Just reading the subtitle of your blog made me wonder at first exactly what I’m doing here. Although I have tried dyeing, overdyeing, painting, resisting, silkscreening, stamping, fusing, and heat tools at one time or another, none of them have earned a permanent place in my repertoire. But then I found “slice” and “stitch” in your list, and felt more confident. Those two techniques pretty much make up my current body of work. I slice fabric apart, piece in a very thin line of contrast fabric, and stitch it back together again.
Now that I’ve taught you how to “draw lines” with piecing, it’s up to you where to draw them. Here are some suggestions:
- All your lines don’t have to go all the way across the piece. While you have a sliced line open, you can slice and restitch just half of the piece, then go back and complete the original line. Or you can make two parallel slices and sew intermediate lines in between the two cuts before you sew them back together.
- You can combine different fabrics to make your original expanse of fabric. You can join them with a plain seam, or piece in a skinny line at the join.
- While you have a slice open, before sewing the two halves back together you can insert a wider strip of contrast fabric. It’s probably better to do this early in the process, so the join between the two colors can be offset by subsequent crossings.
- You’ll get a different character if your slices are all at right angles to the sides of the fabric, creating a gridlike pattern, or if they go on diagonals.
- Areas that are densely covered with lines have a different character than those sparsely lined. For interesting contrast, have some areas of your composition densely sliced and others less dense.
So find a piece of fabric that you did an exotic surface design on, and slice it up! Maybe you'll want to start with one that you don't like much, and see whether it improves with a line pattern over the top. And if it works, maybe you'll want to try it with a piece you love. Let me know how it works for you!