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  • Writer's pictureSue Bateman Textiles

My First Blog

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

Heat distorted polyester green leaf. Free machined veins with zig-zag outline.

Have finally got around to starting my blog! Very excited, although with some trepidation!

As I am drawn to pattern and texture it made sense to use inspiration from my surrounding beautiful Cotswold countryside as a starting point for a new project. This resource is on my doorstep and I already have a workshop brimming with fabrics and trims just waiting to be used. I am going to allow myself the time to play with different materials and techniques to begin with - a luxury I haven't enjoyed for many years due to working full-time as a textiles teacher

I already had some hand-dyed green polyester fabric which had been heat-distorted with a hair dryer. Ideal for a leaf texture but needed to be stabilised on the back for support. The fabric was folded over to make a double thickness.

Leaf shapes were traced onto t-bag tissue paper from sketchbook drawings. These were pinned onto the fabric as a guide for free-machining.

The paper was removed but it was difficult to get all of it off in some places. My Husqvana Rose proved to be the best machine for this, with the tension slightly tightened for the satin stitch outline. The leaf was then carefully cut out.

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