In my previous post I said that I planned some stippling on the quilt. I had a few questions about that so I decided to do a small section and write about it.
Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists.
When you think of stippling you likely think of this pattern of machine stippling.
Stippling on a quilt is any background infill stitchery that flattens the background area to emphasise the main design. The type pf quilting above could be done by hand and I have seen some beautiful examples. The stippling I am doing is the way they did it 150 years ago….lots and lots of very close stitches.
I did some of this on the Tree of life quilt.
The idea is to flatten out the area to emphasize the main design
Once I get more of this filled in you will see that it does make the main design stand out more. I did this small area today but I will finish the main design now and then come back and do the remainder of the stippling. It is not going be a fast process this 5″ area took almost an hour. You can see my needle in the picture. It is a #11 John James between, and the thread is YIL .