NOT JUST LONGARM QUILTING!
A little while ago I was busy quilting on my Bernina Q24 when I suddenly started thinking that there must be other things that I can create with this wonderful machine apart from using it to do longarm quilting!
In my textile art practice, I often find that I have to create fabric for some of the art that I produce. There is quite a lot of fabric burning that takes place when I do certain works and unfortunately, there is not a ready supply of fabrics that I need in the shops.
RECYCLE IN ORDER TO CREATE.
People who know me, know that I do not throw anything away. I believe in recycling in order to create…not always but for this work, definitely! I used recycled synthetic felt that was donated to me as the base. Before I started, I checked that everything that I was planning to use, could burn. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but it has to be able to burn!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE YOUR OWN NEW FABRIC:
- Synthetic felt
- Machine compost (make sure these can all burn!)
- Three or more different colour machine embroidery thread (make sure these can also all burn!)
- Angelina fibres (optional)
- Foot 24 or your darning foot.
HOW TO CREATE NEW FABRIC.
I pinned the felt to the leader cloth as if it is the backing of the quilt. Then I collected all my ‘throw away’ threads which are mostly collected from my machine embroidery. I call this my machine compost. These I spread all over the felt. After the threads, I sprinkled a bit of Angelina fibres around just to give it that little shine. Once all of the loose stuff was spread over the background, I put a layer of organza on top and tacked it to the backing as if it is a quilt that I am going to quilt.
Using a machine embroidery thread that blends into the background and my open toe free motion embroidery foot (Foot 24) , I free motion stitched through all layers. I then changed threads a couple of times from a blending thread to a contrasting thread until I achieved the background fabric that I wanted. The stitching is quite dense so that none of the loose threads in between the layers will move. Now my fabric was created and I was ready to go onto the next step but more about this in my next blog!
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