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Then I sandwiched the piece and fused the tree trunks, tot-stitching them down with a straight stitch, feed dogs down now, leaving a rough edge. I stitched the first two with "Soft Blacks" but didn't like the harshness of it against the fabric. Looking again in my stash I found a hand-dyed cotton thread that I bought several years ago from -- I think -- Stef Francis. It bears no label, and I couldn't find it on her website, so I'm not sure she even makes it now (if she ever did). Sigh...
The good news is that I've hardly made a dent in the spool, so I'll have enough of it for the larger assessment piece if all I use it for is stitching down the tree trunks. :-)
Wanting to add some texture to the grasses (the brown section is grass that has died down), I debated: machine or hand or combination?
Above you see a section of the grasses free-motioned with a jerky stitch that I thought would give an interesting texture. It was tiring to do on this small piece, so I can't imaging doing it on a larger one (I'm working on a domestic machine). I kept reminding myself, "it's just a sample" and went on to play with hand-stitching.
First I tried adding some seed stitch to the already-quilted green area. The dense machine quilting had made the piece relatively inflexible, so it was a bit tough to get the sharp needle to go through it. I was using wonderful over-dyed cotton embroidery floss -- 2 strands -- "Celadon" from Weeks Dye Works -- a gift from my friend Jeannette Douglas when I went on a stitching cruise with her in 2009.
I like the way this makes the green grassy area look less stiff; somehow the hand stitching gives it life. However, I liked this bit even better -- the hand stitching alone.
Here's an example of both, side by side. I'm liking the hand-stitching alone more and more. (The brown is stitched in Gentle Art Thread's "Wood Rose", another gift from Jeannette.)
I thought about adding bits of painted fusible web to the trees for bark texture, but have yet to try it. arlee's wonderful hand-dyed fabric is so effective that I'm not sure it needs anything else. However, to be on the 'safe' side, I might just do it...just to see; just to answer the "what if?" :-)