Curve-stitch Designs

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Some Circular Designs (Page 8)

The earliest curve-stitch designs were made with cardstock and thread. Such a medium always struck me as tedious, imprecise, and unforgiving. My early designs were done on drafting paper in India ink. This, too, is an unforgiving medium, but not totally so. In any case, I was delighted to find I could produce designs by computer, and I never again considered an arts-and-crafts approach.

Not everyone is afraid of getting his or her hands dirty, however. The designs in Millingtonís book, for instance, are mostly of the thread and cardstock variety. (See ďCurve-stitch Isometric Cube.Ē)

Recently, I received an e-mail message from Artur Błaszczyk, who lives in Poland. He sent me a link to his Instagram page and asked permission to produce a constructed version of one of my designs. I told him to give it a try, but I was pretty skeptical about anyoneís ability to translate what was an intricate design into a construction using real thread. I should not have been so dubious.

The design Artur wanted to copy is one from the previous page, which, for convenience, I reproduce here:

My original design

Arturís version of the design, which he embellished somewhat is here:

Arturís construction

Of course, you cannot appreciate this construction from such a small image, so be sure to click on the photo above for a larger view. The photo perhaps does not do Arturís work justice, as the lighting for it was not perfect, but you cannot but be impressed.

I asked Artur for a description of how he made this piece. His reply, slightly edited, is the following:

The substrate is a chipwood board, the posts are 20 mm nails, and the lines are just ordinary neon-colored polyester sewing thread. The board is 45 x 45 cm. The overall cost of this piece (not counting the labor and the board, which was recycled from an old shelf) was approximately $5, but the amount of fun and final effect is priceless for me. I painted the substrate with matt-finish spray paint. As for the technique, it is explained in this YouTube tutorial. As for the nails, I used a compass, a protractor, and a ruler to measure out the angles and spacing (5 mm increments), Then I took pliers and a hammer to drive the nails in one by one (540 in all). Then I straightened the nails to align them as much as possible. They are not perfectly aligned, but that adds to the uniqueness of the piece and shows that it is hand made.
 Here is a version of my original design, but with a black background:

My design with black background

Click on the image for a larger view.

Finally, to see Arturís construction and my design with a black background side by side, click here.

ó LED, 3/29/2017

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