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2nd Assessment: making a manipulated Wall Hanging

The manufacturing process of this wall hanging took longer than I thought it would, but was certainly fun to do. Once I had chosen my fabrics, the fun began!

I cut the fabric carefully, using the templates I had made (see previous blog), I began to work through the pieces systematically – completing all the pieces for one element to the same point. Here you can see the tapered pleats pressed and basted. The next step was to machine baste after a final press. You can also see the tucks being folded; finger-pressed; then pressed with hot iron.

The various shapes were prepared and put to one side ready for piecing. here are some other examples:

I used a machine embroidery stitch to catch the pleats in this ribbon.

The one single piece was the centre, which I was going to hand smock. All the smocking I had done up to now was in straight lines, but this one had to be circular. I had used smocking transfer dots previously, but they would do for this, so I had to find a suitable grid.

Many different grids are available to print from the Internet. This polar grid was just what I needed.

I cut out the circle of fabric from a pattern I made, then hemmed the outer edge by hand. After, I transferred the dots using dressmaker’s carbon and a compass point.

The dots transferred well:

And, here is the embroidered centre before tacking stitches were removed.

I decided quite early on to piece the elements in triangles. It made sense to make larger pieces that I could later join up. I completed each part, stitched it to the next and finally finished with interfacing to stop the pleated section from moving.

These pieces were then joined into larger shapes:

and then these were joined to make the whole!

The next stages of piecing were to add the extra details in the form of Suffolk Puffs and the completed centre, which I finished with a covered button, which I decorated with thread and beads:

Finally I added wadding and a backing fabric and stitches a metal ring into loops at the back ready for hanging:

And here is the finished wall hanging:

I would love to know what you think. Do you like the shape / colours? Have you tried manipulating fabrics using any of these methods and what did you make of the process?

My next blog will be about my 3rd assessed piece. I wonder what it will be!

Thanks for reading.