Spent the day going back to basics with machine embroidery. In fact the samples I did to-day are not even free motion embroidery, but are done using the regular straight and zig-zag stitches on the machine.
Sample 1 is done on a patterned cotton background – overlaid with scraps of thin and thick fibers, with sheer chiffon on top.
The grid is then machined using regular straight stitch.
I then machined on top using the built in patterns on the machine, changing the thread frequently.
It is useful to revisit basic techniques from time to time – as I see them in a different light and can see applications for them now – that I might not have recognized 30 odd years ago. I have always disliked using the built in patterns on my sewing machine – but sample 2 has some nice bits of texture in it – and could be useful cut up and re pieced into a larger art work.