Monday, November 14, 2011

Module Five – Chapter SIX – GATHERS

 

 

 SHEET ONE

UNDICI

 SAMPLES bis

1 Gathered by hand, then set by stitching

2 Machine gathered using a gathering foot

3 Machine gathered, gathering held by zigzag

4 Single-thread machine gathering

5 Wavy hand gathering set by irregular machine-stitching

6 Vertical and horizontal hand gathering

7 Dense machine gathering

8 Two row machine gathering

9 Hand gathering, gathers held by stitching

 

SHEET TWO

DODICI tris

samples TRIS

1 Machine gathering over a length of string

2, 3 Weave threads pulled, gathers held by hand stitching

4 Gathering by binding small wooden beads into the fabric

5 Weave threads pulled, then gentle gathering

 

 

I do not have a gathering machine, at least so far, and there is nobody around from whom could borrow it, so I could not try this fascinating method. I remember those beautiful samples made on Alison’s pleater at last year Summer School …Perhaps one day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Module Five – Chapter SIX – TUCKS AND PLEATS

 

For working through this Chapter I used a combination of fabrics, mainly cotton muslim, habotai silk, cheesecloth and other open weaves, some natural and some man-made.

This is a fantastic subject to explore and I feel I just touched the tip of the iceberg, as usual ….

UNO bis

samples

1 Pin tucks

2 Spaced tucks

3 Blind tucks

4 Vertical pin tucks plus horizontal irregular ones

5 Topstitched spaced tucks

6 Box pleats stabilized with running stitch and interlaced

 

DUE bis SEVEN, EIGHT

7 Tucks stuffed with plastic straws

8 A doubled and centred tuck with secondary tuck stuffed and decorated

 

TRE

NINE, TEN (top) – ELEVEN, TWELVE (bottom)

9 Rows of contoured tucks, edges of tucks decorated with zigzag stitch

10 Irregular vertical tucks

11 Irregularly slanted tucks in two directions

12 Pin tucks alternating with rows of shell tucks

 

QUATTRO

THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN

13 Pleats with undulating and frayed edges

14 Dart tucks

 

CINQUE

FIFTEEN, SIXTEEN

15 Tucks with contoured fringes set by double rows of zigzag stitch

16 Snipped tucks

 

SEI

SEVENTEEN, EIGHTEEN

17 Irregular tucks, snipped

18 Partially seamed tucks crossing horizontally and vertically

 

SETTE

NINETEEN, TWENTY

19 Simply tied tucks

20 Partially seamed tucks, then joined by stitching

 

OTTO bis

TWENTY-ONE, TWENTY-TWO, TWENTY-THREE

21 Horizontal pin tucks, vertical slanted tucks

22 Network of intersecting pin tucks stitched with twin needles combined with dart tucks

23 Regular tucks criss-crossing on a twin-needled treated fabric

 

NOVE

TWENTY-FOUR, TWENTY-FIVE, TWENTY-SIX

24 First layer of slanted tucks, second layer of regular tucks

25 Parallel rows of tucks joined so to form diamond shapes

26 Dart tucks criss-crossing each other then snipped

 

DIECI

TWENTY-SEVEN, TWENTY-EIGHT

27 Random loose tucks fixed by stitching

28 Two fabrics covered with tucks, then cut into strips and joined together