3675Re: [Marbling] Bolts of Fabric
- Jun 21, 2006Dear Jennifer,
It has been ages since I've checked emails and was
interested in your request since I work in silk. I
hope the following is helpful.
I used to marble silk for jackets. The pattern my
seamstress designed would use the size with which I
felt I could get optimum marbling results, 22" x 96".
Also I continue to marble woven garment parts that a
friend weaves, constructs and sells.
It's that "power of limits" thing where you take the
limitations of space,size, etc. and make them part of
a creative solution.
The other point to consider is the print (image) as it
relates to application. I checked out the quilters
treasure site. The individual seems to have used oil
paints on his/her fabrics. Oils give a different
visual outcome. There are types or brands that will
allow recognizable classical patterns, but never the
precision of watercolors (first) or acrylics (second).
Because of their nature they can be used to create
very organic visual/textural images.
Back to the site...the individual is probably going
for color and texture. Many quilters do not like to
use classical patterns in their quilts because the
tight,regular patterns visually dominate a quilt.
It's use and placement have to be carefully
So its back to image and application.
I used to share an apartment with a quilter friend who
came back from a trip with what I thought was some
quarter yards of the worst marbling I had ever seen
that happened to be oils. However, she made a nine
patch with them cutting them in 2" blocks and
alternating them with a dark fabric. The result was
lovely. Now the little blocks looked like a quilt of
different agates and jaspers.
That was one of my most memorable lessons in the magic
I wish you well with finding solutions that fit your
--- elpmet56 <elpmet56@...> wrote:
> Hi All,__________________________________________________
> Has anyone done full bolts of Fabric? I saw some
> Marbled yardage from
> Italy and they had somehow figured out how to do
> whole bolts of silk.
> I have done yard goods but the largest pieces I ever
> did were 45" X
> 64" and that proves challenging even with an
> assistent. HOW CAN THIS
> BE DONE?!?!?
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