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Folk Art Wall Hanging

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Materials required

  • 9 x Folk art embroidery design (we used Sewing Notions by Echidna)
  • Quilt Batting, Battilizer or Pellon
  • White See-Through Cutaway
  • Hemingworth thread – colour of your choice
  • 1 x Rasant thread (3000)
  • Bobbin Thread (To match Rasant)
  • 9 x 16” x 20” white fabric
  • Shape to Create fusible woven interfacing
  • 1.75m of contrasting fabric for backing, binding and bias strips
  • 505 Basting Spray
  • Bias Maker

The featured designs that we used in this project were created on a Brother Luminaire machine using My Design Center and only a .jpg file of the artwork.

Equipment required

  • Sewing & embroidery machine
  • Hoop used 270mm x 270mm (10⅝” x 10⅝”)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • 6.5” x 24” Patchwork ruler
  • 12.5” x 12.5” Patchwork ruler
  • Dynamic walking foot
  • Mini iron
  • Wool pressing mat
  • Purple thang

Method

  1. Embroider the 9 Folk Art embroideries using the 270mm x 270mm (10⅝” x 10⅝”) hoop.
  2. Trim the embroidery to the edge of design.
  3. Measure each block & check sizing, they should all be the same, ours are 9¼” x 9¼”. The blocks size may vary due to different stabilizers, batting and fabrics used.
  4. Place the blocks in the pattern layout you choose.
  5. Next we stitch the blocks together to create a whole square. On your sewing machine change the top & bottom thread to Rasant.
  6. Select a triple zigzag stitch and stitch blocks 1 & 2 together by “butting” each edge of the block together. Using an open toe walking foot, stitch the blocks together down the centre ensuring the blocks remain butted up as the zigzag closes the join.
  7. Stitch block 3 to 1 & 2 using the same method.
  8. Continue joining the blocks together in rows. (4|5|6 and 7|8|9)
  9. When all rows are stitched together join row 1 to row 2, and then add row 3 using the same method as previously described to create a square.
  10. Measure the size of the square through the centre and cut a piece of backing fabric larger than the square.
  11. Use 505 basting spray to adhere the square onto the centre of the backing fabric, gently smooth the back onto the backing. You may need to flip the wall hanging over to check there are no bubbles!
  12. Prepare and make 1” continuous bias strips: Cut the contrasting fabric 4“x 2” across the width of the fabric, join together and thread into your bias maker. We cut the fabric on the straight grain rather than the bias as there is no need for the fabric to be flexible in this instance. Choose your preferred method to create the bias strips, we used a Simplicity Bias Maker, you may have a 1” Clover Bias Tape Maker which can be used, or you may have premade 1” bias tape. As long as the bias tape finishes at 1” wide the joins will be covered.
  13. Measure and cut the bias strip to the length of the square to cover each join ours were 28” x 1”.
  14. Pin two bias strips in place vertically. Measure the blocks between each edge of the strips to check the bias is straight. Eg the block from the inside edge of each strip measures 8½” at the top and 8½” at the bottom.
  15. Using a walking foot stitch down each side of the bias tape ⅛” from the edge.
  16. Repeat this process for the horizontal strips.
  17. Bind!

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