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Patchwork without a needle

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This workshop will unfix your notions of patchwork. You’ll learn how multiform and infinite the art may be. You’ll feel the boundaries of your imagination expand and then you’ll be able to create your masterpieces on your own!
You will need for work:
Foam board «Hobbius» white art. FBS-70-100-10 10 mm 70 100 cm
pins «Blitz», art. P-040 «Romashka»
Nail scissors «GAMMA», art. G-803
Synthetic brushes «Mr.Painter», art. SRB 201-04 (round)
Cordon «GAMMA», art. GCS-1.4, 1.4 mm, color beige 46
Tailor’s shears «GAMMA», art. G-305
Synthetic balls «GAMMA» 100 g
«GAMMA» «» ornamental braid, art. GBL-15, 13 mm, color 120 d.yellow
PEPPY patchwork fabrics PACKING 5055 cm 100% cotton
Tailor’s chalk with a sharpener «GAMMA», art. TC-030 white
Alcohol-based marker «VISTA-ARTISTA», art. MSW, color 120 (black)
Engraving tool «Hobbius» 
Knife for artwork «Mr.Painter», art. HKN
Tracing paper 30 g/m2 42cm 10m white
PVA glue art. 12-45-22, fabric glue.
1. Prepare a HOBBIUS foam board for your panel base. This light but strong material is perfect for decorative panels. Besides HOBBIUS foam boards are smooth and easy to cut even when used at home. Cut out workpieces 35 cm by 35 cm in size: 1 piece cut out of the foam board, 2 pieces the tracing paper. Draft two copies of a picture on the tracing paper using a VISTA-ARTISTA marker. VISTA-ARTISTA markers are perfect for drafting various designs, while ink dries quickly. All lines have to be finished and closed.
2. Using the MR.PAINTER brush evenly distribute some PVA glue over the foam board surface and glue one of the sketches on carefully.
3. Carve all the fragments through the picture outline using the MR.PAINTER model knife. A sharp steel blade of the MR.PAINTER model knife provides a clean narrow cut. Owing to its ribbed handle the knife is easy to use in decorative work and allows cutting at any angle to a surface. Attention! Do not cut through the foam board. A depth of a cut must be between 5 mm and 7 mm.
4. Cut the second sketch into separate fragments using the GAMMA scissors, whose tips cut through any material easily. One fragment must be single color. Large objects, such as a tree with branches, may be divided into several fragments. That way fabric will flatten evenly.
5. Cut pattern fragments out of the PEPPY fabric. Original designs and a wide range of colors for PEPPY patchwork will help you create one-of-a-kind items. Start work from the central fragment – the tree trunk. Pin the template to the front face of the fabric using the BLITZ ROMASHKA pins and outline it with the GAMMA tailor’s chalk. The GAMMA chalk is placed in a plastic jacket that prevents hands and fabric from getting chalked up during work and protects the chalk from getting damaged.
6. Cut out the fragment with an outsize of 5-7 mm.
7. Provide incisions in the corners of the workpiece cut out for fabric to flatten evenly when pitched.
8. Put the workpiece on the foam board base. Slip the fabric edges in the cut grooves along the fragment outline using a flat tool. This requires selective tacking, wherein fabric is not close-fit but loose at the center of the fragment.
9. Gradually pull the fabric on the base by continuous up-down movements to tuck the fabric edges in the foam board completely.
10. Cut all the sketch fragments out of the fabric and affix them to the foam board. The fragments placed at the edges of the picture must have an outsize of 1-1.5 cm on the outer side.
11. If the outsize is excessive or it is not easy to tuck the fabric in, cut the excessive fabric and tuck the edge in the foam board carefully.
12. To refine the edges of the panel, cut a line 1-1.5 cm deep along the edge of the foam board all the way around. Tuck the fragment edges in it carefully.
13. To incorporate a house with windows, cut one fragment out of the fabric. Mark the windows with the tailor’s chalk and make small incisions in the fragment using the GAMMA scissors. The GAMMA scissors are easy to use and made of quality steel.
14. First, tuck the fragment in along its outline, then along the lines of the windows and doors. If necessary, carefully make incisions in corners of small fragments.
15. To ensure the work is done neater, work on bigger fragments first. And work on small elements to end with.
16. Pick fabric according to the picture and try to pull it on the foam board evenly, with no wrinkles or bumps.
17. Make the lanterns on the tree and in the sky more raised. Cut the round fragments out of the yellow fabric with an outsize of about 1-1.5 cm. Provide small incisions at the fragment edge.
18. Place some GAMMA synthetic fiber between the base and fabric. This light cottony material straightens out under the fabric and is distributed evenly within the volume of the fragment. Stop the fragment in 3-4 points for the synthetic fiber to remain inside.
19. Guide the tool along the entire length of the groove without pulling it out of the base. Tuck the fabric edges in the foam board neatly.
20. Now, all the sketch areas are filled.
21. To render volume to the work, outline the main panel fragments with the cordon. The fabric glue must be applied strictly in a groove at the fabric butting. The thin smooth GAMMA cordon will decorate the butt ends and add a stained-glass effect to the work.
22. Place the cordon upon a glue layer and press closely. Wait for 5-10 seconds for the glue to seize.
23. Decorate the panel edges with a BULLET, GAMMA twisted ornamental braid. It is recommended to apply glue in a zig-zag pattern.
Now you’re done with the picture!
It’s rich, vivid and very individual. Most likely you want to have it as a keepsake. But if you ever make up your mind to give it away, it will be a good gift for any celebration! It will decorate and freshen up an interior of an apartment, summer cottage, country house and will prove its owner’s refined taste and love for handmade art.


Published 10/12/2015