I first encountered sketch machine embroidery in some of my Japanese quilting magazines. I love the fuzzy, free form, out of the lines, skewed stitching. It adds interest and character. So I incorporated that style into outlining my birds from my In The Leafy Treetops quilt pattern. For my sketch stitching I make the stitch a little wobbly by just barely by setting my machine stitches wider and lengthened.
Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio has her own style with some excellent examples on her blog. Janet Clare is a master at this sketch machine embroidery, again with her own style. I am sure she has a better name for it but you can look at some of her work here. Her blog header is more a random sketch work than some of her others - and her work is so artistic that it is on whole different level. I know lots of you do outline stitching. So this really isn't much different than that.
Because I've received some questions about this form of outline stitching I thought I would just show a few steps I follow. I learned from Bonnie Miles (many of you know Bonnie) that a used dryer sheet works great for machine embroidery and other types of stitching. When I made my birds above, I didn't need a backing material because they were already pieced and the seam allowances keep stitches from pulling. A used dryer sheet works great for a one layer fabric project. It is thin and can be easy removed after you are finished.
I fold my fabric to find the center and then use a ruler and pencil to draw my lines for the house. You can also trace flowers, birds, or any object onto the fabric to sketch stitch and use a darning foot with feed dogs down.
I like the double stitch for my sketch outlining. So I stitch around the outline twice, intentionally creating my 2nd stitch outside and on top of the first stitching line.
I didn't even pencil in the door or the window. I just free form stitched where I thought they would lie. And again, I stitched 2 outline stitches.
Here is the back after I've clipped my threads.
Then you can tear or cut away the excess dryer sheet.
And here they are. All are slightly different from each other but similar. It is fun to go outside the lines. You might call them the "w" word but I prefer to call them machine sketched.
Am I the only crazy person or do other people find some words painful to hear?