A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Pleats, Pleats, Me
I've been a bit more organised here, with markings at each end of the fabric to make even pleats.. These are roughly 1/4 inch deep and 1-1/4 inches apart.. Sew, press
Actually, I suspect that the unpressed pleats are just as interesting
Pressed again.. Oh, boy, fabric reduction by degrees...
And the back - also interesting..
A variation on yesterday's stripes-with-pleats, from my Summer Landscapes piece again. I really like the way the pleats distort the patchwork
And here, even though this piece has batting and backing, you can see the light is altered by the layers and crossings.. Plain muslin/calico in the block - the sides of this piece are an odd brocaded furnishing fabric
Here I have made blocks - 5-inch squares were pleated in 2 directions, then trimmed (to 4 inches) and joined. I tried to ensure that the pleats did not meet on the joins - this makes for easier pressing if nothing else
Working on the bias is interesting, too - here I have returned to the silk striped squares
Sewn, close together
Snipped - I think this needs a wash...