Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Recycling mistakes, scraps and offcuts
Mags Ramsay here with my last post on using acrylic paints on fabric. I ran out of time to tell you about my monoprinting experiments but I thought I'd finish up by showing you some projects using offcuts from acrylic painted fabric and quilts. I love working from scraps-somehow they're more inspiring and liberating than cutting into pristine fabric and I keep a separate basket for all the offcuts when I trim quilts down to size.
In this case I'd been experimenting with using masking tape shibori stencils on photos of doors to give the effect of woodgrain. I ended up with quite a few offcuts cutting this down from a square to rectangle. Neatening them up and sewing them to other strips using a wide zig zag, the resulting small journal quilt(below) is I think more interesting than the original!
My second quilt for Cwilt Cymru 'Connection' exhibition 'red remnants' was by necessity made from offcuts of the 3 other quilts I'd repurposed from an old red and white quilt - my original idea hadn't worked and with a tight deadline it was pulled together very quickly.
This series of 4 quilts repurposed from an old red and white quilt through painting with acrylics and stitch sum up my progress so far using these techniques. Thanks for joining me , I'm looking forward to the next challenge.