In considering the drawing to use for this sample, I was very keen to pick something which would enable me to experiment with cable stitch. I selected a 5 minute sketch of some bark. As the sketch was almost in black and white, I decided to stick to a limited colour palette which was influence by the piece of smoke grey linen I selected as a background. I wanted to capture the different tones of grey in the sketch and create a textural piece which reflected the light and would encourage a closer look.
Overall, I am very pleased with the results. I have always admired this type of work but not tried it. Initially, I was worried that my stitching wasn’t capturing the essence of the sketch, but as I worked I could see that some stitches looked static and others created some movement and managed to let the ideas evolve from the drawing. I found it useful to work from the sketch as it gave me some parameters to work within and a definite outcome to aim for. In the past I would have been happy to experiment but without a focus, may not have felt as satisfied. The following is the same sample in a slightly larger scale.