Friday, 11 November 2011

Machine stitched fabric-Part 3

I really enjoyed the stitching of the fabrics trying to come as close as possible to reproducing animal patterns. I think that the possibilities are endless as nature itself produces such incredible choices. In the samples above I tried to relate some of the stitched fabrics to the drawn animal patterns. 
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Machine stitched fabrics-Part 2

Sample j: cable stitched fabric: a heavier black thread was used in the bobbin

Sample k: whip stitch on patterned fabric:
different stitches were used in rows placed next to each other: a wide zigzag stitch overstitched with the same stitch and a decorative stitch

Sample l: cable stitch on the bias of a patterned fabric produces a very interesting texture as the fabric puckered
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Machine stitched fabrics-Part 1

Inspired by some of the animal patterns, I tried to imitate and invent some with machine stitching

Sample a: cable stitch with white, thicker thread in the bobbin

Sample b: black, knitting thread was applied with a zigzag stitch in irregular rows, the whole fabric was then partly discharged

Sample c: for this sample the bobbin tension was slightly loosened. The fabric was moved quite heavily during the stitching process to create this pattern

Sample d: here a  decorative stitch was used, the bobbin tension was lowered so that the black thread could be pulled on the top of the fabric. A wide zigzag stitch was stitched between the different rows. The same technique was used for sample e below with a white thread in the bobbin on patterned fabric

Sample d and e

Sample f: a decorative stitch was used in the same way than the samples above. The rows were stitched very closely to each other, making the fabric pucker

Sample g: rows of wide, whip zigzag stitch, creating a very delicate pattern

Sample h: the same technique and stitch used than in the sample above, except that the background fabric is patterned and the rows were stitched in a wiggly movement

Sample i: thick white thread was applied with a narrow zigzag stitch onto a patterned fabric

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Module 2 - Chapter 10 - Part 2

Design 2:
stage 5 was cut diagonally and every second strip was assembled, for the second design the leftover strips were used. This design reminds of of an armadillo

Design 4:
stage 4 was cut diagonally and everyother strip got reassembled
Design 3
3rd stage: stage 2 was cut into diagonal strips and only every other strip got re-assembled
Design 5a:
Here stage 1 was cut into squares which were then put on top of each other and cut diagonally. These were assembled to achieve the 3rd stage.
Stage 4: stage 3 was cut into 4 horizontal stripes and then reassembled
Stage 5: (last design on this page) stage 4 was cut up vertically, every other strip was flipped and then reassembled

Design 5b:
As for design 5a, stage 1 was cut into squares, put on top of each other, cut diagonally and reassembled. The resulting stage was re-cut diagonally, every other strip got re-assembled.
For the last design, the leftover strips got reassembled.


Fabric Sample
I chose Design 2 to reproduce in fabric, starting from stage 6, I cut stripes diagonally and re-assembled every second strip. For the sample below I used the leftover strips. One "wrong sides together" seam was made.


The Challenge
For this Fabric Sample I tried to cut the fabric not only horizontally or vertically but also diagonally. I thought it would be very interesting to see, how the sample would evolve. However, at the end, I think it won't have made any difference. I decided to stop the cutting and piecing, so that some "kind of pattern" would still look through. My sewing machine also started making some very annoying noises when crossing the seams. I love the texture achieved at the end and I could have tried to make the seams fray even more by treating them with a brush.

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