A snippet is a small piece of something. You've probably heard of a snippet of music or video. If you Google "snippet roll" you will find that they are generally narrow lengths of embellished fabric that are often rolled around a piece of wood, such as a dowel or tube.
Dorothy's background was made of purple fabric that she had hand-dyed, as well as a square of dyed cheesecloth. She has a lovely gradient of purples there. My background consisted of two strips of rather wild coloured fabrics that ranged from light blue to deep purple and fuchsia. I bought this fabric years ago when Ricky Tims came to Ottawa for a presentation.
Embellishing a snippet
The first piece of fabric that I stitched on was the long pinkish sliver on the left. I used Kimono silk thread to attach and sew when I didn't want the stitching to stand out. Otherwise I used my hand-dyed perle cotton as well as other embroidery thread.
|First pieces of fabric
|Adding various elements
|Top of the snippet
Here are the details of the completed snippet in three images.
You can see that I added a lot of different fabrics. The colours that matched the background were easy to find while the contrasting pieces were more difficult. That's why I added that first pinkish piece - to remind myself to use contrast.
While colour is important, I also wanted to use contrasting textures in the fabric scraps. Here is a piece of voile from an old skirt that is attached to the first pink fabric and the printed swirl.
Layering fabrics is a great way to add contrast and interest. At the bottom of this image is a layer of silk organza, a scrap of a dyed t-shirt and finally some dyed cotton velour.
|Middle of the snippet
|Bottom of the snippet
|My snippet made
I attached the snippet to those ice cream sticks that I roll up my hand-dyed thread on. It now hangs in my studio.
|My new snippet roll.
- The blank background was very intimidating but when I started to gather possible materials, it became less daunting.
- I found it difficult at first to work on such a narrow background.
- When I found my groove, it was a real delight of slow stitching to put this together.
- I found it hard to part with the piece but I got such a vibrant, joyful piece back.
- Our snippets are so different. I can really see the influence of the workshops that I've taken from TextileArtist.org Stitch Club.