Everyone got their sleeves rolled up and when printing crazy in this session. Playing with different types of silk screen printing and over printing on to existing patterned cloth. It gave some stunning results which were embellished with and stitch and turned into beautiful make-up bags in the following weeks.
Stitched Together members relished the challenge of designing their own quilting patterns for an array of projects – it a great activity to fill those long wintery evenings and cheer them up with some jolly fabrics.
Once you’ve mastered making ‘half square triangles’ you can form these little chaps into all sorts of combinations by tessellating the squares…there are endless permutations, but once the decision is made all the squares are sewn together. They can then be quilted and made into a cushion cover, small bed thrown, pram quilt…what ever the heart desired: keeping loved once warm and cosy.
Yet more fabulous skills were learnt in creating these fantastic lampshades. Further extending knowledge of appliqué and free machine embroidery, Stitched Together group members added their fabric designs to lampshades which they hand rolled and constructed…its a tricky operation which needs several pairs of hands so co-operation was the core of this session.
Everyone involved in the project this term learnt to quilt and made a 30 x 30cm square quilted block to contribute to a larger quilt that was sewn together by Dionne Swift and exhibited at Rural Arts.
Each element was designed my the group members: some considered their family tree and their home, some were inspired by Military stripes and colours, poppies and remembrance directed others…each quilt block reflects the importance and impact the Military has on their lives.
Amazing appliquéd fabrics that have been made in to useful tote bags: perfect to carry sewing gear to and fro!!
Bondaweb has been heat fixed on to the chosen fabric and then cut into a super shape – its easy to find stencils and ideas online. The fabric shape is then ironed into place and the fabric can be sewn into a bag 🙂
Bondaweb is a heat sensitive glue that helps hold down shaped pieces of fabric hence avoiding the need for fiddly pins and helps to prevent the fabrics fraying – making it easier to create beautiful compositions and pictures….here’s how to use it.
- Cut a piece of bondaweb fractionally bigger than you need.
- If you have a specific design you could trace it onto the the smooth side of the bondaweb – remember if its lettering or directionally important then reverse the image first!
- With baking paper on an ironing board, lay the bondaweb, rough side down onto the back of the fabric. It helps if the piece of fabric is a little larger than the bondaweb then the glue doesn’t make everything sticky when you use the iron. Put another piece of baking parchment over the top of the bondaweb and iron well to fix the bondaweb to the cloth.
- Cut out your design – either follow the lines you have already drawn or ‘go free – style’!!
- Remove the white backing paper from the bondaweb and position your cut out fabric piece ‘glue’ side down [the glued side will feel smooth or waxy] onto your chosen base fabric.
- Place baking paper over the design and iron to fix the cut out design into place.
If you intend to wash the piece or think it will have some wear and tear, its a good idea to use free machine stitching to permanently secure the appliqué design in place 🙂