‘Mountain Range’ is so named because the two ‘peaks’ at either side of the block reminds me of a mountain range – OK, a small ‘mountain range’ :), but you get the idea.
To further emphasize this, I would recommend working the filler patterns in these areas in two threads so that they stand out more. You could also work these areas in darker colours. Work the remaining filler patterns in just one strand of thread.
Last post, I mentioned that I would run over some ideas about how you can vary a ‘blackwork filler pattern’.
If you take any filler pattern, from simple to complex, it can be varied in multiple ways. The following are a few ideas to get you started thinking in this direction:)
- All the pattern can be stitched in a single thread
- All the pattern can be stitched in two threads
- Stitch part of the pattern in a single thread and part of the pattern in two threads
- Change the colour of part of the pattern
- Change the type of threads used in part of the pattern
- Add beads to the pattern
- Fade the pattern out
Initially, I was going to add more details within the post, however, I thought it would be better if you could download a document for reference. Please feel free to download the Blackwork Filler Pattern Variations document for more details and reference. This document illustrates some of the ways a basic filler pattern can be varied.
Considerations of Variations
When varying a filler pattern, keep the simplicity/complexity of the pattern in mind. You should also consider the number of variation/s to that pattern. As an example, if you have a simple pattern worked in a single thread and want to work that pattern in a double thread – no problem. With a more complex pattern, if you want to work part of it in one colour in a single thread and another part in a different colour with two threads, it then becomes more complex to work. If you then decide that you want to add some beads for some sparkle, that adds another layer and more complexity to the pattern as well.
Off course, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done – it can:) Just something to be aware of…
This is a sample of one of the variations mentioned in the Blackwork Filler Pattern Variations document. It shows how a few simple changes can vary a simple filler pattern.