in such clever ways. Patience has paid off.

  9. Your handwork is so impressive! I love your attention to detail. What fascinates me is the way you have added depth to the water fabric behind and between the cattails.

  10. studiociboulette

    Such a peaceful scene. Beautiful work and embroidery. Bravo!

  11. Wow, such patience! Beautiful hand stitching in the pointillist style, well done!

  12. I love the different stitches and how you used all kind of thread. The faded background if perfect for this piece.

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