One of the things that I love about the concept of Christmas in July – as well as being able to celebrate with the weather the opposite part of the hemisphere enjoys – is that it starts me thinking about what I am going to be creating this Christmas.
Thank you for joining me today for our Christmas in July Friday Flashback. This week we are looking at a wonderful collection – Christmas Trapunto.
Christmas Trapunto was actually the 3rd Christmas collection that I ever created, and I really wanted to work with a 3d style formula. I had fallen in love with the designs, and wanted to continue the “stuffed” look and features of the designs in thread.
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 12 different designs in the Trapunto Christmas 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.
I have used these designs in a couple of different ways, firstly I created a magnificent Christmas Tree Skirt. The tree skirt featured all 12 of the designs that are a part of the collection, and after I completed the skirt, a wonderful friend of mine (Anne Conway – designer/artist) painted my skirt to add extra detail. You could use a similar technique to what Anne used by using JoSonja paints, and textile medium, or nowadays, there are the Derwent Inktense pencils that will help you to easily add artistic elements to your embroidery.
I have also used the red work version of these designs for a Christmas stocking. You can simply make the stocking – or santa sack, using these designs, and the wording of the intended childs name.
When we first released the Christmas Trapunto designs, we gave away the fun candy cane as the freebie design. For the next week, as a thank you to all of our loyal readers, we are also offering another design from this collection. Click HERE to download yours today.
I hope you have enjoyed this flashback, and I would love to see pictures of your own Christmas stitching. Until next time, as always, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.