Friday, April 18, 2008

TIF - April -Change and Counter Change

I've made a CHANGE to my profile. Grandson number 3 arrived last week, a fortnight late and weighing in at 9lbs 4oz. Of course, I am thrilled to bits!

And Counterchange. Changing the appearance of a patterned fabric by manipulating it.

I've chosen really simple examples, gingham check and small polkadot.

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Tucking and pleating

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Counterchange smocking, you don't have to gather it first, you just pick up according to the pattern. Not as stretchy as traditional gathered smocking.

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Gathered and smocked in the traditional way.

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Gathered and smocked polkadots.

Lots of design opportunities with these techniques.


Conni said...

Congratulations on your new grandson! Another model for your beautiful drawings!

Your images in this post are not showing up (not here, anyway) so I will be back to look at the smocking.

kay susan said...

Thanks for the heads up Conni,I've redone the photos.

Conni said...

Your pleated fabric samples and smocking are just beautiful. My mom used to make smocked dresses for me when I was little, but I never learned to do it, myself… I do have a wonderfully illustrated book on the subject I bought several years ago, EVERY KIND OF SMOCKING, by Kit Pyman. I’m going to have to try it.

Emmy said...

congrats on your new grandson and I see wonderful work done

Greenmare said...

your smocking is fabulous! I've always been intrigued by it. I was searching the net for information on needle felting and found your blog. Lovely! your drawings are wonderful!!!!!!