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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Creating Texture with Stitching and Fabric Manipulation - part 2
Round and Round we go....where we stop.............
There is no stopping I'm thinking!!
Today I want to start with some techniques from our guest artist, Wil Opio Oguta. Her examples will keep you "spinning round"
Hi, I am Wil and I am
a friend of Kelly. We see each other once a year (she lives in the US and I
live in the Netherlands) and that gives us both a creative boost J. Check out my blog and my website to see what
I do as an artist. http://wilopiooguta.blogspot.com
August is all about
texture and I am going to show you some ideas what you can do with this. There
are many ways of creating texture, both actual texture or perceived. For this
month I have focused on fabric manipulation.
A texture I love – but
which I strangely have not seen described in books – is this simple one. I
started with a square piece of hand dyed fabric which I soaked in water. The
next step was to crunch it into this shape. To keep it into this
shape I pinned it onto my ironing board. Placed a piece of paper on it and
pressed it with a hot iron till it was dry. My iron is a cordless one, so I had
to do this in several steps as the iron cooled down.
When the fabric was completely dry, I removed the pins and
ironed it onto a fusible webbing. This webbing gives an extra security that all
the folds stay into position till you are ready to stitch it onto something.
At the moment I am working with the theme circles. With
the samples I made for this texture project I will make a quilt. This sample
will be included in this quilt and that is the reason that I cut the sample
into a circle size. Normally I would use my circular rotary cutter, but because
this is a rather thick piece of fabric, I had drawn the circle on the paper
backing of the fusible webbing and cut the circle using scissors.
Have you ever done
arashi shibori (pole shibori)? If so, the first pictures will look familiair to
you. If not, I will guide you through the process step by step. I started with
a rectangular piece of fabric, but you can also use a square piece of fabric.
Size of the pole is not that important as we are not going to dye the fabric.
Place the fabric on
your working surface and put the pole on top of it.
Wrap the fabric around
the pole and wind thread around it. The thread can be cotton or any other type
of thread you have. If the fabric does not want to stay put, put some small
pieces of tape at the edges. Tie a knot in the thread after you have circled
the pole for the first time. You might want to put some tape on the thread end.
When the whole pole
looks like this, tie a knot in the end of the fabric as well. Now you are ready
to start pressing the fabric together. If you have used tape, this is the
moment to remove that. This can be difficult, depending on how tight everything
is, but your final result should look like this:
Now soak this in
water. As it is likely that the fabric is somewhere in the middle of the pole,
the easiest way to do this, is under a running tab. Leave your pole till it is
completely dry. Usually that is the next day, but if you live in a humid area
it might take a bit longer. Cut away the thread and carefully unwind all of it
from the fabric. When you take the fabric of the pole, you will see that it
stays into shape.
In this case I had
used a narrow strip of fabric, but if your fabric went around the pole several
times, it will look the same.
To make certain that
it stays into this shape I ironed the fabric onto fusible webbing.
And as it is a sample
for my circle quilt, I have cut the sample into a circle shape:
The fusible will make
certain that it stays into position till you are ready to use it. Whenever I
use a texture like this in one of my quilts, I iron it onto the background.
Because of the thickness it will be difficult to quilt it, but not impossible.
There is however the question, do you want to quilt it, or will you use it in
such a way that a satin or zigzag stitch is enough, after all because of the
fusible it will be attached to your quilt anyway.
Thanks, Wil! OK...I have done arashi shibori many times but have always ironed it flat. This deeply textured effect is one I will definitely be trying out!!
There will be more circles and other techniques tomorrow! Now, everyone sit down so you don't get dizzy!