Last week I got asked "what is microstippling". Well this:
Stippling is a meandering design that travels across the quilt in random curving motions. Micro stippling is doing it very very small. I had Kevin use his macro tube to take a close up. Without the dime, I think it would look like regular stippling, but this is very small. Actually- I don't think it is even nearly as small as Leah (the quilt along host) does it, but I'm pretty impressed. I'm also really impressed with the stitch quality- the Isacord is fantastic. All the pictures are of the backside.
So why microstippling? Well, first, because there are some really tiny areas to fill. At my regular scale maybe only one or two curves would even fit into this heart. That doesn't highlight the design at all. The stippling serves two purposes- one it flattens the non-highlighted fabric, so the design puffs out and two- it forms and almost solid backdrop.
You may not ice that the hearts have lines running from the outline to the inline. I actually didn't do this when I traced the design- I prefered the clean look of no line. But there were a lot of ends to tuck into the quilt- two per heart. Then, I realized if I didn't do them each stippling would have to do that too. And all the little areas between the celtic knot triangles, and the area where the feathers switch directions. I decide to go ahead and draw the lines, and just travel stitch over them. The stippling was done with a continuous thread (woo!). I think I changed the bobbin twice- the thread is thin so a lot fits. My travel stitching is also getting a lot better.
The only problem is the areas I did travel stitch while outlining are pretty thick. I think you can't tell when you aren't up close to the quilt though. But now they have 4 layers of thread. (The one on the right. The one on the left is only from the outlining- and I missed a bit on the traveling...)