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Scrap Collage: Kantha style

teacher avatar Marie Elcin, Fiber Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to Scrap Collage: Kantha Style


    • 2.

      Gather your supplies


    • 3.

      A note on ironing


    • 4.

      Plan your composition


    • 5.

      Pin and Baste your Pieces


    • 6.

      Kantha Stitch


    • 7.



    • 8.

      Now it's Your turn!


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You've been saving all those lovely fabric scraps from all your sewing and quilting projects because you can't bear to throw them away, right? Here is a project that will help you finally put them to use! I'll show you how to use your scraps to compose an image with shape and color, how to layer them for raw edge applique, how to stitch kantha-cloth style, and how to finish off your piece for a neat edge. You can use this technique to make small works of art, pincushions, pillows, or even entire quilt-tops!

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Marie Elcin

Fiber Artist


I'm a fiber artist and art educator from Philadelphia. I have taught screenprinting, basic design, and fiber artist at Fleisher Art Memorial for over 8 years. My favorite media are embroidery, textile design, printmaking, and watercolor painting. I love sharing ideas and techniques with my students and seeing their creativity bloom!

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1. Welcome to Scrap Collage: Kantha Style: I'm religion and I'm a fiver. Artists from Philadelphia Welcome to scrap Collage Campus style. I'd like to show you how to rescue the fabrics from your scrap in and create beautifully stitched fabric collages. Three. Campus Ditch is a traditional style of quoting from India and is a useful technique refusing together the various layers of a fabric collage. I'll show you how to prepare your fabrics, design a composition, stitch your collage and finish off all of your edges. So join me now, but clicking and roll unless get started with scrap collage, Kansas style. 2. Gather your supplies: thank you for joining me for scrap collage campus style. It's time to gather your supplies. First, you're going to need a foundation cloth pins, a needle and sewing thread for basting embroidery. Thread for stitching and physical web is optional. Now delve into your scrap pile and see what pieces you confined. 3. A note on ironing: I've picked through my piles of scraps, but will be a lot easier to see what I have if they're not so wrinkly. I tend to ball up all of my scraps and stuff them into my scrap pile. But they're much more useful to me for this project if they're nice and flat. So now off to the ironing board. When dealing with scraps, it's sometimes hard to tell exactly what fabrics you're working with. So as you iron said it to the silk or synthetic setting so that you don't scorch your fabrics as you iron, it may be helpful to sort your selection into colors like lights vs darks or warms versus cools. 4. Plan your composition: Now that you've ironed all of your pieces and sorted them by color, it's time to choose what your composition will be. A. I have two strategies for you to consider. The first it's going to be Teoh. Use the shapes of your scraps for inspiration, to make more of a picture. This'll piece reminded me of a cat, so I put him on a green background, gave him some sky. This yellow piece reminded me of a house. Maybe these could be bushes in front on and some windows. Another way to go about this is to just play with the colors of your shapes. The's are complementary colors, red and green. Try analogous colors like this pink, our engine yellow or contrast. Warm vs cool colors or patterns versus salads. I like this composition, so I'm going to trim the pieces down to the size that I want. For my finished project, I'm going to be making a four by six fabric postcard already now to pin based and so 5. Pin and Baste your Pieces: Once you've selected your composition and trimmed your pieces down to the right size, you need to keep them in place. So use their pins and dig down through all the layers of the fabric and then pop up. Make sure each piece is penned securely. You're going to go back afterwards and based all of the pieces into place so that the pins aren't there. When you stitch, you could leave, Um, but then it might poke your fingers while you stitch. I like toe, shake it and see if anything falls off. Now it's time to based everything into place. Basting stitches are very large stitches that you're going to remove later. It helps to have a long piece of selling throughout. When I'm threatening my needle, I'll hold the very tip of the thread between my fingers on, then slide the eye of the needle down between my fingers. I don't even tie, and not when I'm basting, because I know I'm going to remove these stitches afterwards. Just leave a nice long tail and be careful as you pull not to pull the thread all the way out. Move around your composition wherever you have a pen. Take a stitch. The stitches should be about an inch long or so. Move around your composition and take the pins out as you finish securing that area. I'm doing a very small piece, so this doesn't take very long. But if you're doing a larger piece, this might take a little while in the supplies I listed theme the feasible Web as an option . If you don't want to do this pinning and basting step, you can use iron Unfeasible web between your layers of the background fabric and your scraps. However, this is introduces another layer that you'd have to stitch through, and it can change the texture of your fabrics. Having that adhesive between your layers. I like this murder and done style of basting and then stitching when you're done, clipped the threat. Just leave it. You're going to pull it out later. Now it's time to start stitching campus style 6. Kantha Stitch: Now we're in my favorite part. It's time to start stitching. Why don't you choose a thread that matches your colors? Somehow I chose this maroon because I think it will go nicely with the color scheme I have going cut a nice long thread and then thread your needle again. I like to put the tip between my fingers and then slide the needle between my fingers and it goes right through the hole. This time we're going to be tired. Not at the end. Unlike the basting stitch to tie a knot, I wrapped the end around my forefinger, slide off the loop and put the tail back to front. I like to do it two times to make sure that they're not is big enough so it doesn't pop through the layers of fabric. When you start stitching, you're always going to start on the back and pop up at the end of your piece, close to an edge. We're going to be used running stitch running Stitch just goes down and up, up and down. Your stitches should be about an eighth of an inch long, and the spaces between your stitches should also be an eighth of an inch long, you'll notice I'm working in hand and not using an embroidery who This makes it easy to fold the fabric up and down so that I can load many stitches onto my needle all at once. The drawback to that is that it creates intention in the fabric as you pull. So after pulling through, you should go back and smooth out the tension. Watch out for nonsense. Now they happen. When you reach the end of a row, you're going to turn and you want to make parallel rows of running stitches about an eighth of an inch apart from each other. And that's all it ISS that's just going back and forth, back and forth across the surface of your collage with this very consistent running stitch . I wish I could stitch this fast in real life. It would make my art form a lot easier. When you go, uh, to the end of your thread, you gonna go down to the backside and then slide your needle under a few stitches to secure the end. Then you can start a new threat. I'm going to just use one color. My whole piece But you could change colors or match the colors of your scraps for different color effects. It's a value Sina reached the other side. I have these lovely rows and rows of stitches that crossed my fabric. This is really a kind of mending technique to instead of making art with us, I could patch made a hole in my jeans with this mending technique. Um, or I don't know. It's just It's such a lovely texture to the fabric, and all of these scraps just kind of melt into the surface. Once all of these ditches go over it. When you reach the end, go down to the backside, secure that end of the thread under your some stitches that might help do one last pulling on the edges of the fabric. Teoh. Smooth out the tension, and now that I've stitched everything, it's time to take out the basting stitches. You can use scissors, but a seam ripper does a great job. Be careful as you pull out those basting stitches. You might pull a threat here and there, or you might have stitched through that sewing thread, just clipped them away and then smooth out the tension of your stitches one more time by rubbing on the back to smooth it out, check for any stray threats and sniffed them away. And then you're all done. It's beautiful. All those scraps or no smoothed in together, stitched together with a lovely texture and top. Once her pieces all stitched, it's time to finish it off. 7. Finishing: Although you're finished stitching all of your collage pieces down, it's not truly finished until your edges air done. Teoh. Trim your piece down to the finish size plus 1/2 inch seam allowance and cut a backing cloth to the very same size latte. You're right sides together and stature on the edge with 1/4 inch seam allowance. But stop about two inches from the opening. Clip your corners at a 45 degree angle on. Then you're going to flip the piece right side out. You can iron it, and if you'd like you can top stitch. One eats from the edge, but I don't want to top stitch mine. I just want to see my hand stitching so I'm going to blind stitch mine closed thread your needle and not the ends and start at the very edge of the opening. You're going to take a stitch about Anethe Image law going back and forth from side to side . You should travel in the cloth sliding into the fold, but don't travel between the clause. Just move right over to the right other edge. You can tuck in the edges as you go. This is also how you would close up your piece. If you'd like to turn it into more of a stuffed piece or pin cushion, just fill it up with poly fill and then blind stitched the closed. You might have to pull your tension out to even things out. And when you're done, you're just going to slide the needle back to the beginning of your stitches through all the center of the sandwich of your cloth. With Paul Travel, clip it and then it's truly finished, Bertus. 8. Now it's Your turn!: Thank you for joining me for scrap clause style. I hope you will spend some time exploring your scrap pile to give those pieces and new life in a fabric collage Enjoy spending time with the meditative practice of campus stitching. Please share your progress in our class projects Page below. I can't wait to see how you transform your scraps into works of art. If you enjoyed this class, check out stitch your pics on my skill share channel. Happy stitching.