Be Curious - Stitch Memory Journal

Example of a Stitch Memory that records shapes with patterns and texture:

I want to use running stitch in rippling lines:

  • So, today I’ll look for shapes with rippley patterns in them
  • I notice ripples in the stream, when out for a walk in the countryside (Image 1)
  • I notice the shape of the water from my point of view – a long wavy strip
  • I choose green and blue fabrics and threads in three colours
  • I pin the appliqué fabric to the background fabric and stitch my running stitches through both layers in a rippley pattern
  • I use different lengths of running stitch and different weights of thread to give variety
  • Done! This is my ‘memory’ of what I noticed today (Image 2)




  • Traditionally, stitch for appliqué goes around the edge of the shape, sealing raw edges in, so that they don’t fray. But for our samples, which are not going to be subject to wear and tear, you can do as you like: stitch up the centre, speckle stitches across the appliqué shape, even just use one stitch!
  • Deliberately fraying the edge of your fabric sample can look effective. If your fabric is loosely woven this is easy to do – just pull a few threads out along each edge to give a decorative finish

Automatic forgiveness:

As with all our ‘A bit a day’ exercises, if you miss a day, don’t worry. Just carry on the following day, or as soon as you can.



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