Of course, the minute I picked up the backing fabric all her scraps moved or fell off so I had to stitch them back one by one. As a result, I couldn’t help myself… I added a few accent bits here and there… Kind of defeats the purpose of getting people to do their own art!
I couldn’t help it! It went against my grain to leave it in plain colour blocks… the fabric got mixed up. Yeah. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!
So, I went out and bought some. I got the second thinnest (cause the lady on YouTube said ‘thin’) and got to work.
I had a bag of scrap fabric which was given to me by a friend. It wasn’t ripped up in long strips like the first experiment so the pieces were different shapes and sizes. This gave the participants more variety in shape as well as pattern and colour.
Once they had their pieces laid out, I ironed them in place, then stitched them down with the sewing machine.
It worked much better. I’m sharing three of the creations we’ve made so far. There are a few more which I’ll share when they’re done.
Aren’t they fabulous? I want to make some cushion covers for my new couch using this method!
For the work project I’ve made these into wall hangings by sewing the art to a backing piece of fabric with pockets for dowels top and bottom. It makes it easier and much quicker. They can now go home and be hung on the wall straight away.
Mission accomplished. We found a way to let the participants create their own work with minimal staff input in the creative part.