- The history of "crazy rag"
- Materials and Equipment
- Secrets of cutting tissue
Crazy quilt - a rather strange name for a patchwork technique. After all, which means "crazy"? Crazy, crazy, crazy. However, this technique is all in the mind, but without precise observance of the rules, proportions and geometry (unlike the traditional patchwork). By the way, the technique of "Crazy" - patchwork in which not only involves the free form, it is also abundantly present additional decorative accessories. What kind of technology, as it appeared, and what her crazy? We'll know more in detail.
The history of "crazy rag"
Quilting has appeared as such in England, where the first successfully migrated to the New World, and gradually won fans around the world. It is believed that Crazy quilt arose simultaneously with the traditional, although the problem had been completely different. The usual patchwork way was economical use of expensive fabrics, that is, the ability to create very practical and useful products from its remains. Crazy quilt was used for beauty. Maybe that's why he got his ambiguous name - crazy thought of those vain expended expensive textiles, without removing any benefit from this. But this is only a guess.
Go ahead - namely, from west to east. It is isolated from the European tradition of quilting flourished in Japan. There, as you know, silk was also in the price, and made from a kimono cost incredibly expensive, carefully preserved and handed down. Japanese patchwork was both symbolic and utilitarian purpose. For example, apparel, donated to the landmark anniversary (77 or 88 years), sewed the same number of patches.
In short, the current patchwork technique crazy united western and eastern tradition and become a special kind of arts and crafts in the popular and fashionable crafts. Today masters use this technique for the manufacture of exclusive clothing and accessories, interior textiles, and I must say, this is quite succeed.
Materials and Equipment
What is "crazy" patchwork different from the usual? Generally, a product made in the traditional technique, considered to be almost ready, as soon as shreds are formed in the pattern and sewed. Crazy patchwork - sewing special. Here stitched scraps do not mean the end of work. On the contrary, the main stage of creativity is just beginning. And this different way of patchwork is not only an additional set of materials, but also the equipment.
For example, in contrast to the traditional technique of crazy patchwork in the main joints are masked by decorative (embroidered): goats, chain, or crow's feet. In addition, the decorative seams necessarily combined with lace, which is considered an integral part of crazy patchwork and with ribbons, lace, filigree hand-knits, appliqués and decorative accessories: beads, beads, buttons. And products used for decoration embroidered ribbons, and this is a combination of two different types of needlework, as well, and disguise welds.
The result is a patchwork fabric not only bright and colorful, but also remarkably graceful, sometimes voluminous, very beautiful and, more importantly, unique. This is the "madness" - in derogation from the rules, rampant imagination in unexpected results.
But, interestingly, the exclusive masterpiece is obtained from the very prosaic materials and by conventional tailoring tools:
- pieces of cloth of different sizes, colors and textures;
- scissors and thread;
- needles and pins;
- iron and a sewing machine;
- yarn and ribbon embroidery;
- decorative accessories.
Most often, crazy-quilt fabric is going through - a single piece of cloth of a certain size, which sewed the different patches. In this case, a multilayer web and voluminous. But often experienced masters and the very foundation of cuts out and collected from some large items. A very experienced loskutnitsy able to collect and sew all the patchwork fabric of small patches of irregular shape. How did they succeed?
Secrets of cutting tissue
If you are just beginning to master Crazy quilt, it is desirable to work with the foundation, with patches of geometric shapes (triangles, diamonds, squares) and with the tissues of the same density. In this case, it puts into the center of the most "wrong" flap, secured with pins and sew around the edges. Next shred applied to the first and also sewn (the excess is trimmed with scissors). And so everything is going patchwork fabric, which is then decorated.
If you dare to "encroach" on the technique used by experienced skilled workers, the need to cut out the fabric in a special way. First, you must choose a contrasting fabric and match solid color patterned material. Then you need to cut out colored squares and put them on the two cut face up: on the face of the bottom underside of the top of the workpiece lies workpiece. And then you draw the cut on the top two longitudinal waves (from the top to the bottom), which divide the blank into three arbitrary figure. Then you do this contour line, stitching the two blanks (one is on the other).
Then, from the top of the blank cut out the middle piece, departing from the joint a couple of millimeters. Flips stitched lengths of cloth and the second workpiece cut two extreme figures, also departing from the seams of two millimeters. As a result, you get a single-layer sheet of the two fabrics and three flap with jagged edges. The same is done in the case of the other two blanks fabrics by stitching another quilt fabric, consisting of three figures. Dekoriruete seams taped.
The next step impose one of the remaining patches sewn on canvas (and the workpiece, and a flap - face up, straight edges are aligned) and sew it on the uneven edge. Flips inside out and prune the excess fabric, which is already in place, "rose" stitched flap. And also come with a second cloth. Alternately When sewing so different pieces of cloth, you get a single-layer sheet-Crazy consisting of patches of arbitrary shape. And then dekoriruete to your liking.
A ready-made fabric can be used as building blocks for sewing pillows or large patchwork blankets (but the edges of modular blades have in this case the trim). Or you make of his Crazy-pattern pieces for bags, for cosmetics, for the cover of a book or even clothes. That's what you want and what you want. Just do not forget about accuracy, about the need to otutyuzhivat seams and a sense of proportion, which is necessary even in a crazy patchwork. Creative you success and good mood!