Are you deciding which technique to use for our Old Stitches New Tricks Competition? Here is a look at how some stitchers have taken the traditional technique of whitework and given it a modern twist. Whitework (as the name suggests) uses stitches worked in white thread on white fabric. The design is created by the use of cutwork and different stitches. Satin stitch often features prominently in the designs.
Let me tempt you to try some "new tricks' with whitework!
By far the most exciting use of whitework i could find is this jellyfish.The detail on this piece by Lucy Reed (RSN) is just incredible. The texture created in the negative spaces is so subtle and so beautiful. It is full of different dimensional stitches which might look too fussy in a coloured piece but looks calm and pared down here.
How about this modern whitework design by Trish Burr? The graphic style here is really striking and unlike any other whitework desgins I have seen. Trish has used whitework techniques with a limited colour palette. It proves that you can bend the rules to great effect- this grayscale whitework looks fantastic.
Finally Sister Twisty's sloth is a fun take on this technique. The all white palette means the sloth hides in what at first glance looks like a quite traditional whitework design- Peekaboo!
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!