In short, I randomly cut triangles in different sizes and shapes, pinned it to a base fabric and stitched the triangles down using a triangular motion in various threads, ranging from ordinary sewing thread to glitzy metallics. In the process, I made new fabric which offered various possibilities..... I taught this workshop at a Fynbos event in Riebeek Kasteel and one of my students worked with circles on black, absolutely stunning.
As I love to sew my own clothes, I decided to make an outfit for the wedding of the daughter of dear friends... The project was actually very ambitious and I had to add the outfit to my UFO heap as time ran out .... Soon it was time for another wedding and I had this outfit which was halfway.... So, I continued my endless stitching and finished it in time.....
The outfit was a plain shift dress and a funky jacket in jewel colours. I used the same concept which I initially used of stitching randomly cut triangles to a base fabric for the waistcoat in 2000, but this time I used wash-away Avalon and Avalon Plus instead of a base fabric... My idea was to create a lacy effect fabric which I then used to cut the different sections of the jacket.... I had no idea whether it would work and battled with these huge pieces of Avalon (washaway plastic) which stuck to the machine bed all the time while navigating lots of pins keeping the triangles (cut of cotton, linen, velvet, upholstery, tulle, lace, taffeta, satin, silk, chiffon etc) in place drawing blood from my arms etc... Lots of baby powder helped to keep it smooth while stitching. I stitched and stitched and stitched...... I had to add enough stitching between the triangles to keep it secure so that it would not disintegrate when washing the Avalon away or be too fragile for a garment... I used the same thread on the bobbin throughout as it would be an integral part of the inside of the fabric. I changed the top thread regularly using all the different colours in the triangular scraps, starting with ordinary sewing thread and finishing with glitzy metallic threads. I was very anxious when it was time to wash the Avalon away and I was enthralled with the first piece, it was even better than I envisioned. It was a major task to wash all the the Avalon out - failing to do so leaves a sticky, tough residue on the article. The new fabric was lovely and soft, full of texture.
|Embellished Edge of Jacket|
The only thing which I bought to make this jacket was the Avalon! I created a very special jacket using scraps and my thread stash. And the beauty is that nobody else has a little number like mine...!
|My husband Willem and me wearing my funky threads!|