The Alchemy of Fabric Club- April 2017 Edition:
Fussy Cut Flowers on a Denim Jacket
Allow yourself to look at the April Alchemy fabrics with “new eyes”. Instead of the overall effect of the fabric take a few moments and look closely at the leaf shapes and at the flower forms. When you study the fabric it opens a multitude of options. In creating a collage you will be planning where you cut the fabric instead of a random or partial floral/ leaf pattern based on cutting the size strip or block of fabric that you need. You are isolating a motif or shape that will be used in your collage. You can cut the flower or leaf exactly as it is designed or vary it to simplify the shape that you will use. In the overlapping in your collage you can also use a partial flower or leaf shape.
The technique of “fussy cutting” has many uses. I used my fabrics to create a collage on a jean jacket. I am ready for spring & flowers! In this same style you can create a beautiful floral collage pillow for a gift or decorate placemats. If you would like to use individual flowers rather than collage them together, I would fussy cut the full individual flower. If you want to create a wall hanging you can add stems and possibly a vase. If this direction interests you I recommend studying some of Matisse’s paintings & drawings for composition ideas, as he was a Master of this decorative floral art. Create a garden collage like in Laura Heine's quilt “Old Blue” or use fussy cut flowers on the borders of a quilt or corners of a quilt border. You can also use these fabrics to make an intentional floral design within the block or template that you are cutting for a quilt. The options are limitless when you take a moment to see all the possibilities in your fabrics. The extra bonus is that flowers are happy so they are lots of fun to work with!
I used Steam-a-Seam on the back of my flowers. I ironed it onto the back of the fabric, then you remove the paper and the back of the fabric is now slightly sticky so you can move the flowers around until you are ready to iron them in place. When you are satisfied with your collage of flowers iron in place. This product makes it so easy to create a collage of any style.
I ironed my flowers & leaves onto a piece of muslin fabric so I could do most of my zig zag stitching before I put the applique onto my jean jacket. In my planning I simplified some of the leaf shapes. I used a satin stitch / zig zag around the edges of my collage to finish them so they wouldn’t fray, especially considering I was putting it on a jacket. There are many ways to finish your collage based on your own preference and the look you want your creative project to have.
Most of all have fun and enjoy!
Our intention for creating the "Alchemy of Fabric" club is to provide the spark... the catalyst... the inspiration... for a project that your color palette is built upon. We have a monthly tutorial of insights on each fabric chosen. We have also included 10 other recommended fabrics to expand from the core fabrics and further guide your choices.
We are excited to share this educational opportunity as a study in color and fabric as well as build your artist palette of fabrics. As you practice designing your project from many different designers and collections our hope is to facilitate greater confidence and empowerment in your creative pursuits..
At the Stitchin' Post were are committed to creativity and inspiration and we are now embarking on a journey opening to new options together as the "Alchemy of Fabric" unfolds each month. Please share with us what the spark has ignited in you using the hashtag "#AlchemyofFabric" on your preferred social media platform, so others can be inspired by your work! You can also search #AlchemyofFabric to see what others have done, and to gain your own inspiration.