When I was working on my red silk Dupioni quilt for the texture challenge with my FiberWorks group I thought that the section where I used the double needle and then French Knots would make a wonderful garment. You can see the quilt here.
This is a detail of the section of the quilt with the double needle and French Knots. I used cotton batting behind the silk to give it more body and to make the cording effect more prominent.
So I bought some more Dupioni in red, of course, and have cut out a simple jacket. I am using the double needle again. It is the widest one they make, I think, with the needles being about a quarter inch apart. I put flannel behind the silk this time instead of batting. I don't want a puffy jacket.
I am only doing the technique on one front and half of the back. My dilemma was whether or not to make the French Knots since they take so long to do. But I thought that they really do look nice. Above is the result of two nights in front of the TV. You may notice that the lines of French Knots are interrupted. I like the look and it also means I have to do less of them. I still have more to make on this piece.
This is the fabric that I will use for the other front and half of the back. It's an embroidered Dupioni and really is luscious in person and redder than this picture shows. Those circles are about the size of a half dollar coin. I can't decide which side is the right side. I like them both. For the sleeves I will use the plain red with no tucks.
I'll show the finished jacket, but don't hold your breath. I have such a busy schedule coming up so it may be a while. And I have all those knots to make!
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