‘Play-doh Brains’

Yesterday I was playing around with play-doh again and thought that it reminded me of the samples from previous Mindful Stitch works and the one included in the workshop where the fabric is held in the palm and stitched into. Although with the play-doh I was able to have a different kind of relationship than with the fabrics.
The play-doh will mold to any shape, the negative space within the palm. Fabric will come to a point where it will be too dense to squeeze any harder, whereas the play-doh has no limit.
With this reminding me of the first technique I decided to stitch into the play-doh. At first I wasn’t sure if it would work, if the doh would be tough enough to keep a stitch in place, however it worked fine. There was definitely an element of care and choice as to where to stitch because only though a thinker part of the doh kept the stitch, in thinner areas the doh just ripped.


Stitching into the Play-doh






















Molding the stitched doh – hidden stitches
Afterwards I began to mold the doh again within my palm, the great thing about the doh it that you can use both hands and the shape will stay, whereas with the fabric the shape is preserved through the stitch. With this the stitch is preserved within the shape.
I was using the hand dyed floss which worked really well going through the doh. By using only a strand of the floss I was able to use a smaller needle. Although I didn’t try I think a larger needle would have broken the doh more.
All the way through I thought how long could I keep going. It was really therapeutic.  Working with different dynamics, molding could be as harsh and fast as you liked, and the stitching needed more calmness to it.  It did remind me of what I was saying about the drawing and the molding, working through different stages and combinations depending on the mood.

After a while the doh began to build up more hidden stitches and looked some what like a brain.
I think that this would be a great new technique for all ages infact. The doh like the fabric could be stored and reused throughout groups. Building up so many layers of stitch. Even something participants could take away with them.

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