In this chapter we were continuing with piecing our patterned fabrics, but finding ways of making the seams more interesting.
I started by making a Seminole sample, cutting some strips diagonally and others straight across. This gave a series of wavy lines crossing the piece. A spotted fabric for one line produced the "wiggly lines and circles" that I found interesting in my original drawing from animal markings. To make the seams more interesting, I lapped the seams and then frayed them to make fringes. I liked how this gave a smooth but still raggedy look. See sample 2.8S.1.
|Detail A of 2.8S.2|
|Detail B of 2.8S.2|
In the third seam, I trapped squares of patterned fabric by pinching the centre point and trapping it in the seam, giving a series of handkerchief points. The fourth seam is lapped and fringed, stitched with a decorative stitch. Seam 5 is a French seam, padded with wool and tied at regular intervals with narrow black ribbon. Seam 6 is a normal seam, but decorated with metal washers hand stitched at the edge. All of these can be seen in detail C.
|Detail C of 2.8S.2|
For the seventh seam, I folded squares of fabric in two with the crease at the top, folded down each top corner to the bottom centre and pressed them, before trapping them in the seam to give triangular points. See detail D.
|Detail D of 2.8S.2|
Finally, I trapped knotted narrow strips of fabric in the seam. See detail E.
|Detail E of 2.8S.2|
We were asked to make some simple ideas we could use to trim our functional 3D item (which we'll be making in a later chapter). These were ribbons, cords and toggles.
The first ribbon I made was a pieces strip left over from some Seminole work. I tried various machine stitches, varying the length of the stitch to give different intensities of stitch.
From left to right, the techniques used are:
- a simple fabric strip, knotted at intervals
- a bunch of several fabric strips twisted together and knotted
- a single strip of fabric, twisted and machine zig-zagged to secure. I used a bought spotted fabric for this and I liked how the occasional black spot shows through the stitching.
- three twisted fabric strips plaited with the ends knotted to secure
- a fabric strip twisted and then machine zig-zagged to secure
- three strips twisted and stitched as in 5 above, then plaited together
- a simple strip of fabric rolled up and stitched to secure.
- a strip of fabric folded and knotted
- three strips of different fabrics laid one on top of the other, folded and knotted
- a strip of fabric knotted four times one on top of the other
- a "monkey's fist knot" tied in an extra long strip of fabric