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How to Color-Block

Threads magazine - 143 - June/July 2009 Issue
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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. This technique works best with stable knits such as wool or cotton jersey, sweatshirt material, and polar fleece. Avoid knits with Lycra/spandex or ribbed knits, as they have too much stretch to produce smooth seams. When you’re starting out, it’s easiest to work with just two colors and to use the same type of knit fabric for both. After you’ve gained a little experience, try combining different knits or more colors for additional interest.  From Threads #143

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