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How to Color-Block

Photo: Jack Deutsch,

Designing original, color-blocked motifs in knits doesn't require fancy patternwork or tricky sewing. To unleash your inner artist and create bold designs, splice contrasting knits together with lapped seams. The technique applied is similar to large-scale appliqué. You simply layer two fabrics, stitch a motif, and trim around the edges of the upper layer to reveal a unique, graphic design. This opens up an entirely new world of opportunities and eliminates the frustration you may feel sewing complicated seams in stretchy fabrics. With this method from Connie Long making curves and angles in knits has never been easier. 

From Threads #143

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