May 19, 2010

Fabric Weaving: Cloth to Cloth

I'm taking part in an online workshop Cloth to Cloth by Jude Hill. The workshop began on May the 15th. The class started of with an introduction lesson and video. It was very informative, flexible and fun. Everyone else is well on their way to create unique piece of art quilts. I'm slow on the uptake due to time constraints, but finally last night I started mine. I was in Japan in March and April this year and we had a great time. I brought back some Japanese fabric including vintage Kimono pieces. I decide to use them for this project.

Picture # 1 - This first piece above is made of pieces roughly cut or torn into 1" wide strips. The pieces of fabric consist of cotton, silk, wool and cotton mixed. The weaving method is coming together very quickly. I used red for the background and decided to leave spaces between the pieces to show the underneath. I can't wait for the next step of stitching. You can see the loose threads everywhere. Jude said that we can cut them off as we stitch so I took her word for it.

Picture #2 - So far I only pin basted the weaving onto the background fabric. Later I will baste it to the background fabric and remove the pins. It's then ready to be stitched. I'm in no hurry to work on it yet. I would like to wait and see what will come next in the lesson. The lesson goes for 4 weeks and Jude told us that apart from stitching she will show us how to embellish the surface of the cloth later. 

Picture #3 - Weaving is not new to me. I'm also a basket weaver and I thought I will add some creative weaving into the blocks. In picture #2 I split the strips on the top corner into half and wove smaller strips to gives it a different look. In picture #3 I wove a separate section and attached the section onto the main block. I can see that this technique has endless possibilities. Watch this space for the next step - stitching!

21 comments:

paulette said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous and so different!! Can't wait to see this finished!! good for you!
Paulette

ria vogelzang said...

You are an artist at heart! I knew it....! :))
It looks so gorgious! I would love to hear more about it!
Big hug from the other side of this globe...... XXX!

Pat aka Posh said...

That is so cool.. I tried it once and had a ball but after I was done with the woven fabric I didn't know what to use it for.. now I'm thinking it would be nice to use for a yoke on a shirt or jacket. what are your plans?

Lis said...

Hi Nat, I think you are incredibly creative or brave or both to use your lovely Japanese fabrics for a project that begins with "roughly cut or torn"! I'm liking the look of it though and will be very interested to see it progress, Lis x

Nedra said...

I love the variety in the weaving, especially using those beautiful Japanese fabrics.
This group is really bringing out your artistic talents. I'm looking forward to seeing what is next!

Fabric Art said...

Your woven pieces are wonderful, love the fabrics you use, very colorful, it's so exciting with this workshop.
Anni

Terry said...

I can see the weaver in you creaping through soft warm colors in the second sample. Yumm.
Enjoy the journey as I know you will.
Happy Creating

Kaite said...

endless possibilities Nat, and your work is just beautiful...k.

Astrid said...

After seeing these photos of what you are working on, I'm not surprised you are a basket weaver too; bring your experience into wonderful fabrics to be woven. It looks great Nat! How do you do it exactly? You cut or tore the strips and then weave them together without sewing them together, just pin on background fabric? Sewing them together is the next step? Very interesting! Do you know any books related to this?

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat...just beautiful...You are one clever chick...Dzintra♥x

Anonymous said...

Hi Natima,
Sounds like you are enjoying the class.
I have been waiting to see what you have made from the cloth to cloth class.
All the pictures look fabulous, I can't wait to see it next time we get together.

Bobbie Ashley said...

Nat, love the colors! Can't wait to see your stitching. It will add such a wonderful layer onto your weaving. I have woven baskets in the past too. It has spoiled me forever, now I can never find a basket that I like. I am always looking at the spacing and how the handle was made...etc. and am always disappointed in the quality. Did this happen to you?
Red accents would be perfect for the Japanese fabrics...listen to me...I might have to sign up for a future class. Nat, you enabler you..
Hugs,
Blissfully Stitching,
Bobbie Ashley

Janet said...

I love it, what a fabulous class and I can't wait to see the stitching part. I love that you changed the sizes of the strips.

Sue-Anne said...

Looks fantastic nat. I will be very interested to see the end result.

jude said...

glad you are enjoying the workshop. your interpretations are wonderful...

ivoryspring said...

This looks interesting! I am not quite sure how you sew the woven strips together... I couldn't quite tell from the pictures. But I am sure it will be BEAUTIFUL!!!

You are an inspiration to so many, Natima.

Suedio said...

Wow - love it! I particularly like the variation in thicknesses of the strips . . . mind you, the black with the red peeking through is quite eye-catching, too . . .

Well, done.

Regards, Sue

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Oh rats! Now I'm sorry I didn't sign up for the class. (I don't have enough time!)
I'm lovin' your fabric and your creative process! I look forward to see how this develops.

Jacky said...

I love how all of these woven pieces are coming together...it looks very soft. I look forward to seeing your stitching.

Jacky xox

Heather said...

Wow, these are lovely! I especially like the first one with the little bits of red showing through. I look forward to seeing how they evolve!

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