My embroidery work is a merger of “random stitch” and “free motion” embroidery. Random stitch embroidery was developed by Chinese embroiderers as a divergence from the traditional methods of embroidery. Free motion embroidery is used in the garment industry for embellishing clothing. The painstaking process involves layering threads of various colors to determine value and tonal qualities. The end result is a sense of translucence in the skin tones.
An industrial sewing machine is used to layer the threads over a carefully rendered drawing. There is no computer assistance whatsoever, the sewing machine acts as a “brush” to apply the various colored threads.
To view a video of the process click here.