For this task I needed to collect and prepare a wide range of off cuts from my personally patterned fabrics and my fabric stash.
I used a mixture of light, medium and dark colours to produce effective designs
Fabric off cuts Scanned fabric & paper
I have looked back over previous modules to find ideas for cutting parallel and tapered strips
For this task I used scanned fabrics and paper to explore parallel designs by gluing the papers onto a back ground in a variety of sequences.
The first example is made from using same width strips and the second example uses a variety of widths.
Rail Fence Patchwork
For this example I used three strips of equal width paper to make a block, I then used my photo app to rearrange and form new blocks to create a Rail Fence patchwork
Roman Stripe is another method of using parallel strips. I cut three strips of each fabric in varying widths and stitched together horizontally, adding a vertical strip to each side.
Introducing String Patchwork
String Patchwork is a great way of using up all those strips of fabric left over from other projects.
They can be used up and sewn together even if they are tapered and/or uneven.
I used strips that I already had left over and also added some more strips that I cut specifically for this task. I lay the strips out on my cutting board to plan how I was going to join them together. All the fabrics that I used are 100% cotton.
I then stitched the strips (strings) together and ironed out my ‘block’. The tapered strips needed to be ‘top & tailed’ so as to make a neat block. When I had finished stitching I used my roller cutter and ruler to neaten the edges.
I then rotated the block 90 degrees and re-cut across the seams, making further tapered and parallel strips and joined these together to make small blocks
Seminole Patchwork is an extension of strip patchwork which was developed by the Seminole Indians of Florida, they used this method to insert strips of bright colour into the plain fabric od shirts. Skirts and dresses.
I used scanned fabrics to make paper trials of Seminole Patchwork. I used varying widths and glued them horizontally in a strip onto a backing paper. I then cut them vertically and re positioned the ‘strings’, adding ‘strips’ horizontally, producing TWO paper Seminole Patchwork designs for
For this task I was asked to produce TWO ‘lively and exciting’ Seminole samples. Using parallel, tapered and pieced strips and strings.
I found some left over pieced blocks, I cut strips of fabric, some tapered, some horizontal and joined them together to create two new blocks.
For this task I was asked to create an innovative block using my own ideas, I decided that as I had never tried making a block with interwoven strips, I would have a go at this.
I followed the method suggested, using iron-on Vilene which I cut into a 7” square, I laid strips of fabric onto this and wove both tapered, pieced and horizonal strips through these and then ironed them onto the Vilene. I used zig zag stitch with coordinating coloured thread to stitch them in place
I enjoyed this final chapter, I am often surprised at how well a piece of work ends up after I have used a bit of a ‘mish mash’ of colours and patterns but I guess that is the beauty of patchwork. My favourite part of this module was Chapter 2, Log Cabin. I always enjoy making this block pattern but because its quite time consuming, I rarely do use it so it was nice to be able to spend a bit of time planning and designing blocks for Chapter 2.
This course had certainly moved me at times, from what I am comfortable with, which I know is a good thing. It has given me ideas of how better to plan my work and also some very helpful tips. I am so glad that I took the plunge and enrolled onto this course and know I will be using the ideas in the future. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my tutor Sylvia Grant for all her encouragement and helpful feedback along the way.
Photo’s of me at work 🙂
Health & Safety Rules Observed for Module 3
I have continued to observe the same Health & Safety rules from previous modules. Keeping all my cutting tools out of reach of grandchildren and taking care myself when using them.
I haven’t used Spray Mount with this module but have kept glues, paints etc on shelves away from children and pets.
|Date||Activity or Chapter||Approx time spent|
|11/01/18||Sorting, ironing and scanning fabric||40 mins|
|Chap 1 tasks 1-5 + writing up||2 hrs|
|12/01/18||tasks 6, 7 and write up||2 hrs|
|16/01/18||task 8 and write up||2 hrs|
|17/01/18||task 9 and write up blog||5 hrs|
|22/01/18||Chap 2 tasks 1-4 and write up||4 hrs|
|24/01/18||Chap 2 task 5-6||3 hrs|
|26/01/18||Chap 3 planning, task 1,2,||1.5 hrs|
|27/01/18||Task, 3,4,||3.5 hrs|
|28/01/18||Write up & blog||2 hrs|
|29/01/18||Chap 4 task 2,3||3 hrs|
|30/01/18||Task 4||45 mins|
|31/01/18||Task 5||1.5 hrs|
|01/02/18||Photograph. Write up & mount
task 6 and blog
|05/02/18 – 06/02/18||Chap 5 task 1,2,3||3 hrs|
|08/02/18||Task 4 & 5||2.5 hrs|
|09/02/18||Write up||1 hr|
|21/02/18||Blog post||30 mins|
|21/02/18||Chap 6 task 1-4||2 hrs|
|23/02/18||Tasks 5-8, write up and blog||4 hrs|
|Materials Cost Sheet|
|11/01/18||Paper & card & fabric||All from stash|