After hooping some muslin-type fabrics, we practiced the looping motions we would be using once the hoop was under the machine foot. Then we began sewing, just getting the feel of moving the fabric smoothly under the foot: too fast and you get big stitches, too slow and you get stitches piling up in one place. It took some time but a few of us began to actually make some halfway decent curves and loops, trying to achieve a stippled effect. By layering fabric and batting, then outlining designs, we could imitate trapunto. Cindy tried some thread-painting, using some decorative thread and sewing back and forth within an area to lay in color much as one would with a paintbrush.
The techniques we learned could be used in a variety of ways, from quilting to garment embellishment to home-dec. Some of the methods also have a steep learning curve. But it was interesting to try out something we might not otherwise explore on our own.
|Cindy tries some thread painting. She used garden gloves for better grip on the fabric.|
And we had some Show-and-Tell.
|Peggy's Christmas ornaments|
|Tree made at the Sew-In|
|Peggy's blouse - great motif placement!|
|Maura's yoga pants|
|Peggy's cutlery holders|