Next Sunday afternoon, that’s December 13, from 2PM- 5:30PM, I will be teaching Modern Broderie Perse at the Quilt Zone. You can call 907-561-2020 to sign up for the class.
Later that day, after I had given a lecture, a fundamentalist broderie perse teacher approached me. She had heard about the class and seen the work done, and she was appalled. She made it quite clear that my teachings were blasphemy. She was so adamant, I began to question the concept of the class.
So I did a bit of online research. According to Wikipedia, “Broderie Perse is a style of appliqué embroidery which uses printed elements to create a scene on the background fabric. It was most popular in Europe in the 17th century, and probably travelled from India, as there are some earlier findings there.”
“Broderie Perse can be done with any printed fabric on any ground, but it originally was worked with chintz type fabrics. Chintz typically has clearly defined, separated motifs, which were cut out and invisibly applied onto the ground fabric. The typical intention was to create a scene from the motifs, but the decoration could also be random. The resulting fabric was often made into bedspreads, either unlined for summer or quilted for winter. They were typically saved for special occasions, such as guest beds.”
I found some excellent examples of this on Kay MacKenzie’s blog All About Appliqué. Here is the fabric she started with.
Some of them honored the original images in the fabric.
And some of them did not.
Either way the final results were joyful.
Creative. Colorful. and Original.
If I am a heretic, that is OKAY by me.. Especially if it means my student’s work looks like this. If you would like to take a look at my complete teaching and lecture schedule you can by clicking here. I would love to have you in a workshop!