I can't begin to describe just how much I have enjoyed creating this first map in the Textithe project and while we are on the subject here's my method.
Then I had to think about a means and with apologies to those who Don't Need to Know This, please just scroll on throug
I sat down with a huge pile of fabrics in earth, field and land colours and designs, including quite a few that I had unwittingly collected pending a project like this whilst not knowing what it might be.
This is what a stash is all about.
On the point of tracing, cutting, laying and tacking this jigsaw into place before fixing it to the background with the bias strips I suddenly opted for double-sided, fusible interfacing on the reverse of my fabric pieces. This meant I could then fix each one down more firmly.
This is something else that happens... a change of plan.
Next the bias strip that I planned to use for the hedgerows.
I make my own using a bias strip maker. These come in all sizes and having cut strips of fabric on the bias they then feed through under the iron and hey presto miles of lovely flexible bias that curves like a dream and with neatly folded edges.
Except in the olden days it would all unfold itself again and need hundreds of pins to hold it in place while I stitched.
Bring on the fusible bias tape, and if using 6mm width then I now discover the patience of a saint is required. The packet really should carry a health warning....
'Hold on tight because when you eventually fight your way into this sealed and lethally sharp plastic packaging the whole lot is going to fly out at once'.
It's a paper tape that has a gossamer-fine, almost invisible fusible backing. Iron onto the reverse of the bias, peel off the paper and then you can iron the bias onto something else. Magic until the whole reel unravels...
But I think you can get the gist...
Honestly, someone's invented something for everything these days, I'm doing a lot of catching up on the latest.
I spent a happy afternoon or two listening to the audio book of Kate Atkinson's When Will There Be Good News (splendid) whilst laying down my hedgerows and the lane and the green lane. It now transpires that one of the best tools I ever bought years and years ago and never really used was this...
It's a miniature iron made by Clover and it is now constantly at my right hand. Perfect for pressing tiny pieces. There was a small crisis over a missing orchard, and at one point I had the lower green lane routed through completely the wrong field towards the stream that marks the southern boundary of the parish.
Easily sorted...spot the difference
And also, at the last minute, I decided to add some flowery hedgerows to the lane...
So it's starting to take shape now, I have love discovering all the little orchards (long gone) and I have to say I am currently Very Pleased.
The next big decision is whether to completely hand stitch the bias strips in place with an invisible hemming stitch, or do I go all out and machine embroider along them, given that this piece, with all its fusible interfacing, is now quite stiff and certainly won't hand quilt...what thinkest all of thee.
It's at that point where it could all be spoiled but I'm also quite keen to finish and move onto the next one which I will construct differently and will be able to hand quilt.
And I also want to do a sort of indexed version, no patterned fabric, just hedgerows on a plain background and then write in the field names.
Decisions, decisions but all very exciting.
And in response to comments on the last post, yes, I think this method would translate into all sorts of aerial views. I was thinking about Australia and my loooooong flight across and the colours, what a treat for delving into the stash that would be.
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