City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Patchwork and Appliqué Study Day

No snow, no floods and no high winds!  At last we were able to meet up for a City and Guilds study day! Sadly too few Daffodils out yet considered it was St David’s day.

It was a jam-packed day!  Busy tables!

Jam jar dyeing is just about the most fun you can have without finding out that Elvis is still alive.  It has a mad-scientist’s laboratory look about it initially.

The results however, are pure delight.

However, the fun did not stop there.  While our fabric was curing in the jar, students had a go at mono-printing – comparing a Gelli-plate with a glass plate on both paper – using acrylic paint – and fabric – using fabric medium and concentrated print colours.  After a lot of play, it was agreed that whilst both methods had their own characteristics and each would suit different intentions, the Gelli-plate had the definite edge as regards pleasure of use, not least because of the delicious thwuck noise and feel it has when prints are pulled.

We rounded off the day with some curved piecing using a technique which always feels slightly magical and a bit edgy.   After learning how to quickly and easily draft a quarter-circle block, students learnt a reliable piecing method.  Without pinning or marking, the fabric is stitched using a quarter-inch foot as a wall against which the fabric is aligned.  Once you have given yourself time to master it, the method works every time – as you reach the end of the seam you find that –  Yay! – the fabric lines up!!.  The students quickly got the knack! And it works for wiggly seams too.  More of the secret is only shared with City and Guilders so if I told you more I would have to wrap you in batting to silence you!

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