I’ve been busy working on the banner for my church which has moved from being an idea to being a work in progress and I’m so pleased to see it start to come together.
Last Friday my friend and I had a trip out to a not so local fabric shop in Leicester. It’s always fun visiting this particular shop as it has a lot of choice, but it’s even more fun when you’re on a mission and spending someone else’s money!! Actually that isn’t strictly true as I definitely agonise more when spending other people’s dosh in case they don’t like what I buy – can anyone else relate to that?
Happily after much umming and arrghing we were able to get 95% of all that we needed, I’ve had to order one fabric (sadly that means I shall have to go back in a couple of weeks to pick it up 😉 ) and anything else I shall have to source from elsewhere.
I’ve decided to make the hardest panel first, just because it means the worse is over and done with! Not really! The design for the whole screen flows from this one so it makes sense to do it first and then refer to it along the way.
After much thinking about how I was going to do it I suddenly remembered a method called stained glass patchwork which I was taught a few years ago which would be ideal. I researched the method on the internet just to refresh myself on it and came across a great tutorial on you tube here.
So for those of you who are interested in the process this is what I’ve done so far.
1. I drew an accurate diagram of the design ( I used the back of an old roll of wall paper and taped two strips together so it was big enough – I’m nothing if not resourceful!). When I was sure it was right I marked the lines in black biro.
2. I lay a piece of calico over the pattern and traced the design on to it using pencil – this won’t be seen so it doesn’t matter what you use.
3. Now I could have cut up the original pattern for this part but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that so I traced the separate parts of the design on to tracing paper (actually I used baking parchment because that’s what I had 🙂 ) All the pieces have been labelled with numbers which correspond to the same pieces on the original pattern (it’s important to keep organised so that you don’t lose your way later on).
4. I used the BACK of this tracing paper pattern to make patterns on bondaweb (you need to reverse your images).
5. I ironed the bondaweb onto the back of the appropriate coloured fabric and cut the pieces out. I happily admit here that I tried it out on a small piece first just to make sure I’d reversed the image correctly!
6. Then removed the bondaweb backing paper and lay the fabric in the corresponding shape on the cailco.
When I was happy I took a deep breath, said a prayer and ironed it in place.
7. Now I haven’t done this step yet as I still need to buy either black fabric and make some bias binding or buy some ready made bias binding. But next I shall position the bias binding along all the fabric junctions and stitch it down.
Et Voilà, the front of panel one will be done 🙂 only another 15 to go 🙂
OK after all that I need to sit down with a glass of something chilled.
Until next time,