Welcome to Craft For The World! IT’S BEAUTIFULLY MADE IN WASTE, TOO! Violet and green are so pretty in this stunning quilt. Of course, it will look beautiful in other colors too, and is just as charming made from scraps. It’s a fun pattern to play with, as any nice palette and many fabric styles will look wonderful in it. The overall design is created from the careful placement of half-square triangles. Notice how a star is formed in the center and repeated in each corner. We can easily imagine this quilt in seasonal colors. The red, white and green of the holiday (or simply red and white), as well as the deep tones of autumn will be stunning. The quilt, designed by Jamie Janow Elfert of L ‘Fair Quilts, is 76 ″ x 86 ″ with borders.
Geometric shapes and concepts are deeply related to humanity. Their presence in the environment, in the configuration of plants, animals, minerals and the human body itself may be responsible for the use of geometry in artifacts and craft techniques, reproduced on surfaces in ceramics, basketry and weaving, among others. These are forms present in the human conscious and unconscious, in the most diverse cultures and ethnicities (DOCZI, 2008). The textile surface design and its respective techniques, such as weaving, printing, embroidery, applications and sewing are linked to manual work, even if developed industrially, they originate from domestic chores. Among these is the quilt, although its images are industrially applied in prints, the technique is in the realm of handicrafts. Traditional textile surfaces are interrelated with geometric knowledge. In the production of traditional African cloths it is possible to verify the use of geometry in the composition of surfaces.
In a study based on ethnogeometry, Menezes (2005) verified the occurrence of geometric transformations in weaving, dyeing, printing, and embroidery techniques, showing the aesthetic and technological refinement used in the planning of these materials. With the perspective of establishing the presence of ethnic and cultural diversity in the composition of quilts, this article addresses the material, technical and technological knowledge originating from African culture in surface work and textile construction through the analysis of geometric patterns and the compositions derived from them, present in works with the quilt technique.
This relationship is discussed from the perspective of geometry and textile surface design, showing how reflection on ethnic and cultural diversity can contribute to the affirmation and appreciation of certain cultures and their knowledge, which are often uprooted and wrongly attributed to European cultures and Euro descendants.
The quilts characterize the handmade technique made from the use of pieces of fabric joined (top), batting, backing, sewing and finishing on the sides (binding). Many times the term patchwork accompanies its definitions, because the term patch, in Portuguese means the actions of lining up, mending, arranging and, as a noun, can be translated as a patch, fragment, while the word work, as a noun means work . Thus, in the context of handicrafts, the practice of patchwork can be understood as work with patching or tacking, this work does not necessarily need to be linked to lining and quilting. Patchwork refers to the surface or top and can be used for making accessories, clothing, and home goods. This top is also used in the making of the quilt. The term quilt, as a verb, means to quilt, to upholster. By joining the top, the blanket, and the lining, by means of the hand or machine sewing, which unites the three layers, we have the quilt, which defines the finished work. Quilting, on the other hand, is the practice of making the quilt.
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