Next time, I'll show you how to make the "Microbat," which is much simpler, and I'll show you some more pictures of my completed bats.
See you then!
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If you would like to see more traditional (and complex!) examples of Trapunto, many textile museums have samples and images of beautiful pieces that can be seen in person or online.
Below, I have placed the links for 3 lovely examples:
1. Popular quilt images often included fruit and plants. A great example of this can be seen in this flower-filled basket detail, from a quilt made by Orella Keeler in the early 1800's. This quilt is in the collection of the Daughters of the
American Revolution Museum.
2. Other stuffed-work quilters ambitiously decided to depict specific scenes from life or literature. the Russellville Fair Quilt, made by Virginia Ivy between 1856 and 1857, shows various people, animals, and buggies at a county fair, and is in the collection at the
of American History (you can zoom in to examine various details). National Museum
3. Two of the most famous examples of stuffed white work are also amongst the oldest preserved quilts. The "Tristan and Isolde Quilts," also called the “Guicciardini Quilts,” are believed to have been made in
sometime between 1360 and 1400, and depict a variety of images from the historically popular epic of “Tristan and Iseult.” Sicily
These quilts are thought to have been part of a group of three quilts originally. One, called the “Tristan Quilt,” the “Tristan and Isolde Quilt,” or the ”Guicciardini Quilt,” is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. The second quilt (the “Guicciardini Coverlet,” or “Usella Coverlet”), as well as a duplicate of the quilt in England, are on display at the Bargello Palace, Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy. The third quilt is believed to be in a private collection. I could not find a link to the quilt at the Bargello, but I did find this interesting blog piece on the making of the duplicates Tristan quilts in Italy, which includes some helpful links. For more information on the scenes and symbols in the quilts, you can view this helpful Wikipedia article.
As with any other technique, trapunto can be used for as simple or as complex a design as you wish, and can add a striking element to your piece. Why not try incorporating a little stuffed work into your next project?