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New Projects Quilting Textiles Stitch and Mark Making

New Projects Quilting Textiles is a showcase for what I have been doing last week and in the weeks to come. This new work will take time to come to fruition but it is always good to start something new. Of course, it is a continuation of all that has gone before, but heading in a new direction. That’s what makes it so exciting.

QUILTING

I’ll begin with the quilting, because I hinted at this last week. Having launched the Quilted Jackets ecourse, I am continuing the Making Clothes Series with Quilted Coats. I made a start on the first project by making hexagons. I managed to make 21 in one week. At that speed, I shall finish the whole hand stitched and quilted coat in around two to three months. The jury is still out on the exact style and length since I am concentrating on getting the hexagons made. Each one is sewn by hand. I am really enjoying my ‘quiet time’ every evening stitching the patchwork and watching it grow before my eyes. Of course, this type of patchwork is perfect for taking outdoors or on a journey as it is totally portable. I am thrilled with the Voysey fabrics and keep pondering on lining fabric for this coat. All the instructions will be in the ecourse.

new projects quilting textiles
new project quilted coat
new ecourse Making Quilted Jackets
the new ecourse cover with FIVE jackets

TEXTILES

Unlike the quilting project, this textile project came out of the blue. It is based on an existing Mark Making ecourse I wrote last year, but this one just concentrates entirely on different ways of Mark Making on the computer. Digital Mark Making explores using the computer for stitched textiles in twelve lessons. This is an underused aspect of digital design. The exercises and samples of work will make you use that software! Apps are useful too. I am really enjoying writing this ecourse.

new projects quilting textiles
digital mark making
new projects quilting textiles
digital mark making for stitch

So you can see that my new Projects Quilting Textiles are keeping me very busy and keeping me on my toes.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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New eCourse Beginners Quilted jackets

New eCourse Beginners Quilted Jackets. Another new launch. This ecourse is aimed at beginners. It will teach you all you need to know about making quilted jackets either by hand or machine. It is illustrated throughout with colour photographs. Learn from home with tutor input if needed.

ecourse beginners quilted jackets
new ecourse

I started my first hand stitched sleeveless jacket in 2018. The final jacket for this ecourse was finished yesterday. I love to handstitch in the evenings, it is so relaxing and passes the time. There is nothing more pleasant than your own handmade clothes.

ecourse beginners quilted jackets
my first hand quilted jacket

What’s Included

This new eCourse Beginners Quilted Jackets includes:

Making your own pattern

Taking Measurements

Getting the Right Fit

Five designs

Quilting Ideas

Finishing

Tips and Techniques

ecourse beginners quilted jackets
ecourse beginners quilted jackets

The ecourse includes two sleeveless jackets, one hand stitched and one machine stitched. A hand stitched jacket and a machine stitched longline sleeveless jacket. A machine stitched indigo jacket. Suggestions for adjusting and altering are given too. So there is lots of scope for making your own clothes. All styles could be hand stitched or machine stitched.

a patchwork quilted jacket
a patchwork quilted jacket

What’s Next?

I am already working on writing the next ecourse, which is another in the Making Clothes series. I am planning a series of coats. This series will also include recycling old coats or fabrics to make something new. I have planned at least four styles.

quilted coat design EPP
quilted coat design EPP

The first coat design is an EPP hexagon coat with the fabulous Moda Voysey fabric. This is growing quite quickly even though it is all hand stitched. I have had the fabric for some time now and it is a pleasure to be sewing it up into something so useful.

Moda Voysey fabric
Moda Voysey fabric

This is a more adventurous ecourse than the first, including more techniques and design work.

Find all the ecourses, including this new one on the website.

The direct link to this ecourse

That’s all for this week, see you next Monday

Words, work and images, copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Quilting Is A Joy Sewing During Lockdown

Quilting is a joy during lockdown. Not only does it occupy the hands, it occupies the mind too. Quilting is such a joy at any time, but I am grateful for creativity during lockdown. Whether hand or machine sewing, it is a saviour.

It has been a varied week as I have flitted between creations like a magpie. I think I am always looking for a bit of glitter. Something that shines in life. The silver lining of the clouds.

Month Three

March the month of mad hares and perhaps mad hatters. Looking back on the achievements of this year so far, they are plenty. It has been mainly writing and hand quilting yet this past week, the sewing machine was in a whirr of activity.

Much more is planned and in the pipeline.

As One Project Ends Another Begins

The second quilted jacket was finished. Although a little smaller than I thought, I am pleased. There is always a thrill when a project is completed. Beads might look good in the centre of the Cathedral Windows, but thread would have to be chosen wisely to match.

Quilting is a joy
My second patchwork quilted jacket

The four wall landscape quilts made in 2017 have been unpicked and a new quilted coat is planned. Lining fabric will be needed.

quilting is a joy
fabrics for the quilted coat

The other project on the go is the indigo quilted jacket. The sleeves are coming together now. With the beautiful lining that was chosen, this would make a fantastic reversible quilted jacket.

Apart from quilted clothes, quilting on my oldest UFO is ready to go. Having made errors with stitch in the ditch on my first ever double sized quilt, it has languished for many years but is now all unpicked and now ready for take off.

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My oldest UFO and first bed sized quilt in 2017

Writing

When not quilting, writing occupies my time with a new gardening book. All will be revealed shortly.

There is always a new ecourse on the go too, usually quilting. More about that next time. Like I said quilting is such a joy. Catch up with the quilting blog every Monday for quilting ideas, ecourses and information on the website

Apparently the Festival of Quilts is hoping to go ahead in July. I shall not be attending this year owing to Covid, I think it is too soon.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021.

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Designing Textiles From Scratch Textile Designer

Designing textiles from scratch is not always as easy as you might think. Not only do you need a great idea, you need to be able to follow it through to a finished object or even a series.

You need to know how to transfer your ideas from your head or from sketches on paper to something concrete and practical or decorative.

There are many techniques, many fabrics that you can use, so sometimes it is hard to make a start. Often we start and get stuck.

My design ecourses can help you negotiate your way through design, this one is on textiles

Moving Through Mud

Designing textiles from scratch is sometimes like moving through mud. You can get bogged down with indecision, stuck with an idea that will not flow or find it impossible to bring things to fruition.

However if you are like me, I only get stuck when I am faced with a decision on how to proceed, usually based on a lack of technique. So it was with my current jacket project. I had started fine and sat and stitched each evening until I had made 80 hand stitched diamonds. Joined them together in rows.

Then came the crunch: What comes next?

Decisions, decisions

I am not bad at decisions, I usually sort things fairly quickly. However, for every designer there comes a time when they get truly stuck. Was this the right decision? Would that have been better? Will this work? Is my technique bad?

I made a decision to use a type of folded patchwork around the edge, I have not got there yet, and might never. First I started on a central panel for the back to liven things up a bit.

I cut enough pieces for five different patchwork shapes. Then I lost a piece, stitched a piece a bit off centre and lost interest. All along there was a nagging doubt. Was it what I wanted?

Having finished another project, I returned to this design problem yesterday. I laid out the pieces and thought does it look right? Part of me said yes, part said no. No decision there. Then I thought once more, what else can I do? I could stitch some more diamonds but that was not what I wanted. I stared at it for a few minutes and decided it was worth finishing.

Designing textiles from scratch
Designing Textiles from scratch

The pieces are all just about stitched in place now. Of course I need odd shapes to attach in between them at the sides. I draw my own templates. Then I still have to make a decision on what goes around the edge, not to mention quilting it.

It might take a while yet, but I am on the move. Meantime I cut the fabric for jacket number three.

African fabrics
Designing textiles from scratch

Knitting

Designing textiles from scratch
Designing textiles from scratch

I also finished a sleeveless top. I was hoping to have the pattern uploaded to Ravelry today, but it will still take a day or two. It will be my 10th knitting pattern on there.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021