CREATING FABRIC (Part 4)
CREATING THE ART
A beautiful new fabric is created and the graffiti sketching is done. The next step is how the artwork is created. The plan was to draw a gecko on the synthetic background and fill his body in with zentangles or doodles. Firstly the outline of the gecko was sketched onto an A3 size paper, then traced onto Avalon. Only a couple of pencil lines are needed as a guideline for the zentangles. The gecko was to be superimposed on the graffiti but the lines had to be visible.
STARTING TO SEW.
When sewing the outline, be sure that the black shows off beautifully as the lines might not be thick enough. I continued for a while on the Q24 using foot #24, however, the lines were too fine. In conclusion, I had to sew over each line a couple of times. After a bit of this, I got tired of having to concentrate so hard all the time.
TIME FOR A CHANGE!
The background fabric plus the Avalon were taken off the frame and moved over to the Bernina 770. It is important to thread the machine with two 100% black cotton threads as well as cotton thread in the bobbin. The needle was changed to a cordonnette needle. It’s a good idea to put the adjustable stippling foot #73 on. With the wide open space in the front part of the foot, it was very easy to see where to stitch! One cannot sew accurately without quilting gloves!
The zentangles could only be filled in once the gecko outline was done. So much fun!
SEWING A STRAIGHT BORDER.
As soon as the gecko’s body was filled with zentangles, the quarter inch foot #97D was put on and the dual feed plugged into the back of it. That helps to sew a nice straight line as a border around the outside of the background fabric.
The whole cloth was soaked out in lukewarm water to get rid of the Avalon. It was put it outside in the hot autumn afternoon sun to dry. A soldering iron was used to burn holes between the stitching. Afterwards a heat-gun was used to singe the edges however, I really didn’t like what it looked like. A different plan will have to be made with the edge!
If you would like to create your own artwork like this one, you will need:
- Your own newly created synthetic background fabric with your own graffiti design sketched on (see previous blogs)
- Paper to draw on
- Permanent marker
- Sheet of Avalon
- Two reels of 100% black cotton thread
- Quilting gloves
- Cordonnette needle
- Sewing machine of which the feed dogs can be dropped
- Correct foot for FMQ, in my case, foot #73
- Your machine’s walking foot or Foot #97D
- Soldering iron
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DO ANY BURNING OF FABRIC OUTSIDE OR IN A WELL-VENTILATED ROOM.
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