Infect an interesting idea - just spit. Especially if this idea is not just in the air, but has already mastered many and many minds. And if there is a lot of "sick" around, then the healthy quickly (and willingly) pick up this virus. So, for example, the fashion for a certain kind of needlework (knitting, beading, quilling) instantly spreads, easily passing the borders of countries and cultures. Anglo-American patchwork is a confirmation of this. A patchwork for beginners - not just a "disease", but a real obsession. After all, if you are still a beginner in this unusually fascinating business, then strive to reach certain peaks as soon as possible. However, all at once you will not be able to learn everything and first you need to learn the basics of this technique
How to learn patchwork?
It is best to start attending special courses. Here you will not only be able to master an interesting kind of needlework, but find new friends and like-minded people. This, of course, is great, but not always convenient. Therefore, many dare to self-study flap sewing. By the way, patchwork does not always use sewing, but also knitting. Therefore, if knitting for you is already a familiar kind of "assault", you can diversify your hobby and master the technique of patchwork, in which knitting is used, and not sewing. In addition to attending the courses, you can use the tutorials by purchasing a printed publication or by finding the necessary guides and the Internet. And, of course, one can not ignore training video materials, which are in abundance placed on the World Wide Web. The craftsmen willingly share their own experience, filming the lessons of patchwork sewing on video and giving them for free use to their colleagues. The terms of training do not depend on what kind of technology (knitting or sewing) you prefer, but you can learn patchwork quickly only with certain experience. Therefore, if you are familiar with knitting, then stop at the knitted patchwork, and if you sew well, then start with the traditional technology (stitching tambourine shreds). For those who do not know how to knit or sew, work with cloth is preferable. Finished rags are easier to sew than to prepare for patchwork knitted blanks (knitting as needlework, too, you need to learn). So, patchwork for beginners is a traditional patchwork sewing, on the bases of which we'll talk.
Tools for Patchwork Sewing
In fact, master patchwork is quite simple: extensive knowledge of sewing for him is not required, as, indeed, and some special adaptations. All that you need to understand the basics of the basics is:
- cloth flaps;
- sewing needles;
- sewing (with a round head) or safety pins;
- centimeter tape, ruler and ruler-triangle;
- chalk or pencil;
In addition, in patchwork sewing there is such a thingas a "template". It is a tool made of thick paper or cardboard, by means of which individual parts of a certain shape are cut out. Templates are made in the form of frames, the inner side of which is equal to the dimensions of the part in the finished product, and the outer one defines its boundaries with allowances for seams. Naturally, for sewing in patchwork technique you may need a sewing machine. Working with it is convenient, and the products are made much faster than with manual sewing. However, even without a sewing machine you can do, especially at the very beginning of the development of scrappy technique. Therefore, the lack of a machine should not stop you in wanting to learn patchwork.
With what to begin?
Surprisingly, but starting to masterpatchwork technique is desirable from the manufacture of large items. And even if some patchwork aids are recommended to start with some pothook for the kitchen, it's better to take on the traditional patchwork quilt. First, the result will be quite impressive (as opposed to a modest tack) to surprise your loved ones. Secondly, it is more convenient to master this technique on a large product, working with large pieces of fabric. And, thirdly, you do not need more time to make a big blanket than to pick up a patchwork mosaic for potholders. So do not worry! Prepare the fabric, take the pattern and proceed to your first (trial) creation. By the way, starting work is also best with a simple cotton fabric, for example, cotton.
Preparation of tissue
Just picking the cloth is not enough. Even if you intend to cut out shreds from a completely new chintz, it needs to be washed and ironed, and to do it, strangely enough, is not so simple. It is necessary to wash (or simply wet) the fabric, because after washing it can shrink, and in the finished product it is fraught with unpleasant consequences in the form of distortions, wrinkles and screeds. In addition, many fabrics can shed during the first wash. By the way, such training has a professional name "decimation". Then the fabric is desirable to starch - so it will be more convenient to work with it. After this, the material should be dried (to light moisture) without pressing, but simply by hanging it on a rope or on a crossbar. And the next stage of preparation will be ironing. To iron the fabric you need to share a thread, on the wrong side, and it is best to use an iron with a steamer for this.
Before cutting, draw a sketch of the finished product and count the number of parts. Directly when cutting, consider two important points:
- You can not draw on the fabric with ball or gelhandles. Use chalk, soap or a simple pencil for this. Otherwise, ink will appear from the front side of the fabric and spoil the appearance of the finished product.
- Kroite fabric only along the share strand (orientate to the edge). Otherwise, the cut out flaps may become warped and lose shape.
Also, do not forget about usingtemplates. Drawing a pattern, do on the fabric at once two lines - the cutting line and the sewing line (stitching). Another option is to cut out the details, and then apply a line of stitching on them (strictly according to the ruler, observing the exact dimensions). And then you will only have to sort out the rags, placing them into boxes and packages. Naturally, for work it is necessary to choose also a pattern, and also to be defined with sewing technique. But this is a separate conversation. We advise you to read: