Trapunto is a technique, often used in quilting, embroidery and even doll making where stuffing, batting (wadding in the UK) or other materials, such as yarn, are inserted between two layers of fabric with certain areas defined by stitching to create a raised dimensional design. For this week's round-up of free craft tutorials I'll be focusing on trapunto.
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Trapunto with Yarn
Janet at Quilts A Lot shared a trapunto quilting tutorial where she inserted yarn as a stuffing after all her stitching was complete. Click the link to see the tutorial.
Janet's technique is similar to French boutis technique. You can clearly see how it works with a boutis technique video on Threads magazine, click the link to see the video.
Trapunto with Batting/Wadding
Chis who blogs at Over the Moon Arts, shared a trapunto mini tutorial where she used batting/wadding and water-soluble thread to give a more subtle dimension to her work.
Jen Eskridge, author of Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life blogs at Reanna Lily Designs and she shared a trapunto tutorial using a more modern quilt design.
Patsy Thompson has a series of two You Tube video tutorials on how to do trapunto quilting using batting/wadding. Below is the first video in the series:
Continue along with Patsy Thompson's video trapunto tutorial with the following part 2 video:
Trapunto on Teddy Bears
Daphne of Back Road Bears shared a photo tutorial on the Teddy Talk forum on how to use trapunto to create dimensional paw pads for a teddy bear.
There are doll patterns out there that use trapunto for doll faces, including Melinda Small Patterson's Baba Yaga pattern but I sadly haven't come across any for free on the internet. Anyone else ever found a doll face tutorial online using trapunto?
Sharon Mitchell has e-mailed me to let me know that there is an interesting blog post at Bone Head Studios where doll artist Flora Thompson shows some in-progress shots of a doll that uses a trapunto face. Click the link to get an idea how trapunto would work for a doll face. Thanks for the tip Sharon!