Playing with small pieces of cloth and simple stitches can be therapeutic. There are no expectations, no pattern to follow, and no purpose really – just to play with different techniques.
I did that with these two small pieces, which I call Fragments. Each piece is approximately 14cm x 20cm
Fragment 1 is two layers of cloth, both hand-dyed by me. The top is a loose-weave muslin with frayed edges and the other a soft flannel. The left side of the heart is an appliqued piece of soft checked cotton. Stitched together with simple running stitches and crosses, it’s an example of how colour and stitch don’t need to be complicated.
Fragment 2 uses the same two layers of cloth, with added strips of screen-printed chiffon. Again, I used simple stitches to sew through the layers.
I guess you could use these as samples for larger works. However, I am content to keep them to remind me how satisfying it is to make small textile pieces for no other reason than for pleasure.