The theme of the challenge immediately took me back in time growing up with my friend, Trish Rush (nee Corbett) in Knysna. We became friends at the tender age of 4 and we still share a strong bond 53 years later. Initially we battled with conversation as we spoke different languages at home - she spoke English and I Afrikaans, but somehow we intuitively understood one another while playing..... Because of Tishie, I was exposed to English books from a very young age as her mom took us to the library on Saturday mornings. The English kids had a much bigger and better selection of books to choose from than us who read in Afrikaans. I always paged through her books looking at all the lovely pictures and I just loved the Noddy books by Enid Blyton! The Noddy books were the first English books which I learnt to read, before we started reading English at school. So, I thought that using Noddy as theme for my challenge entry would be very apt and be a reminder of a wonderful childhood and very special friend.....
|Childhood Pallies - Trish Rush and me in Port Elizabeth in 2007|
I used this little book to sketch a design to make a small quilt, basically all machine appliqued and quilted. I had great fun making a small floor rug as well as a quilt for the little bed. For Noddy's unkept hair, I used the needlelace technique to make a wig which worked very well. I used fabric paint to add some depth and shading.
|Good Morning Sunshine 2000 - 2nd Prize A Childs' Book of Wonder |
Joint Challenge Dias Quilters's Guild and Port Elizabeth Embroiderers Guild
|Label for Good Morning Sunshine - 2000|
My friend Wendy Singer and I decided to spend a day sewing waistcoats in 2000 for special creative time together as they were leaving South Africa to live in the UK. At the time I was toying with the idea of using scraps to make new fabric and our sewing session would be the ideal day for the experiment! The idea was choosing a shape and cutting free hand - no precision cutting! I chose a triangle as motif and cut lots of fairly small, irregular shaped triangles and randomly pinned it to the background fabric (one piece of the waistcoat front), the triangles overlapping one another with little bits of the background exposed. I did not want to use applique paper to fuse the triangles down as it would give a very flat effect, my idea was to create a bit of texture. I was careful to distribute the colour evenly accross the piece. I cut the waistcoat front pieces bigger as I was afraid that all the stitching would shrink the pieces, which proved to be a wise decision. I started off with ordinary sewing thread in a matching colour to the background fabric to secure the triangles to the background mainly to get rid of the pins and finished with various shades of rayon and metallic threads. I stitched in a triangular motion to complement the shape of the triangles. It really was mindless stitching, but most interesting as the triangles started to float on the background. I finished it off by couching thick cotton and perle yarns also in a triangular motion which added to the texture.
I finished the waiscoat off by fusing facings onto the right side and couching some of the same cotton and perle yarns onto the raw edge. I covered the facing space with free motion stitching, repeating the triangle theme using the same rayon and metallic threads used before.
It created wonderful texture and opened many other possibilities for using tiny scraps.
|Waistcoat made from scraps - triangles pinned to background 2000|
|Waistcoat made from scraps - pieces fused to background 2001|