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Module 4: Stitched Samples

Smocking is such an interesting method of fabric manipulation and this module was a reintroduction to a method of stitching that I had tried many years ago when my daughter was a toddler. It proved the point that I made earlier about there always being things to learn.

The first four samples were an opportunity to try out the basic stitches and develop my skills in stitching using different types and thicknesses of thread.

Here are a couple of samples:

Sample 5 was an experimental piece. I dyed the background fabric, using Procion dye, bleach and metallic sprays, then added shapes of smocked materials. I used leaves from two Acer trees in my garden. I must admit, that I did not like the end sample as I felt it was a waste of this beautiful fabric. However, evaluation is a key aspect and so it is important to be honest about your feelings / thoughts.

Finally, I smocked parts of the background fabric.

Here is the finished sample:

I used a range of materials and threads, including plastic, baby wipes and sweet wrappers.

Although, I didn't really like the end result, I did enjoy the process, which I guess is the whole point of the exercise.

The next Module is: FORM and will be published next month - July.

Thak you for reading.

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