Having spent very regular time in my field throughout the last year I've had ample time to look at branches, stems and stalks: the straight and stiff their surfaces reeded, like docks.
Other growth may be curved or arcing studded with thorns or a covering of hairiness. Then there are branches: thick, branching with the roughness of many year's pruning.
Softer is the long sinuous growth that wraps round everything it meets. And later in the spring there are dandelion stems, soft tubular affairs.
I'm drawing these things to mind because any cords I use in the future may well need to have this range . . . Firstly, a sort through my Module 3 cords to see what might work..
I'd say I've really just played with the idea in this final section. Sample 5:21 shows curved quite substantial cords stitched into cotton organdie using zigzag stitch. Though I played with the stitch tension the results hardly show the cord, which is what I'd hoped to achieve, though it's interesting to see the tucks and slight pleats created by the curved cord.
In Sample 5:22 silk net is wrapped around a cord, herringbone stitch is used to secure it. The stitch has become looped and the thread is rather too thick for my liking. It looks heavy handed.
For Sample 5:24 I'm back on the sewing machine trying out a twin needle and playing with stitch length and tension. The results are random and beautifully unexpected. These are yet more old stock cords on smooth cotton organdie.