Last weekend was gorgeous weather – too good to spend in the studio. I did some gardening instead and then sat out and surveyed my efforts. It seemed like a good time to do some hand sewing, so I made a start on the next activity for the C&Gs course, which was to make a sample of trapunto and corded quilting. I chose to combine both samples in one design. The inspiration for the design came from browsing through my book on textile designs. A Japanese fabric with a butterfly design caught my fancy. I also remembered a needlepoint pattern I have with a butterfly as the central motif. (I’ve actually made the cushion cover in needlepoint) So that was the basis for my sketch.
I decided to go with the left hand side for my actual sample. I used medical gauze for the backing and was able to open the weave enough to get little holes that enabled me to stuff out the shapes with little pellets of batting that are sold for stuffing toys.
I used my hemostats for getting the batting in through the holes. They came into their own again for this task. It was quite difficult to get the threads to close back over the holes though, so maybe making a small slit and then sewing it closed again is the better option. I used some thick cotton knitting yarn for my cording and that went in like a dream. For an impatient person corded quilting is definitely the method of choice for quick results 🙂
Here are a few more photos.