Friday, 16 November 2007

Module 1 finished

Hurray I've finished Module 1 and put it in the post. Sian suggested I add more embroidery to my resolved sample so I added some hand embroidery to the small yellow squares and machine embroidery to the yellow stars. I think that has balanced it.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Chapter 11 Resolved Sample

I've finished Chapter 11 which is a Resolved Sample based on 'Growth and Disintegration'.

First I had to do samples with paper to show 'disintegration'


Paper Samples


Paper Shapes

Next using calico or similar fabric different ways of disintegrating a square of fabric.



Then I had to do some samples using stitching to show a shape growing or disintegrating.



This is the design in coloured paper I used as the basis for my 'Resolved Sample.


I used 4 layers of fabric on a base of calico - 2 of cotton in purple and yellow and 2 of organza on purple and yellow -I also stamped a pattern on the organza in the opposite colour so purple on yellow and yellow on purple.


I firstly machine stitched the design on to the 5 layers.


Then cut back the first layer of organza in the large stars.


close up of stitching

another layer of machine stitching and cut back to represent 'disintegration',


To finish I added hand stitching in the large squares and the centre star to represent 'growth'.



close up of hand stitching

The finished sample is 10" square. The colours are a bit different in each photo unfortunately but the colours in life are nearer to those in photo 4 of the finished sample.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

I was going to post the photos of Chapter 11 work but I've just downloaded them and they are awful. I usually take photos during daylight but I took these last night and I can't even make them look good in Photoshop so I will re-take them in daylight tomorrow and post later in the day.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Chapter 10 revisited

I thought perhaps Sample 3 - Counterchange was a bit boring so Sian suggested I add some more of the same machine stitch pattern I'd already used but only in one of the coloured areas so it would emphasise the counterchange pattern. So I stitched in the purple areas and it does help a lot.

Chapter 9 revisited

I made a mistake on CONTEMPORARY METHODS - using machine stitching sample 1. I misread what I was supposed to do, I should have done 2 samples of it. I had to re do the first sample as well because I didn't have enough fabric. I was supposed to use exactly the same layers of fabric but in one sample cut towards the centre and the other one cut towards the outside.

Isn't it amazing how differently these 2 samples look even though I have used the same fabrics in both.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Chapter 10 Inlay Applique

Here are my samples for Chapter 10 Inlay Appliqué.

To start this Chapter I bonded pieces of fabric on to felt then hand stitched and machine stitched the pieces together. They measure 4" by 8".

From left to right - knotted insertion - cretan - cretan single spaced and grouped together - plaited insertion - and the last row from top to bottom - Tailors buttonhole - buttonhole half-bar - Italian buttonhole.

The machine stitching above is various stitches on my machine. It doesn't have a lot of choice so had to do the best I could with what was available.

Next I used a cross shape to do a Simple Counterchange sample. I bonded small pieces of cotton fabric between a piece of felt and a piece of organza, cut the shape out and swapped them over before stitching them together.


Sample 1 - Simple Counterchange
each piece is 5" square

This sample is an Interchange sample. I bonded 2 different shapes on to 2 colours of felt then cut out the same basic cross shape and swapped them over. They looked a bit plain when I'd stitched them together so I added some embroidery around the squares and a cross shape in the middle of each piece.

Sample 2 - Interchange
each piece is 5" square

Next I had to do a more complicated Counterchange sample. I bonded cotton fabric on to felt before cutting out the shape from earlier work and swapping each part until I got this design. I decided to machine stitch this piece together. I'm not sure whether to leave it like this or to add some embroidery to it??


Sample 3 - Counterchange
each quarter is 4" square making an 8" square

Lastly a fun method of inlay using Mock Insertion. I again bonded snippets of cotton fabric on to some scrim this time and bonded organza on top before bonding it to felt. I cut the shape out then bonded them to a piece of muslin with gaps in between. I used cross stitch to suggest that the shapes are held together by stitching and not by the bonding.


Sample 4 - Mock Insertion
4" square


Saturday, 8 September 2007

Chapter 9 Reverse Appliqué

Just finished my last samples for Chapter9 Reverse Appliqué - Traditional and Contemporary Methods.

TRADITIONAL METHOD - using hand stitching

This first sample is similar to the technique used by the native people of the Sans Blas Islands off Panama called MOLAS.

First I made a paper design then translated it in to fabric. You'll notice the fabric design is different to the paper one I felt it worked better rotated.


Paper design


Fabric sample - hand stitching

CONTEMPORARY METHODS - using machine stitching


Sample 1
4 layers of fabric stitched from back and each layer cut back

Sample 2
5 layers of fabric with 2 rows of close stitching
- slashed in between and edges frayed to distress them

Sample 3
a more complex design to give a ripple effect
- some layers of fabric didn't extend over the whole design
so there are different colours in different parts.

Sample 4
the last sample was a bit on the small side so I made this sample larger
- it's the same design and technique but in different colours.

All samples are 5 inch square except Sample 4 which is 6 inch square.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Chapter 8

I've spent the weekend finishing Chapter 8. I had to do about 6 samples of more complex designs but I got a bit carried away and I've done 8.

These first three are taken from the Cut and fold designs in coloured paper in Chapter 4.

Sample 1
Yellow shape machine stitched to stamped background fabric,
blue shape hand stitched in buttonhole stitch

Sample 2
Yellow shape hand stitched in buttonhole stitch,
blue shape hand stitched in slip stitch,
the star shape in the middle is stuffed from the back.

Sample 3
Purple shape machine stitched to background,
2nd shape is scrim bonded on to 1st shape then hand stitched.

The next ones are based on some of the black and white shapes from the same chapter.


Sample 4
Yellow shape bonded on to stamped background fabric and hand stitched,
second shape was hand stitched in straight stitch.


Sample 5
Yellow star was machine stitched to stamped background fabric,
2nd star shape was hand stitched in running stitch
with a 3rd star shape at centre in paler shade of purple.

Sample 6
Purple shape hand stitched to background,
a 2nd star shape was hand stitched on top,
3rd star shape hand stitched at centre then stuffed from behind.

Sample 7
Yellow shape was machine stitched to stamped background and
the middle star is stuffed from behind. I added a layer of organza over the whole piece
and machine stitched round then cut the middle away to expose the yellow star.

Sample 8
This sample has 2 layers of fabric yellow and purple with a combination of
hand and machine stitching. I cut back to reveal the yellow
and also stuffed from the back.

All the samples are 4" square.

Monday, 6 August 2007

Chapter 7 revisited

I've done a couple more samples for Chapter 7 and taken Sian's advice and added some more stitching to a few of the previous samples that where a bit plain.

This is sample 6 from the previous post - I added some further running stitch around the yellow bonded shape and around the shapes the bonded fabric and crystal organza made.


and this is sample 7 that I wasn't too keen on. I added a layer of crystal organza and stitch further shapes before cutting it back to reveal the original scrim but left it in the middle of the sample. It's a lot more effective now.


These 2 samples are extra pieces I stitched over the weekend.

Sample 8


Sample 9

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Chapter 7

Finally finished some Simple Fabric Samples using more than one layer. Some are better than others I don't think the last one worked too well but I've got time to try more if I want.

The 1st 2 samples are very simple, just one row of running stitch and the same design in 2 colour ways.

Sample 1

Sample 2

This one is done on the sewing machine.

Sample 3

This one has running stitch in the yellow and blue of the fabrics.

Sample 4

The top layer of this sample was printed with a stamp I made of one of the shapes from earlier in the module.

Sample 5

I bonded a shape on to a piece of stamped fabric with a shape in crystal organza stitched on top for this sample.

Sample 6

and finally this is the one I'm not too keen on, I don't think the shapes show up as well as on some of the other samples.


Sample 7

All these samples are 4" square.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Chapter 6

This chapter involved turning some of the 'cut and fold' designs in paper in to bonded fabric appliqué using Bondaweb. I used some crystal organza for these but I may have a go with some other fabrics.


Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3


Sample 4

Sample 5

This next lot are done with coloured tissue paper and I think I prefer these.


Sample 6


Sample 7


Sample 8


Sample 9

Sample 10

BTW these samples are all about 4" square.

One of the suggested methods was to bond snippets of fabric under a layer of net.


Sample 11

and then cut a shape from it to bond to the background fabric. This sample also has a shape cut from painted bondaweb on the top of it.


Sample 12

I used some of the fabric I dyed last week for this sample with a some more painted bondaweb on the top purple shape.

Sample 13

These last 2 samples are some bits I had left over so rather than waste them I bonded them to some left over of fabric.

Sample 14


Sample 15