Dimension throughSurface Manipulation
The surace o a project can be manipulatedto exaggerate its texture, giving the work di-mension through depth. This eect can beachieved by padding or stung some areas o the design, or through the use o shrinkage,a technique I explored in my previous book,
Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art
. Further explora-tions have resulted in some new discoveries.In the example shown on the opposite page,I used the amazing shrinking properties o wool/viscose elt to manipulate stitched shapesadded to a background. The trick with thissort o technique is to leave areas o the workunstitched, allowing the elt to shrink to itsmaximum extent. In some areas the top layer isnot attached to the elt, leaving the abric reeto expand outward into dimensional shapes.Circles o the same size were cut out o coloredabric and acrylic elt. Lengths o “scoubidou”plastic laces were stitched to the underside o theabric circles with water-soluble thread, radiatingoutward rom the center, and a button was attachedin the middle (
). The abric circles werethen attached to the acrylic-elt circles, with thescoubidou laces sandwiched between the abricand the elt. The layers were quilted together.The assembled units were then stitched to agrid made rom contrasting abric and backedwith black wool-viscose elt. Only the centers (thearea around the button) and the circumerenceso the circles were attached to the background.When the work was washed, the wool-viscose eltshrank most where it was not attached to the abriccircles, orcing the circles to extend outward.
Diagram showingthe positioning o thescoubidou threads andbutton on each circle.
Untitled piece showingacrylic-elt circlesmanipulated to stretchinto dimensional shapes.
Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art:
stitch, fold, embellish