Having been feeling under the weather for several weeks following my migraine, I think, I am final back. Whilst I have been off line I have completed another City &Guilds assessment piece(pictures to follow), helped out at the Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild week in a shop(!), visited both Nottingham and Cambridge, missed the Embroiderers’ Guild sale, an EG meeting and started knitting again. Sadly I have also been thinking about Christmas presents, I think this year they will have to be home/hand made which won’t go down too well with my sister or mother but hey-ho that’s their problem not mine, they can always give the gift to the charity shop or pass it off as their own work and give it to someone else. But what to make? what do people want? My nephew is off around the world of a year starting in January, will he need a scarf or swimming trunks (ahh, the sag of those knitted garments!). My niece is studying forensic science so gloves again or a face mask? My eldest son requires some new slippers, a sat nav, a new cricket bat( I wonder, would he go with one made from fabric?) My daughter is easy she already has a scarf and mittens that I have knitted, she now needs the hat and leg warmers. My little son, hmmm, he wants a mobile ‘phone, ahh I know a ‘phone cover. My husband, would a knitted tie be okay? My sister, mother, mother-in-law and friends had placemats for their presents last year, so what to do this year? I could make my sister, mum and in law little trinket boxes; as for our friends they have asked for some mats to fit inside some trays they have, along with a cake and pudding. I might perhaps make the neighbours small tray type boxes filled with sweets or mince pies. Have I forgotten anyone?
I was asked to recycle a piece of textile during this course. My son had out grown the trousers – Ideal opportunity. I cut the legs from the trousers, unstitched the crutch seam so everything laid flat, but still the same boring boy colour, time for dyeing. I didn’t dye the cut off legs just the body of the ‘skirt’, once this was done I set about finishing the bottom off with a close satin stitch. Then added painted, stitched flowers, these where made from the left over legs. Another use for a pair of tatty boys jeans.
To assist with ability to design in the round, this module asked that a box be deconstructed. From this deconstructed box a template was made which was then used to design another box with the same proportions as the original but with a design that continued around the all edges. Although this appears to have nothing to do with patchwork and quilting it is invaluable should you want to make a container in any medium.
Within one of the modules of the City & Guilds 7922 Patchwork and Quilting qualification I was asked to create a block using the cathedral windows technique. I have used this block a lot in the past before starting this qualification, I find it an interesting block more so when the reverse is also ‘designed’ creating a reversible textile piece.
I was asked to create a pattern using stencilling as the main focus. The stencil itself was made from freezer paper, the stencil medium was oil pastel on to hand dyed fabric. This is a very effective way of adding colour and pattern to fabric without having to do any additional stitching if it is not required. It could be used as a basis for faux appliqué and/ or shadow appliqué to name just two ideas. The oil pastel becomes permanent and will stand gently washing after a period of curing and heat fixing (always follow the manufacturer’s instructions)
In this activity I was asked to take a photo of my choice and to then break it down into areas of colour and to interpret this in fabric using a grid of triangles. The whole piece is just under 5” in size. This made me look hard to judge the proportions of colour. This activity also satisfied my need to move things on from reality to the abstract. Although the base grid was triangles this can be moved onto other shapes as seen in the piece, including hexagons, diamonds and any variation on a triangle.
Below is an album containing the work I have completed for an activity toward the City & Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. This technique is very easy and satisfying to do and very effective. Remember making snowflakes from a square of paper when you where a child, well this technique takes it that one step further.
As usual you will find all the digital for this week in an album which can be found lower down on the left hand side of the blog.