My head is still full of all the sights and textures of Quilt Market in Kansas City. I'm processing all the trends I saw there and considering how they translate to the kind of quilting and fiber art we do here in the Quilting Daily community.
One trend that stood out—literally—was dimension in fabric crafts. Fabric designers and fiber artists showed finished fabric art projects that were stuffed, twisted, and shaped into objects. I saw more trapunto in modern quilt designs than I have in a while.
|Triangular-based fiber art pyramids by C. June Barnes.
Speaking of modern quilts, even if they didn't have dimension, many of these graphic quilts featured hexagons, octagons, and triangles in stark relief, so they seem to pop out.
In quilt art, there are many ways to fold, piece, stitch, and manipulate fabric into dimensional shapes. A new book on the subject, Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art: Stitch, Fold, Embellish by C. June Barnes shows you how to create almost any kind of spatial dimension out of a stitched or quilted surface.
Spatial dimension can be achieved in the following ways, writes June:
Manipulating the surface of the quilted plane to achieve depth.
Adding to the surface to increase the depth.
Manipulating the quilted plane or layers through folding, wrapping, curling and so on to either construct a shape or create depth.
Constructing objects through various means, the outer layer being a quilted surface.
June draws a lot of her inspiration from nature as well geometry and offers templates, instructions, and examples for virtually any kind of dimensional shape you can imagine.
Here are her instructions for turning a quilted surface into a triangular base (or pyramid).
|Triangular base template from
Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art.
1. Start with an equilateral triangle that has sides roughly four times the finished height you require.
2. Mark the centers of each side of the triangle and mark them a, b, and c.
3. Draw a line between these points, creating a triangle within the triangle with sides a-b, b-c, and c-a.
4. Mark points that are half of the outside points x, y, and z.
5. To construct, finish all edges and join sides a-x to a-y, b-y to b-z, and c-z to c-x. Fold points outward along lines x, y, and z.
These dimensional shapes can be made into all kinds of fiber art, such as containers and vessels. They can be used as embellishments (a great way to make use of fabric scraps) or joined together to make a larger fiber art quilt or sculpture.
Anyone looking to take their fabric art to a new dimension will find inspiration and practical advice in Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art.
P.S. Have you been adding dimension to your fiber art projects? How? Share your experiments with the community below.