Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week we are looking back at the first collection of another (then) new technique – Trapunto. And the collection that we are featuring is Grandads Farm.
Grandads farm began, as with most of my other designs, as a gorgeous set of artwork. I knew that the children would love the designs (they love going to Grandad’s cousin who has sheep and chickens), and they would be great for either boys or girls.
The part that I really loved about the artwork, was the “chubbiness” of the designs. I really wanted to re-create that in the stitched out version, and I thought the best way to do that would be to use a trapunto like effect.
Traditional trapunto is created by first completing the stitching, and then “stuffing” it with wool. The word trapunto – from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.
This method was not going to work as well for machine embroidery, so we had to re-think the process.
The idea that I came up with was to use a technique where you could stitch down a high loft wadding onto a cutaway stabiliser, trim away the excess, then add the cotton top fabric and stitch all of the details. Using this method, you get the dimension, and yet everything is done in the hoop.
One of the things that I really love about these designs is that you don’t HAVE to do them in trapunto. Each of the designs come in both redwork and trapunto style, so if you want to create simple stitching, you can.
There are 15 different designs in the Grandads Farm collection, and they all have that same chunky look. Trapunto is a great technique for beginners as well, as it is so easy to create, and yet really looks like an advanced technique.
My favourite creation from this collection was the grandads farm quilt. I used the trapunto design, and created a really simple 3 stripe quilt, with really bright colours surrounding. I used the wording on my machine to make up 3 sayings about the farmer as well, and highlighted all of the trapunto by stippling around the designs. This quilt is so bright and fun, that it makes all who look at it smile.
Initially we gave the gorgeous Bull as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering the duck design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.