Texture is my sewing project word of 2023. I want to use texture in as many projects as I can. Textural elements add interest like light and shade does to an image. Not being a fan of loud colours or prints this is the perfect way to add detail in a minimal style. The textures won’t show from a distance but, close up will reveal surprising patterns and highlights.
How to Create Texture with a Sewing Machine
Simple textures can be formed from lines of the same stitch either equi-distant or randomly placed. The key is repetition and it will take patience. I used a wave stitch, but even a simple running stitch can be used to superb effect depending on placement. The biggest decision you will have to make is to what colour thread to use. Contrasting colour will draw more attention to the area, whilst thread of the same colour as the fabric will keep everything subtle and more textural. I suggest setting the thread length a little longer than usual for more interest. I constructed the pattern piece before adding the textural sewing lines for a more sculptural style.
Other textural Stitch Ideas For you to Try:
Keeping everything simple is the best way to achieve textural patterns on fabric. Hand sewing is beautiful aka ‘Sashiko’ style, but using the machine is far quicker to cover larger areas.
This second version was in 100% linen, but I had to join the pocket pieces from scraps as I only had 2 meters.ldj
Styling This Summer dress for wearing in winter!
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Ellis Dress Version One.
This is my second version of the Ellis Dress by Merchant and Mills. A pattern that is simple to construct, easy to wear and can be adapted (or hacked to use the correct sewing term) for many variations. My first version was made using cheap but cosy sale fabric. This second version was in 100% linen, but I had to join the pocket pieces from scraps as I only had 2 meters. I wasn’t sure about the patch pockets but I have come to love them. The first version seen below has inseam pockets.
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