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Azulejos, Portuguese tiles and the Shapedesigner of the 880!

The magic word is “Inspiration”. It is usually not available non-stop, can not be influenced or even forced. But now and then it is generous and fell down, like a creative rock. There is access to it then and to make something out of it!

This happened to me on the flight back from my vacation in Portugal. Whilst thinking about all the impressions of the previous days, a new idea came up and luckily there was time to have a go for it.

The Portuguese Azulejos, these beautiful wall tiles, that adorn not only floors but also house walls, inside and outside, got stuck in my mind and I wanted to capture them on the Portuguese cork material. And in order to apply these multiple patterns in a special variation, found in my idea in 8000 meters hight, I wanted to use the ShapeDesigner of me BERNINA 880. It should work out.

Well, it should become a two-side table runner. One side in a slightly folk style, the other side in a classic, elegant design. I choose the iridescent light blue, the new raspberry, the navy and a new natural color. The classic side is made of black and white.

Cut a total of 14 parts of 25cm x 25 cm – for the colorful side – and 7 parts white and black each, also 25cm x 25cm.

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In addition I am happy to offer all 9 different embroidery designs as a freebie, so that these beautiful tiles can be stiched on the 760, 790 and 830 BERNINA embroidery machine. Theses freebies will be published in a second part. In a third part I like to offer another design for the smaller BERNINA embroidery machines.

After cutting one corksquare is fixed with temporary adhesive. I did prepare one motif for a tile in advance with the shapedesigner of my BERNINA 880.

The first frame is embroidered on the lightblue cork, the inner pattern do follow just afterwards:

 

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and the BERNINA 880 embroiders clean and precise:

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until the first of 14 tiles is finished:

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This shapetool is a real addictive. It makes you forget time and keeps you playing and playing…

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Table filles up with many colorful cork tiles…

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And once assembled it looks as follows – I am excited:

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The back should now be classically elegant. My husband had a brilliant idea: ” Why not to set a tile in the center and two halved tiles around?” Said and done.

For the classic, elegant variation I chose black and white.

And it should show only two motives, simple and straight.

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Subsequently, these 16 different motifs and embroidered cork tiles have emerged. There are a total of 8 subjects that will be in the second part as freebies available for download:

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Fliese02

Fliese03

Fliese04

Fliese05

Fliese06

Fliese07

Fliese08

Fliese09

Fliese10

Fliese11

Fliese12

Fliese13Fliese14

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The runner should be as flat on the glass-topped table and have no fat bulges through any seam allowances. Therefore, I set the individual cork pieces along with a quilt stitch. The only condition to work as – the cut must be one hundred percent clean and precise.

Final size cutting after embroidering: 22cm x 22cm.

Halved tile for back: 11cm x 22cm.

For an exact cut I am looking for the center of the tile, using the measure of the cutting mat. The centerpoint is at 11cm. Not moving the cork I now move just my ruler to 22cm and cut the first edge. This is my guidance section and I can easily now shorten all three remaining edges accurately. Pay attention to a very exact angle!

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To connect the individual cork tiles I choose Vliesofix. A strip about 4 cm width and 23cm length is about to join two square edges.

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Iron-on on a solid surface – not a soft board. Make sure the ironing temperature is not too high, otherwise the synthetic material on the back of the corkleather shrinks.

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Once all tiles are connected all overhanging Vliesofixedges need another precise cut.

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To test the matching quilt stitch and to make it visible, I prepared a few samples of the corkstripes, that were also connected to fusible web.

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For joining I choose the zigzag presser foot with sliding sole # 52. Due to the coated presser foot it glides effortlessly over the cork leather.

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Choosing the quilt stitch:

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and look for a stitch, that joins both sides, left and right and connects them. My favorite one is this classical quiltling stitch:

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It is simple, reliable and maintains a neutral addition to all those decorative stitches, that have already been applied by the shapedesigner on the cork. Some first sample stitches already found on the cork strips:

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This looks great, but I want to try and look at a second variation:

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Both samples look fine, but I have to choose just one:

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Well, it’s the first one.

All edges are sewn together with this quilt stitch:

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Some small corrections with ruler and some cuts

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Dann verbinde ich erneut die zusammengesetzten Reihen mit Vliesofix und nähe Stück für Stück die beiden Läuferseiten zusammen. Es wird jeweils einmal gebügelt und angenäht, erst dann kommt der nächste Abschnitt hinzu. Bitte darauf achten, dass man von “innen nach aussen” näht: das zusammengenähte Material läuft linksseitig zur Nähmaschine, nur das anzusetzende Material liegt unter dem Freiarm der Nähmaschine. Sonst kommt es unweigerlich zum Materialstau.

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Front and backside of the tablerunner look like this now:

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The entire table runner is covered with another layer of Vliesofix, ironed on one side:

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Overlapping edges must be trimmed, take the paper of the Vliesofix off, both sides must be exactly positioned and fixed by little clams. Take a sheet of barchmentpaper and iron both side carefully together.

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The last thing to do is to connect the outer edges of the corktiles with another quiltstitch. I choosed again and decided for a stitch, that ressembled a bit to the first one.

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And here it goes – on the table!

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turned around – also pretty!

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Have fun in doing your own table runner.

If you are interested in buying cork material – you find it here in my corkleathershop.

 

Cordially,

Jutta Hellbach

 

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  • jillan

    great work. i am looking for forward to your continuing post of this subject. then getting started myself. thanks greatly.

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