A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the colourful & frugal, Improv Quilts of Christine Green.
Christine’s improv patchwork is inspired by the philosophy of the Gees Bend Quilters. Every scrap of salvaged cloth is used. She sources discarded cloth and preloved garments to make her colourful art quilts.
The garments are washed and cut up. Nothing is wasted. Christine uses shirt buttons, pockets, cuffs and plackets to make layers of interest in each piece of work.
Christine worked for the BBC as a Graphic Designer and now uses her love of colour and pattern to create her organic improv quilts.
Very happy news. I’ve been ‘Commended for the Beryl Dean Award for Hand Embroidery’ for my work “The Sound of the Kenwood Chef”. The piece was my submission to this year’s The Embroiderers’ Guild UK Members’ Challenge. I can’t stop smiling.
Allowing for the current Covid 19 situation, the plan is that all the Challenge artworks will be on exhibition at a future Knitting & Stitching Show.
It’s been a very busy time for me during Lockdown. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with some amazing artists for my YouTube Channel and I’ve also been working on a design for a collaboration project. I was approached by Sue from Cut Couture Kit, who designs the most beautiful linen garments. The idea was to create an embroidery pattern for the button pockets that appear on her garments. The result is the Running Stitch Pocket Pattern, which you can download by clicking the ‘Download’ button below. There’s also a step by step YouTube to guide you through the process.
When I first read the brief, my first thought was to created a pattern suitable for beginners yet also had the potential to be adapted for more experienced stitchers.
The pattern creates a double dashed border, which sits perfectly centrally on the pocket. Its simplicity works beautifully with the linen, especially when the stitching is continued into the topstitching of the garment. The design can also be evolved to providea ‘frame’ for your own unique textile art and embellishments.