Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fine line piecing from Japan

I am so pleased that you're tackling this technique and having good results!

I thought you might like to see some of the little compositions made with fine lines when I taught this technique in Japan two years ago.  Some of the students had brought hand-dyed fabric with prominent patterns, but not as assertive as the surface designs you folks are using.







9 comments:

  1. oh! I really like the one with the stripes!
    Sandy inthe UK

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  2. Using pieced or printed fabric for the lines really is very interesting.

    One thing to think about with this technique is the amount of shrinkage from all the piecing. It seems you almost have to start with 2x what you expect to get as a result.

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  3. They are all very pretty, I like the red striped fine line, and the very tiny ones!

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  4. Debra -- I don't think it shrinks to half the original size (of course, I use very narrow seam allowances, more like 1/8 inch than 1/4) but probably somewhere between 3/4 and 2/3 of the original, depending on how many lines you put in. You also lose some around the edges when you square it up, if you decide to finish it that way.

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  5. Thanks for that clarification, Kathy.

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  6. Kathy, thanks for sharing these. Each is unique and adds a "What if..." component for us to try. My personal favorite is the orange fabric with the glow in the middle. It does not have as many lines as some of the others but that glow in the middle certainly gives lots of visual interest.

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  7. These are gorgeous -- it's nice to see all the different possibilities.

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