Work done for City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery with Distant Stitch.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Certificate Module 2 Chapter 7: A Little on Account Part 2

Traditional Piecing Methods

Second Stage - Fabric Samples

I don't know whether it was the mood I was in or the technique itself, but I found log cabin terribly tedious and boring to do.  I couldn't come up with anything interesting to do with it.  I did a few samples, but I don't really like them.  Patchwork is something I don't really like so I have struggled with this chapter.  I found my interest increase when I started on the Seminole work.  I loved the surprise element of it.  I haven't done many samples yet, but I'll carry on with this, incorporating the ideas of decorating seams from the next chapter.

A - Log Cabin

B - Seminole

2.7.B6 "right" side

2.7.B6 the reverse side
2.7.B7 the "right" side

2.7.B7 the reverse side

 I found the Seminole work much more interesting.  In 2.7.B7 I was fascinated by how interesting the little bits of pattern were.  Seminole always gives a surprise when it is finished.  The reverse side of both samples gave me a taste of how much the next chapter could add to the interest with experimental seams.  Although I have had time for only two samples so far, my imagination has caught fire with all the ideas sparked off.  Some ideas I'd like to try are:-
  • Interpret the marks on the light coloured squares in 2.7.B7 in stitch instead of print
  • Try some samples with some seams going one way, some the other
  • Interpret my "squiggly lines with circles" from my original sea anemone drawing using seminole patchwork for the squiggly lines (as shown in 2.7.B5 and 2.7.B6) with stitch for the circles
  • Try combining seminole for the squiggly lines with yo-yo patchwork for the circles.
I found a book in my local library on Japanese Quilt Blocks.  It seems to go with the Shibori earlier.  It had a section on Sashiko, which would be great to use as inspiration for the stitching on fabrics to come in later chapters.  I'm starting to feel a definite Japanese theme starting here.

These ideas should keep me busy for a while.  Watch this space ...

Certificate Module 2 Chapter 7: A Little on Account

Traditional Piecing Methods

It's been so long since I did any work on City and Guilds that I thought, now I've got back in harness again, I'll post a little bit on account.

The last few months, in fact the whole winter, have been dominated by health issues, with multiple aging relatives needing help and support while they recovered from serious illnesses.  Meanwhile I was going down with every minor bug going.  However, spring is here (I know because the rain is slightly warmer!!) and I've got my energy and enthusiasm back again.

First Stage
Paper mock ups of traditional piecing methods
A - Log Cabin




2.7 A3



B - Seminole





Blogger is playing up and I'm really struggling to get things placed how I want, so I'll post this now and put the fabric samples in another posting.