The tool dictates letter forms and so if you want to sew letters on a sewing machine you have to design a lettering style that works without lifting the needle…
I liked the funkiness of these capital letters and will be experimenting with a panel of lettering. Sewing machine lettering is a stop, start, twist and turn the fabric business – in this case turn the paper while sewing. So ordinary cursive loses its fluidity which can be great, and often the smooth curves get bumpy, which adds a naivete. But I wanted to play around with caps.
I stitched it with a variegated machine Spanish 100% cotton thread – on the spool it says Amann Group Metler Silk Finish. This was stitched on Chinese Rice paper which I think was about 60gms. I don’t know where you can get it as my brother brought me a roll form China.
One of my ongoing interests is the textural pattern of a fully block of text, whether it is Gothic, pictograms or cursive. Below are two of my cards which explore this notion.