Stitch Workshop -Week ThreePosted: October 14, 2014
Today was the third week of the Stitch workshop, and we were working with dissolvable, which is almost a clear plastic sheet of PVA glue, which dissolves when placed in water. We were given a run through of how to sew onto the dissolvable sheets, which stitches would have to be used together to make sure the sewing kept its shape when dissolved. I still have difficulty using a sewing machine, in particular when trying to understand when the stitches are too loose, and also remembering to thread the machine when the foot is up. I found the process of stitching quite tricky because I had to make sure that all the stitches overlapped and that there were no loose ends, because otherwise all the stitching would unravel.
I chose to do quite a large area of stitching, using different thread, and adding some material, but this was quite time consuming. When I was using textured thread, my machine kept jamming, so I switched to using different coloured thread and adding material into the embroidery. After lunch we were shown an example of cut-away. This is where you use a sheet of fabric, and dissolvable together, so that when you cut the fabric, the dissolvable will still keep the fabric sturdy. I really like this technique, it’s kind of like having a window within the fabric. I love learning these different techniques, because once you know enough, you can start experimenting and mixing the different stitches and techniques.