Patchwork Is Not Just For Quilts – Patchwork Wall Art

patchwork_wall_artFor wall art, the choice of fabrics and patchwork pieces is immense. Once your wall art is in place, it will only need regular dusting. You can go to town with the fabric pieces you use for your wall art. Faux fur, velvet, silk, cotton, leather, faux leather and suede to name a few. You can even add buttons and other accessories to your wall too.

If you down the road of using old garments, you will be able to look at your wall art and remember wearing that particular dress, or you husband in that shirt. No one else will know, well perhaps hubby might.

Bring out the inner artist in yourself, for all to see and praise!

Patchwork wall art, or pictures are fascinating, creative displays of bits of materials in likenesses and abstracts. Patchwork has been a part of lives all over the world since the time of Egyptian tombs. During the Middle Ages layers of quilted fabric netted the soldiers warmth. The Chinese created patchwork quilting 5000 years ago, and the Japanese also used quilting inside armour. Patchwork is simply the method of sewing together small pieces of material to generate a larger piece of material which is then sewn to backing.

Patchwork pictures are designed with layers of cloth, the base layers may be cotton or sheets cut to the size of the finished picture. Abstract art in patchwork pictures is developed by placing the edges of the materials slightly over each other. Fastened with pins to the base, it is sewn with extremely small zigzag stitches. Difficult to change if a mistake is made, one should be patient and go back to see the finished product before a final sewing.

If one is preparing a figurative picture, a background colour is chosen and that material is sewn to the base. Drawing on the artists imagination, he or she cut fabric in the shapes and sizes required. These are pinned, added to or removed, and sometimes changed all together, then pinned again. As with abstract pictures, before the final zigzag attachment, the artist will set the art piece aside to make sure it is a final production.

A technique of drawing with thread, hair or creating letters of a text is a difficult approach. Using a zigzag stitch in different width sizes is the element which finishes that procedure. One of the difficulties arising from patchwork pictures is small bits may not hold the pins, large pictures may require a lot of pins. Some fall out, some are hard to remove. When using extremely small pieces of cloth, a tiny touch of glue may work best.

Using remnants of new fabric or bits of former clothing are ways to apply artistic pictorials. Use coordinating thread to outline certain aspects of the item or person. Try it with your own ideas and see how artistic you can be.