Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sewing Wild


Sew Wild by Alisa Burke


I've gone wild!  Well, maybe unrestrained might be a better word to describe my stitching style for the past couple of days.  A few weeks ago, I bought Alisa Burke's Sew Wild.  This book is about Burke's style, her process and "messy approach to sewing."    Throughout the first part of the book, Burke describes different surface design techniques including using paints and inks, dyes, glue and bleach.  Burke discusses different stitching tools and is a big advocate of using the darning needle, or free motion foot, on your sewing machine.  She also explores color theory and pattern.  There is also a section in the book about finding inspiration for your design.  Burke uses a variety of techniques to create several different projects, including a hat, bag, scarf, and a quilt.  Burke encourages us to Go Wild!

I decided to release my inner wild woman and create a panel of stitched layers.  This lesson begins on page 82.  Basically sew bits and pieces of fabric, in layers, on top of a background fabric.  Burke uses her own fabrics, those she has created using paints, dyes, etc.  Since I haven't created my own fabrics, I used scraps left over from my Mug Rug.  I started with about a 12" X 12" piece of muslin, backed with batting,  and then began laying out my scraps in a rough layout.



I stitched the scraps down using straight and zig zag stitches.  Next, I took smaller scraps and placed them on top, in between to fill in the spaces.  I sewed these pieces with varying stitches as well.  I got a little messy wild here.



Before I was finished, I sewed even more black lines all over the piece!  I decided to make a little bag, so I cut a square from the piece and whipped up a 4" X 4" Shabby Chic Scrap Coin Purse.  I added a little frayed edged fabric flower.  I've added this little purse to my Etsy Shop!


  

Although I'm pleased with my results, I must say it wasn't that easy for me to get Wild and Messy!  Don't get me wrong, I've been known to "wing" some sewing instructions and measurements, but purposely being messy is hard!  It was difficult to "let go," but it was fun.  I really like this book and will definitely try more techniques, including stenciling, masking, and monotype printing!  So, look for more posts about the projects in Sew Wild.  First up:  Fusing Plastic!  Doesn't that sound fun?!  I'm off to round up Target bags!

Tootles!
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14 comments:

Linda said...

Wow!! That sounds like fun...I think I need that book! Your bag turned out fabulous! How are you feeling..better..I hope ;0)

Simply Beautiful Sundays said...

So pretty! I didn't know about that book- I have to check it out!

Liza said...

How cool, Angela! I like the organic lines and frayed edges of the flower... good going getting it all the way to the Etsy shop too! ps. i finally submitted my pointillism piece! xxoo L

Katie said...

That looks great! That book is tempting! I love how you cross out messy to add wild! Hee!

Lynne Williams said...

Good for you, you wild child! Keep it up because messy works for you:)
The little bag is precious and a great use for your me-made-mess fabric:)

Makes me want to get messy..

Amy P said...

Awesome! I just got this book too, I haven't had a chance to play yet. Now I'm bumping it up on the to do list :) TFS

Stephanie @ Toastie Studio said...

This is sooo pretty, I love the mix of colours :) black and pink :)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I love that book. I got it too. I am imspired by here free form exploration. If you keep sewing wild you may never go back!!! This came out great. xox Corrine

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Emma said...

well done angela, looks really cool. i'd find it very hard to go wild, or do 'messy'!
but just letting go sounds like fun!
hope you're doing well with your recovery x

Stacy said...

Ooh, I love that "messy" look. It's fantastic. What a fun project that must have been. Makes me wish I knew how to sew.

Stacy said...

Mine :o)

Donna said...

Looks amazing! I adore your coin purse and the fabric flower, too! They will be a hit in your shop:)

Fabric Art said...

Angela sounds like it is a fantastic book and the fabrics you have used in this piece are all very beautiful I just started on workshop with Alisa Burke it's about free motion graffiti.
Anni