For 3 weeks, our sewing machines were heated up for some applique in process. We drew and shared stories relating to memories and heritage -- a lot of these memories relating to food, things that we like, childhood… I guess despite our differences in experience, we all have similar concept of heritage -- where we started from and experiences of growing up. These conversations are very precious, I hope they have invited us to think about our personal identities and chanel a sense of belonging through the gathering of a community. Imagery generated forms the basis of some of the designs of our communal cushions that live at the herb garden of Ricefield Arts.
Laced with memorabilia, we have made cushions from scratch with this particular skill we have learnt that is absolutely versatile to any fabric project. Applique means applying smaller bits of fabric onto larger ones, in its own essence is like collaging on a canvas. What is great about this is that you can give new life to your old items from any scraps you can find, or even swapping scraps with a friend to expand options. The process has added genuine value to these objects through personal touch, why buy something boring and new when you can make your own? As complicated making something as it seems, it can be simple and effective.
Sharing and drawing experiences
What would your story be?
All our fabric are from second hand sources
Cut and position fabric
Pin down design
We have used the zig-zag function of a sewing machine to do the applique.
Hand sewing can be used in alternative to machine technique
The mixture of textures, patterns and shape makes a brilliant design.
Use of paper cut-out for creating design
Hing Fun has made this as a gift for her first grandson. How Precious!
When each element of the design means something to yourself.
Sewing is therapy.
Do you know that you can shred up old towels to make cushion stuffing?
Does this inspire you to work on some sewing project? To use our sewing machines for free, book a slot with us here. Bring a friend too, we can cater for 2 people at a time.
Thank you Rae-yen for developing and delivering this workshop for us. Her own interests lie in traditional myths. See more of her work at Song’s House of Fancy.
Thank you for everyone who came to our workshops. Very happy to share the experience with you.