Sometimes, dividing space is just too small, not practical for piecing. Using stitch to patch can greatly enhance the sense of detail when applied to the puzzle concept. I very often use traditional style pieced patchwork as a base for stitching. As a matter of fact, it is how I began my layered style. But just free form stitching on a pieced base is not what I am addressing here. Here, I am still working with the puzzle concept, that is, adhering to the basic design concept so common to simple patchwork. The geometric shapes that fit together. Based on a simple grid.
Working in stitch with a grid system give a different form to stitch here. Patchwork as embroidery can be just the addition of small stitched elements or it can become more prominent as well. I see this method as continuing with the puzzle idea. One technique being influenced by another. The crossover between traditions A way to simply achieve smaller "Puzzle Pieces. And ultimately new form.
Mock seam play
So this is just another approach to the patchwork concept using stitch. I did a bot more playing with the running stitch lines. I think it has greater possibility that I imagined. I've only used it in a very simple way in the past. If you use a single strand of thread and tinier stitch you can vary the weight of the line as well. So that might be something else to play with.
Doodling "Joodling" over a loose puzzle:
How Form evolves
Patch work has influenced a lot of my embroidered symbols. You will see evidence of that as I move into the loose patch segment of this series.