Sunday, September 13, 2015

Chapter 10: 'Piecing' - A Method of Cutting and Seaming

The following exercise was created in paper first, and then fabric, using the Seminole patchwork method as the design source.


I began by cutting and glueing down a strip of black and another of white paper, approximately 6" x 30", which was cut into sections. These sections were then rearranged into the following arrangement and glued down to form a new 'block':

This block was then cut again and rearranged to create a different arrangement:

I continued cutting and piecing to make the following pattern: [Since I don't own a photocopier, nor do I have access to one, I created a few long strips of black and white and used these to cut for the new 'blocks'.]

I continued playing for a while with cutting and pasting to generate the following designs:


In the following sample I repeated the approach used in the paper samples by cutting 2 pieces of plain fabric - 1 black, 1 white, each about 6" x 30" to allow for all the seam allowances. The initial long strips were seamed togetehr on the long side. This was then divided into 3 section using the Fibonnacci sequences as the measurement - 1:2:3, which worked out at 5" - 10" - 15". At this point only the smallest 5" section was cut off and set aside until later.
Returning to the long piece I made 3 diagonal parallel cuts and rearranged them and then stitched them back together. Then I re-cut in a different direction and stitched together again. This piece was then cut into the Fibonnacci sequence proportion of 2:3, setting the smaller piece aside until later.
The final section was cut, stitched, re-cut, stitched again until I found it difficult to get sections under the sewing machine. Finally I joined this much cut and machine piece to the other 2 sections previously set aside. To finish it off I 'worried' the seams until they were well frayed and hence more interesting. In the photos below I show both sides of the piece.

All in all an enjoyable chapter to work through. My initial attempts to create the fabric based design went a bit haywire on my first attempt when I began by cutting the first long strip folded over so that when I machined them together I ended up with a rather interesting 3 dimensional piece which looked like a pixie's hat! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chapter 9: The Fibonnacci Sequence and Golden Section

Design Exercises Based on the Fibonnacci Sequence using patterned paper

(1) Patterned papers graded into a tonal column based on the Fibonnacci series of proportions:

(2) Above design cut at right angles and arranged in alternate way based on the Fibonnacci sequence.

(3) Above design divided at right angles and cut into Fibonnacci strips placed with a gap between each strip and glued down.

(4) Fibonnacci strips arranged on plain black background leaving gaps of the Fibonnacci series of proportions:

(5) Flipped alternate strips to make the following design [this was my favourite design!]:

(7) Another Fibonnacci block prepared for the next set of blocks [2 copies created]:

(8) Strips from above arrangement cut into strips and arranged in a  square design, leaving a small gap between central strips:

(9) Srtips from #7 above arranged into a log cabin patchwork block.

(10) Strips cut diagonally and arranged into an alternating pattern becoming narrower as it progressed:

(11) As above but from a different angle:

The Golden Section

(12) Sketch of the Golden Section. I enjoyed creating this as it helped me understand the theory!

(13) Golden Section created using tonal patterned papers:

(14) A small variation on the Golden Section which emphasizes the diagonal line in each square, illustrating the spiral effect more clearly: