In this chapter I will be looking at translating craft collages from the using fabric previous chapter into patches of rich textural ideas
I will be using the paper manipulations to inspire the fabric manipulations.
Manipulation is another method of sewing cloth and includes quilting, gathering, tucks, smocking, pleating etc. These techniques change the way cloth looks and feels and enhances decorative and functional items.
I have chosen to use calico for each of the tasks in this chapter, calico comes in different thicknesses, thread count, shade and quality. Calico creases well and creates shadow, I enjoy using natural fabrics.
For this task I was asked to create a number of different manipulated fabric shapes. Filling an A4 page of my work book, I chose to mount these onto black paper before sticking this into my book
- I folded a rectangle with concertina folds
- twisted a rectangle and stitching the twists in place
- concertinaed and fanned out a square, stitching the pinched centre in place
- folded a square across into a triangle, pinching the centre and stitching this down to create a butterfly type shape
- twisted a narrow-frayed strip and
- rolled a rectangle leaving the end unrolled and glued to the paper.
For this task I was asked to choose one manipulated shape technique and repeat it several times to produce a creative textural ‘patch’. I chose to use the butterfly type shape. With the centre of each ‘butterfly’ pinned down the ‘wings’ popped up as if in flight.
The first ‘patch’ I made by facing the ‘tails’ all together in the centre to form a square.
For the second patch I lay the triangles with the tips slightly overlapping the previous triangle, I made two strips side by side thus creating a flying geese quilt style pattern. Flying geese is one of my favourite quilt patterns.
The third ‘patch’ was created by continuing the flying geese design but by laying the ‘geese’ in a curved design as if a flock of geese were flying across the sky
Below are photos of Flying Geese quilting work I have carried out
For this task I needed to refer to my craft collages in Chapter 5. I was asked to translate one into a small A5 fabric collage by manipulating the calico fabric and attaching it to a calico background.
I chose the photo and collage of bamboo for this task, I tore strips of calico and then rolled some and twisted some, laying them in different directions just as the bamboo is in the photo.
I have shown in the photo’s below, the development from the original photo of bamboo through to the fabric interpretation
Image 1: bamboo; Image 2: paper collage; Image 3: rolling and twisting of fabric; Image 4:the pieces pined to the pin board; Image 5: finished piece after hand stitching to backing
This photo shows how a block could be produced by making identical individual patches, placing them in different directions, then joining them together to form a block.
For this task I have taken a plain piece of calico the same size as the patch of manipulated fabric and continued the lines across with a pencil. I then backed this with wadding and hand quilted along the lines using a coordinating thread.
By placing four images together, I have formed a picture of how this could look made into a bigger block
As this is the end of Module 2 I have added below, my Time Log, Material Cost Sheet and Health & Safety Rules Observed.
|Date||Activity or Chapter||Approximate time spent|
|1/4/17||Download and print module 2||1 hr|
|3/4/17||Order equipment/materials||45 mins|
|3/4/17||Searching mags for coloured paper||1 hr|
|7/4/17||Chapt 1 cutting out photos||1 hr|
|11/4/17||Writing up notes||1 hr|
|Sticking pictures/notes into book||1hr|
|12/4/17||Cont chapt 1||2hrs|
|15/4/17||Writing up blog, posting||2hrs|
|18/4/17||Chapt 2 tasks 1-4||2hrs|
|19/4/17||Chapt 2 task 5||1.5hrs|
|2/5/17||Chap 3 tasks 1-4||8 hrs|
|4/7/17||Task 5 and writing up||3hrs|
|7/7/17||Task 6||1.5 hrs|
|10/7/17||Finish writing task 7 post whole chapter on blog||3hrs|
|7/8/17||chap 4 choose sample pieces to use cut wadding and backing, tacking/pinning together into sandwiches||2hrs|
|8/8/17||Quilted each piece for tasks 1,2,4||3hrs|
|9/8/17||Task 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and typed up||5hrs|
|10/8/17||Task 5, Xtra and typed up and blogged||4hrs|
|20/9/17||Chap 5 collecting craft materials, photos, printing, cutting out||2hrs|
|21/9/17||Making collages, writing up blog||3hrs|
|4/10/17||Chapter 6 task 1, 2 & typing up||3hrs|
|17/10/17||Task 3, Xtra & typing up||2hrs 40mins|
|Materials cost sheet|
|Date||Item||Supplier||Cost of item||Estimated total cost|
|Fabric paint||Local craft shop||3.00|
|T shirt paint||6.50|
|7/17||Fabric transfer paint||online||20.00|
Health & Safety Rules Observed for Module 2
Health and safety rules observed for this module are much the same as for Module 1.
I have used my rotary cutter for cutting fabric and pictures and my large ruler which has a handle attached, HOWEVER, for one task I used a smaller ruler with no handle and managed to slice a small piece of flesh from the tip of my finger….lesson learnt!
I have used spray mount for some of the tasks in this module and recognise the need to cover my nose and mouth when using this.
I have also acquired some shelving and clear boxes to store my fabrics and work. As I mentioned in Module 1 H & S, I suffer with back problems and this has made it easier for me to find my work and not have to bend over boxes searching for things.
I always keep scissors, rotary cutters, glues, inks, paint etc out of the way of little fingers 😊
My Work book