Fabric Weaving

By Suzanne Kistler:

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a pile of strips somewhere in your stash.  They’re too narrow to sew, but they’re too good to throw away.  Here’s an idea:  fabric weaving.

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I start by selecting strips that play well together, place them on top of a pre-cut piece of batting, and tape the vertical strips along one side, to a piece of corrugated cardboard.  Remember the construction paper weaving we did in first grade?  It’s the same idea, only with fabric.  Weave until the entire batting base is covered.

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Gently remove the tape from the cardboard, and slide the weaving (with batting) under your presser foot.  I use a walking foot, because of that layer of batting.  Stitch in both directions (horizontal and vertical).

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When the weaving is stabilized, turn it over and trim to desired size.  For postcards, I trim to 4×6”.

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This particular card was a bit larger than usual.

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When the top has been trimmed to the desired size, you can either finish it off, or embellish as desired.

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These were fused to a peltex base, a fabric back was added, and I zig-zagged around the edges.  You can limit the color palette…

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or make it as wild as you like.

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But be warned.  I didn’t think I’d be interested in fabric weaving for quilting projects and now I find myself quite enthralled.
Enjoy!

Suzanne Kistler