Although we were a small and select group yesterday, we had a lovely time making treasured memories with Lorraine Brettle. She was very generous with both her time and her materials, giving us inspiration to turn our collections of photos and other ephemera into items of beauty.
She talked about how her pieces are not planned. Instead they tend to evolve as she works with her special items. She keeps adding decorative stitching and embellishments to enhance the pictures and tell the story until she is satisfied with the result. Most of the items were worked onto calico as the base fabric. Lorraine uses images printed onto fabric and decorated with assorted scraps, ribbons, lace and buttons. A die-cutting machine can be used to cut out shapes from fabric. Ironing Bondaweb onto the back of the fabric before cutting makes it easier to produce precise shapes. For example, tiny hexagons cut from vintage fabric give the impression of a tiny patchwork quilt. Images, words and phrases can be stamped onto fabric and then added to the story.