Italian or Corded Quilting
Sample 1: Creative use of Free Embroidery with Italian Quilting
As suggested, I looked at both Antoni Gaudi (Curves) and Frank Lloyd Wright, (Rectangles) and couldn’t really relate them to sample 1, so went back to the Picture Gallery: Twisted grids, p.36. With Art Nouveau in mind, I found something similar in Dover Art Nouveau designs in color: Mucha, Verneuil & Auriol p.18 shapes by Mucha. I made a fabric by chopping up thread ends and bonding them with Supamend onto white poly-cotton. This was covered with chiffon, and the design raised using wool.
Mucha design worked onto prepared fabric
This worked well, the difference between the padded area shows up easily.
Sample 2: Italian quilting combined with stitch techniques
The design was based on a photo of Merchants’ houses in Ghent (p.17), besides the verticals and horizontals, there is a poster on the side of the building with a paisley-like shape on it. The straight lines were executed using twin needles: two sizes 2.5 and 6mm on transfer dyed poly-cotton. On top of this were worked three different sized paisley shapes with free machine outlines for the corded quilting, and machine patterns added. Stitching against the twin needle direction was not easy.
Twin needle stitching
I think it is an interesting idea, but difficult to carry out satisfactorily.
Sample 3: Italian quilting focusing on line and colour
This design was based on part of the plan of Hampton Court Maze (p.10). Dyed poly-cotton, with chiffon on top and calico underneath. The calico made it hard to get the coloured soft cotton threads into the right places: it would have been better to add the calico after doing the quilting.
Half the maze plan showing coloured lines
Design worked on fabrics.
Trapunto or Padded Quilting
Sample 1: using pattern
I began by looking at the Chrysler Building (p.33), but didn’t think it would work, but that the ‘cogs’ on the ratchet of the Lock paddle (p.32) would. This was worked on a printed poly-cotton fabric, using a metallic thread.
Free machine Granite stitch
The metallic thread worked well, but I think a less complicated patterned fabric would have been better.
Sample 2: Where the depth of padding varies
The design is based on the ‘Snail staircase’ (p.4)
Manipulation of the image
Shaded according to depth of padding.
Very little padding, free machining on procion-dyed calico
I was happy with this sample, it produced exactly the result I wanted.
Sample 3: Tonal value demonstrated through the padded areas
Tarr Steps (p.16)
Shapes within shading
Finished sample using multi-coloured, light and dark jade wool fibres under chiffon.
Close-up showing curly Wensleydale fleece at the bottom
This was not as satisfactory as I had hoped: the chiffon was too opaque to show off the colours and textures of the wool topps properly. Unfortunately, it was the only white one I had.