Chapter 10: Layering and cut-through



Blue Peter examples of Layering and cut-through

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Hard and soft edges

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Soft edges

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Layering and cut-through (designs based on a photo of Plane tree bark)

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Cut-through (design based on a Victorian Street Map)

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Sample (using whip stitch, contour stitching, satin stitch).

Design for Resolved Sample from Rubbing on page 95.  (The rubbing is very muddled and is not very suitable for this technique, but I found a small area which could be used).




Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Summer Tape knitting yarn


The sample was slightly altered: the shapes are not quite the same in a couple of places, and the contour stitching has been omitted in very small areas.

Some of the layers do not cover the whole ‘square’; this makes the sample less bulky.  The pin-tucking was done separately, and Fraycheck was used on some of the unstitched edges.  Pin-tucks, Free machine Whip stitch and Contour stitching were used to create texture.  The three bottom fabrics are hand-dyed, two transfer paint and silk paint Shibori technique on poly-cotton.  Three plain poly-cotton layers came next and lastly a printed dress cotton.  A machine pattern of ‘Random stitching’ was used to hold it all together (mirroring the whip stitch), the coloured yarn was looped round the edge and couched down using a scallop machine pattern.



Chapter 9: Developing designs for layering and cut through


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Bird and feather shapes

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Separate bird, feather and footprint shapes

Overlapping bird and feather shapes

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I came to the conclusion that I’m not very good at rubbings, and I don’t much like my results.  I am sure that they have a place, and I wouldn’t rule out using them.  I’m also rubbish at picking good colours to show up: I forgot the golden rule from Form I Geography lessons – don’t use yellow on a map, use orange, it shows up better.

Having said that, I did manage to find a section of the rubbing on page 95 to use in Chapter 10.