Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday sewing

in which our plucky heroine tries a new technique..

Started working on a custom sewing commission, with celtic knotwork trapunto decoration on the pockets. The motifs are traced onto scraps of linen gauze, and basted in place with silk thread. Once the lines of the design are stitched, the channels will be filled with acrylic (washfast and shrinkproof) yarn, to give a dimensional effect.

Trapunto is not a quick embellishment. Marking out and stitching the channels for these two 5" squares took about 2 1/2 hours, if I had hand stitched the channels it would have taken well more than twice that. Running the cord through the channels on just one of the two squares took about another hour
Very Messy reverse side of the trapunto will be tidied away behind a lining, and the two sculptural embellishments will become two sturdy pockets on the custom order for a jumper/pinafore

... and meanwhile next door, my Other Neighbors are odd. It is starting to feel like I am living in Night Vale...


April SMART goals (x=extra)
1 celtic enamel pelican --
2 trapunto knotwork --
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  1. The Trapunto is really interesting. What a pretty detail.

  2. What beautiful work, Alison!

    I think your neighbors "trump" mine for oddity. Two houses down from me, the kids - high school and younger - routinely run around on the roof of the house. Maybe your neighbors are learning to make neon tubing or something ;-0

    1. I really have no idea why the pink light... as far as I can tell it is on 24 hours a day, as I can see it shining through the window blinds even in the daytime, but much less brightly. If I see them outside at some point, I am going to ask...