You know, the main reason I set up my blog was to keep myself on track. So I have finally made myself up a routine to follow so I get things done in all the many areas of my interests. My Friday Focus (forgive my alliterations as I am partial to them) is where I intend to post about new techniques and experiments, be they fabric manipulation, surface techniques, sewing, etc.
This week i am posting about manipulating fabric for texture and depth. In my Quilt Uni course, this week we are looking at scrunching fabric and I got to thinking about folding and pleating techniques. I got an idea for pleating a strip pieced fabric to get an impression of water.
In my first experiment, I used three values of 2.5in blue fabric
This sample was a bit more to my liking, and with a bit of Free motion and some embellishment, would be OK.
However, I still wanted more wavy sort of Textures, so I started again with some thinner 1.25 in strips
The next thing I wanted to make was some water in a river pool. My idea was to create curved tucks around a central point, however I got something quite different.
the art of manipulating fabric by Collette Wolf (Which is my bible for such things). It is also similar to making twisted roses in Fantastic Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat or chopkeys in Folded fabric elegance by Rami Kim and
here is the final sample
I still hadn't worked out how to get my curved pool tucks, but as i was writing this it came to me, so i went and did a quick sample
I have designed a small quilt/hanging to use some of the techniques in the course and I will try and remember to post it on Sunday, 'cos Sunday is sketchbook day.
Tomorrow is Stitchin' Saturday and I will look at a Free motion stitch in detail.