Stich Explorer: Stitching with Gesso and Molding Paste

Wow. doing these two modern samples took me all weekend. They are about postcard sized, give or take half a cm. They were don using gesso, molding paste, acrylic paints, Tyvek (thin acricultural fleece) linen fabric and embroidery threads. That’s it for my grandiose sampler plans, I know I won’t get it done.

Even these two would need a lot more intense handstitching to turn them into something more than courious samples. But it was fun and I learned a lot. For now, I’m calling them done and this month’s challenge fullfilled. Kudos go to Lynda Monk, the techniques came from her book.




5 responses to “Stich Explorer: Stitching with Gesso and Molding Paste

  • cat

    Oh I really love the texture on these! What a great combination -like a stitching collage. I really like the design of the pink sample.


  • Hugo

    It’s interesting to see Tyvek described as “thin agricultural fleece”. Tyvek was originally developed by DuPont (the company that also makes Kevlar), as an attempt at a replacement for paper. It’s a bit of a solution in search of a problem, though.

    When it’s made into solid sheets (like paper), it can be printed on, but it’s almost impossible to tear — it simply stretches for a bit, then stops. It’s used in the chemical industry for labels on drums, which (by law) must still be readable after 7 years at the bottom of the ocean. The only other place I’ve seen it used commercially is on car covers, although the Guardian newspaper did once print a supplement using it, to show it could be done.


  • tenar72

    Hi Hugo,

    I’m missing you, although it probalbly doesn’ look like I am ;-)). Actually, tyvec or closely related products are quite widespread. It is used whereever you need a durable but soft (and cheap) material. Acricultural fleeces, throwaway protection suits and masks, nappy liners and many other things are all incarnations of tyvec. Especially the acricultural fleece is very popular with both hobby and commercial gardeners. And the tyvec paper you mention is mainly marketed to crafters and artists today. I like to stick with the acricultral fleece because it is dirt cheap and I buy it in quantities for gardening use anyway.

    Cat and Conni, Thank you! good to read you again.


  • paddysdaughter

    Hello – just found your blog when looking for sampler examples on Google. Interesting stitching and surfaces, and will explore further – I have that book too and want to try some of her techniques when I have a bit of time. Currently doing a certificate course with our local Embroiderer’s Guild which is taking up an enormous amount of time, so can appreciate your comment about those examples taking all weekend! I’m not doing TAST, but did TIF last year, and loved the challenge to come up with something each month. One never stops learning new things do you? Sue


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