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'Flower Stitch' Design

“There is a renewed interest in material processes and an urgency to understand what products are made of” Lidewij Edelkoort explains while discussing the ‘Talking Textiles’ publication…

In the exhibition ‘Talking Textiles’ Edelkoort explains “that after a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives a craving for tactility and dimension has led several designers to reconsider textile”.  Motivated by a stitch course I took; I've begun to incorporate some hand stitching into my textiles. I wanted to add the ‘material process’ into my work which gives my digital designs an extra dimension and the raised quality of the hand stitching in the ‘Flower Stitch’ range adds a 3D quality to the pattern design.

Exploring stitch and its history, the sewing needle is said to have been invented sometime during the Upper Palaeolithic period, which began around 40,000 years ago.  Early needles found in Western Europe and Central Asia had a split head that gripped the thread, unlike today where you feed the thread through the eye of the needle.  During the Palaeolithic era sewing was used to stitch together animal hides for clothing and for shelter.  During the Middle Ages, Europeans who could afford it employed seamstresses and tailors. Clothing was an expensive investment for most people, and the longevity of clothes was extended by mending with sewing.

Contemporary use of stitch can be seen as in the Cross-Stitch Street Art by Raquel Rodrigo from Spain. Edelkoort states” we are currently experiencing a return to textiles and their cultural expressions”….