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Crazy patchwork and mosaics

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Crazy patchwork and mosaics

I stumbled on this lovely new place last Saturday. It is a shop dedicated to patchwork and quilting, called The Wandering Line in Purley, Surrey. For a while, I have been thinking how nice it would be to have a very cosy, gorgeous blanket on the couch for us all to snuggle under when we read or watch DVD's, but I have only ever made a 5 inch square of patchwork and that was when I was 12!

Well, in this shop I saw an example of crazy patchwork and was really drawn to it, so I acted on the moment and signed up for a course last Thursday. It was wonderful and I can see why I was attracted to it as there is a lot of similarity between crazy patchwork and the mosaic making process . It is very intuitive - you move materials around until it feels right so there is a lot of 'going with the flow' and letting the materials shape the design. It is very much about using scraps and re-purposing old materials, which is a strong theme in my mosaics. There are two stages to making the patchwork. Firstly is to sew the materials onto a backing fabric and secondly to embellish the squares you create. At this point I had to laugh as the teacher had all the magpie characteristics of a mosaic addict - scouting around for anything shiny and pretty to attach to the work - bells, buttons, beads, ribbons, knicker lace!! Nothing is wasted!

I love my finished square, it is just what I had in mind for our snuggle blanket - only 19 squares to go. Hopefully it will be ready by next winter!

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  • Great job, it sure looks snuggly. I have been afraid of crochet for quite some time, but finally just jumped in and was so happy to discover it wasn't as hard as I thought. Well done for giving it a go.

    By Anonymous Jennifer, at 23 October 2009 at 15:47  

  • Go for it!!! I love little scraps of fabric too!(as you probably noticed!)

    Creativity rocks, and I love doing little courses here and there too.


    By Blogger Amelia, at 24 October 2009 at 16:26  

  • Thank you both ;) I'm itching to start the next patch!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 25 October 2009 at 17:28  

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