They brought with them samples of old paper pieced fabrics to share and examine, showing that templates of paper were used, and fabric folded over to the back in hexagonal shapes, then the edges stitched and joined.
I turned over the bottom right one to show the back, which was not necessarily very orderly! but the front is pristine.
modern paper pieced works of all sizes
and using the sample fabric selections they brought, taught the embroiderers the art of manipulating fabric into hexagons, stitched together to create interesting color and print contrasts into honeycomb shapes.
Carol P also brought in a quilt she made in the 70s, using similar techniques
and this is work in progress today, different artform. a needlepoint belt of her own design
and Karen showed us her newly completed motif in the pieced paper form
In the nineteenth century, a new fabric was brought to market, a cheater, which appeared to be pieced, but was in fact printed. Jinny brought in a modern version of this type of fabric for our interest
This was an excursion into a different world of textile arts, linking us back to the past, probably early eighteenth century, up to the present adaptation of the form.
The March meeting will present Ginny with sashiko stitching, the program held over from the planned January meeting. From England to Japan, stitchers without borders!