‘Tra-what?’ I hear you say! All will become clear, I promise.
Friday is one of my favourite classes, Adventures in Decorative Techniques. It is only six weeks long, but each week we will be learning a number of different techniques that can then be used on garments.
Last week we learnt trapunto! (I think it benefits from the exclamation mark, don’t you?)
We started by creating a mood board of images that we liked. Here are a few similar to the ones on my mood board.
From the mood board we then designed a simple line pattern to create using trapunto(!).
Trapunto(I’ll stop now) is a technique that uses three layers of fabric – a top layer (in this case we used red silk), a middle layer of stuffing or wadding, and a bottom layer which acts as a backing – you don’t see this.
Having drawn your design on to tracing paper, you pin or place this paper on to the top of your layers of fabric.
Using a sewing machine, you then sew over the pattern on the tracing paper which transfers it on to the fabric. Finally you tear off the layer of tracing paper.
The layer of wadding means that the pattern is created in relief.