9.1 Paper sample design
Then followed the instructions to make the first sample in fabric. Cotton fabrics in blue (bkgrd), rust, peach, and printed red top layer. Fairly easy to do. Have to keep enough material to turn under. Hardest part is the tips of each star because there's nothing to turn under at those points (pun?).
9.2 Finished sample traditional method
The next step... Chose a slightly different 8-pt star shape and made two sets of 5 cotton layers of a base of stamped red, then blue, rust, peach, and a top layer of stamped dark blue. Both samples have the same pattern and colours in the same order. In sample 9.3 I sewed and cut from the outside inwards. In sample 9.4 I sewed and cut from the inside outwards, and frayed the edges of the shape. In 9.4 I also left a kind of frame starting with the top layer, and I am pleased with the result. Everything on both samples was machine-stitched in orange metallic or dark blue metallic threads which, I think, gives the pieces a little more lustre. I was quite surprised at the differences between the two samples, even though they started out exactly the same. So, subtle changes in method can produce great variety in the final product in terms of texture. This was fascinating. Sample 9.3 is a much more orderly, clean version, and 9.4 is more active and has a fluid feeling to it.
9.3 Outside shape stitched first
9.4 Shape sewn and cut from inside outwards
Both of these samples are simple when backlit (9.5 and 9.6). The red shows up nicely in the to sizes of the 8-pt star, as do the needle holes:
9.5 Sample 9.3 with backlighting
9.6 Sample 9.4 with backlighting
The fourth (9.7) sample uses 3 layers, red, peachy-orange, and a stamped bark blue top layer. I used the same shape as sample 9.2 above, machine stitched double rows in concentric shapes, cut between the shapes and frayed the edges between. Once again, painted areas were more difficult to fray. If I were to do this again, I would make the space between each shape wider so that the colours in lower layers would show through. If I did that, I would also use 4 layers.
9.7 Slashed reverse applique
The fifth sample (9.8) uses various piece of fabric and one complex shape. I found it difficult to remember 1) where I had sewn and 2) where to cut the next layer. I made a mistake and cut one section that was the bottom layer. So, I realised that I should have put one complete layer as the background and should then remember which one it is so I don't cut it.
9.8 Multicoloured ripple effect (1st attempt)
I wasn't too happy with this attempt, so I made another sample (9.9) in the same shape. I think it turned out better. Perhaps the key is to 1) use plenty of layers (?) and 2) choose a shape that has several large spaces that can grow smaller with each consecutive sew-cut stage. Oh, and remember which 'layer' you have sewn last.
9.9 Multicoloured ripple effect (2nd attempt)
[Total hours Chapter 9: 16]
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