Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Chapter 11 Further design ideas

I started by using paper samples to practice  more design ideas by arranging, cutting up and rearranging various tonal patterns before going onto fabric samples in the second half of the chapter.

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Fabric Samples

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This is the beginning of a fabric sample using the stack and whack method starting with 4 layers of patterned fabrics


Patterned pieces arranged to develop a counter change


Stitched using  some forward facing seams


I used a paper pattern to play with cutting and re-arranging the pattern

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Sample stitched…….


The finished sample, cut and re-arranged with lace / triangular snippets inserted into two parallel seams;  really pleased with this.

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This is based on paper sample 20

!st stage


Sample cut and re-arranged


Sample stitched

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Finished sample. I wanted to see what would happen if I inserted strips of net into the seams and then cut, rearranged and stitched again to see the effects.

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Stage 2

This is based on the mosaic pattern we made in chapter 10 but this time using patterned fabrics.

!st stages produced using the Fibonacci Sequence described in Chapter 10 to produce top, middle and lower pieces with increasing piecing and blending of tonal qualities


Lower section


I wanted to see what would happen if I cut the lower piece

Cuts made………


Finished sample - 3 sections stitched together [needed a big machine needle [110] to manage the bulk!


Reverse side….


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I was in Glasgow recently and was struck by  the patterning in this view of the Grand Central Station….


A colourful interlude!

We had a street party in Sept. around the theme ‘Indian Summer’. I ran the cake stall with a friend and decided to make some Bollywood bunting . Anyone for cake? The weather was beautiful, we had a great day and our cake stall raised nearly £300 for a local special needs school.