Fay Maxwell, who tutored this at the Weymouth Embroiderers' Guild many moons ago.
The top fabric is a wild feather image in reads and oranges, barely visible when finished.
Needless to say, the inspiration came from the rather exasperating political machinations that were current when the work was made. Nobody knew where it would lead or what further discoveries would emerge as it went on.
The technique consists of a base cloth onto which are laid many bits of coloured fabrics with no plan at all. Over this is placed a top cloth, which usually works best if it's a fabric you don't really like.
Then tramlines or diamond shapes are machine-sewn into the fabric to create an interesting pattern. Once this is done, the tramlines are "slashed" to reveal the fabric pieces below.
The exciting thing about this is that you never know how it will look in advance.
Below are "Brocade" (left) and "Green and Purple" (right), which were all done in the same way, but embellishments of different sorts were also added, wich is a lot of fun. "Brocade" was one of those hated fabrics you have at home and you think you will never use. However, they are completely transformed by this technique. The top fabric for "Green and Purple" was a rather sedate batik in those colours.
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