Machined Strips 1

Machined Strip Samples

I tried to create some of these strips before doing the drawings in Chapter 4, but found that to really understand what I was trying to create and to come up with ideas for what stitch could resemble them, I needed to do the work in Chapter 4 and then came back and did these.


Strips: Fish 1 (l) and Reptile 1 (r)

Fish 1 Worksheet with Strip

Fish 1 Worksheet with Strip

Reptile 1 Worksheet with Strip

Reptile 1 Worksheet with Strip


I tried a couple different ways to create the fish stripes–free motion zigzag, zigzag, and the decorative stitch that I ended up using. I also like the free motion version. I did not like the zigzag version as it was too stiff.

Many of my designs have circles. I really like these designs, but I’m not sure how to recreate them without doing free motion or possibly a flower stitcher foot. I did try using the letter “O” and a satin stitched circle (which became an oval when I changed width and/or length), but neither were very interesting or very variable to get the variety of sizes to make the pattern interesting. Any suggestions? Is it o.k. to use free motion embroidery or the circle stitcher in this module? Or, should I avoid the patterns with the circles and save them for something else?

Trials for Fish 1

Trials for Fish 1

Trials for Reptile 1 and Circles

Trials for Reptile 1 and Circles

Trials for Pelican

Trials for Pelican

Pelican Trial

Pelican Trial Worksheet

There’s some interesting patterns appearing when I start to stylize the feathers of the pelican. In the trial above, I worked with one of those patterns trying a couple different decorative stitches. I like the way the one stitch worked and did a few rows of it, but thought I’d save doing more until I have the decorative fabric to try it on.

Some Questions and Thoughts

The fish and reptile strips were quite labor intensive, but I do really like them. One thing I thought about was programming a random sequence of changing widths and lengths rather than doing that by hand as I stitch. Would that be ok?

The long narrow strips of a single layer of fabric distorted a lot with all the stitching. The puckering in the reptile pattern could add an interesting texture. But, if I do not want this texture would a thin layer of interfacing cause too much trouble in the piecing?

Working with such narrow strips was difficult. They were hard to hold on to and the edges of the fabric would often get caught and bunch up. Would it be possible to create wider strips (four to five inches) and then cut these in two or would the stitching unravel where you cut? When the strips get pieced together, would that stitching stop any unraveling?


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