Been dotting about and fairly busy, so the only sewing I have done this week is a distraction…is it possible to have pre-emptive brinkmanship? Talk about organised, actually made these for an exhibition I am part of over Remembrance weekend in November. We are at the Chapel in York Cemetery (beautiful Classical style building and not at all creepy) on Remembrance Sunday – which going to the hundred years since the end of the First World War.
There are 9 of us exhibiting as a textile group so it seemed appropriate to make a hundred poppies between us and hopefully sell them with the funds going to the British Legion.
These were fairly simple to make, technically a bit twitchy, but pretty effective.
The idea was to make simplified, wearable fabric variations based on the iconic British Legion poppies. The fabric is a quite light weight fulled wool, which gives it a kind of felted , matted surface so it shouldn’t fray(!) The stitching is intended to give shape and modelling rather than aiming for decorative thread surfaces.
The problem with free machining is that it causes distortion as the stitches pull the fabric. This is what I am using to give the 3D shape to the flowers. I did try with different threads but settled on a very thick top thread and a standard dressmaking thread underneath. The imbalance gave the most exaggerated distortions
but it took a bit of fiddling to get the tensions right. The spiral pattern made cones, the petals created lumps and bumps and it all worked best on a solid piece of fabric not individual petals. I did try, but kept falling off the edge as the fabric constricted so spent forever digging bits and tangles out of the needle race. (Pah)
The finished ones have silk velvet centres and brooch backs. They are simple, direct and hopefully effective enough to be attractive, and to take their place in the group piece.
The new season of workshops is out now – check the Want to Try tab for more details. There are fewer, different timings and prices, but still in York , small, informal and friendly.