Recycle Fabric Scraps | Article 4 -Liberty Love




My favourite all time apps to play in 5 min gaps are Blendoku and Hue. I am transfixed by colour and how each shade of any colour is changed by the colours they sit next to.


Complimentary colours look more obviously the colour that they are when sitting together, as opposed to analogous colours when sitting together, where the colours blend more and become less obvious. That surprises me every time I play these games. I will just give you a minute to visualise what I am talking about.....


......If you still don't know what the heck I am rambling on about then just play the games, it will become more obvious the deeper down the rabbit hole you go. Also, when playing these games, I try out different colour combinations extra to solving them, endless fun to be had. When I play these games I believe I am the best colour expert ever, I keep winning the levels anyway!


I only mention this because it relates to my absolute obsession with Liberty fabrics. I am not going to bore you or educate you with what Liberty fabric is you can google that at your leisure and enjoy watching these YouTube videos of the printing of the fabrics.

Liberty Fabrics: The Liberty Printing Mill - YouTube

Liberty Fabrics: The Liberty Printing Mill - YouTube


I have always loved Liberty but my passion for it grew when I started to think more about colour. I do think Monet had a lot to do with that for me, the way his paintings are so bright and yet also at the same time not distinct with colours that merge and flow. I went to a recent exhibition of the masters and didn’t realise how much this is the case until I saw up close one of his amazing works of art.

By the way my photos here just don’t do the painting justice.


It is so very clear that he was losing his eyesight and yet the colours and how they photograph to create a more splendid vision of what he saw. Look up close and you see a different marvel compared to when you stand back when it all comes together. Well, it’s all just remarkable to me. Is this all in my mind or do others see this as I do? I am awe inspired.


Getting back to my thread, Liberty fabrics. Liberty prints, I don’t really think there are words to describe my reaction to them, that is the depth of the passion. They are a conglomerate of a hive mindset. They stand alone, they mix, they blend, they breath life into every project no matter how many different prints you use.


The prints when you study them are complex in colour and interest. Even the prints that I least like have punches of design that are intriguing and when mixed into the consommé (soup is also not a word to use with Liberty) they work with everything else. The fabric is a dream to sew with, to press, to shape, just make sure you have a sharp blade when working with it.


One can never have enough Liberty fabric. So - side note.....if there is anyone out there getting rid of any Liberty stash I put my hand up real fast – send it in this direction, I dream of a large Liberty inheritance. Well, we can all dream can’t we. Actually I do wonder if I won the lottery if I would instantly become a Liberty Tana Lawn supplier as if by magic!


So, what do I do with it? It is an expensive fabric but worth every penny. Although it is no more expensive though than a good linen for dressmaking. I will buy yards in a favourite print and make garments with it, oh yes! But when I do have the pleasure of working with it, I bring on my couture skills full storm and I will fit a pattern until it is as perfect as possible for a Liberty print. I will French seam everywhere for a faultless inside. I will hand finish until my fingers nearly drop off, and I will savour and relish with bliss every stitch and pressed seam. Having said that it stitches up fast.


I do also buy it in small precious bundles for other projects, coasters, pin cushions, etc, have a look at my Threadelicious Pinterest – Sewing Patchwork board to completely blow your mind!

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Liberty, of course makes the perfect gift in any form. As my mind is on fragments this week I tied a bundle of cut rosemary out of the garden with a long ribbon sized off cut for a wonderful friend of mine as a little visiting gift (I know she will appreciate its beauty!). So liberty can also add value to even the smallest thing.


Currently I have my own masterpiece in progress, a Liberty Tana Lawn hexagon English pieced, super king sized quilt. I intend to create and finish the quilt all by hand. It will probably measure around 8' by 6 1/2' when completed. I am using 3/4" hexies so am not going to get much change out of 5500 of them.

I am 1500 into the project so far but not sure about the combination of colours I have chosen up to this point. I may even have 2 projects to work out as I look deeper at the tones of the coloured hexies I have completed so far. Initially I spent so much time thinking about the colours I gave up and just started buying fabric in colours that I liked just so that I could start doing something. So I am still not settled on a colour scheme although I have drawn over a dozen designs.

I have cut all my papers on my trusty Brother and bundled them up to keep me busy. I also have a little project case to carry here and there for when the passion strikes when I am out and about.

This project is going to take a few years to complete I feel and I am going to savour it and take my own sweet time.


Liberty just keeps on giving!


As I slowly fill my storage with precious hexagons I am creating more and more liberty fragments (I just don’t want to call a piece of liberty a scrap, that word is just so beneath it!). There lies another mystery, what to do with all the fragments? Liberty can not ever ever be thrown away. I think it is an unwritten law.


Some of you may know that I have a Bridal and Formal alterations business and sew garments with other fabrics. I save all my scraps from the alterations and they are used by me or another artist for various projects. But my liberty fabric fragments are another level of preciousness entirely. I save every teeny tiny weeny piece of it. I put it in beautiful dishes to look at as I sit or walk past, I will caress it and I will use every last drop of it with delight and dare I say ecstasy! You get the picture right!


So tonight, I made a liberty fragment project and you get a chance to see inside my creative brain. I framed the project in some leftover quilting fabric to highlight the liberty. I think I am going to create an acrylic front and back holding frame and hang it in a window to allow the light to shine through (when I say "I" here I mean my talented husband!). Of course another tea mat or mini quilt is also another option.


A couple of apologies before I explain everything further;

  • I apologies in advance for my atrocious nail state, my nails do not do the liberty fabrics any justice!

  • If you can also ignore the video company watermarks, it saves on my costs. Maybe if I make more of these little informative videos I may invest in a subscription.

  • The quality of the video is not great, not sure if I will try to work on this further but I have ran out of time for this little project. Trying to keep the file size down and time lapse has degraded things a little. But I think the quality of the video is substantial enough for you to see a little detail, but now it is what it is!

The whole creative process took two and a half hours of pure giddy pleasure, and I made a video of the happy part playing with the colours and sped it up for you so its only 26 mins (the video took a day to put together!). I am sure you will only watch as much as you see fit to, but if you do just sit there and watch it through I hope you really enjoyed the process as much as I enjoyed doing it, I am more than happy to share the love!


I placed my fragments onto a piece of medium weight dress making interfacing so that the pieces would stay in place when pressed. This interface is also very sheer so it works well with the requirement to let light through. I then stitched all of the pieces down, stitching various straight lines across the piece. I did not video the stitching to keep the whole thing as short as possible. For me the creativity of the piece is on the melding of the colours and patterns. I could have done with a few extra colours but I made it work.


Whether you are a Liberty fabric expert or have never seen it before in your life I hope this video helps to highlight just a small corner of the floral and ditsy motifs in the world of Liberty fabrics!




Love and Light

Amanda



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