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Using my BERNINA Q24 for something completely different

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!

The type of fabric I create.

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!)
  • Organza
  • Angelina fibres (optional)
  • Pins
  • Foot 24 or your darning foot.

HOW TO CREATE NEW FABRIC.

Spread the machine compost all over the felt.

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.

Dense stitching through all layers.

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!

Angelina fibres give my work a glimmering appearance!

You can follow me on Instagram  #tillydeharde and on Facebook, Tilly de Harde Textile Artist to see more interesting things that I do and classes that I teach. Please remember to leave a comment below!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: Everything synthetic, Felt, machine compost, Machine embroidery threads
Used Products:
BERNINA Q 24
BERNINA Q 24
Free-motion embroidery foot # 24
Free-motion embroidery foot # 24

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