Judy Fairless, coordinator of the Quilters Guild Contemporary Quilt group is featured in the May 2009 issue of Popular Patchwork, her "Technique in a Day" article explores the use of painted and stitched Tyvek. Tyvek is a softer, more fabric-like version of Tyvek paper and has rows of tiny punched holes on the surface. You can buy it in A4 sheets from the craft suppliers who visit quilt shows or sometimes from DIY stores where its made up into suits, to use as an overall. Its plasticky but do not confuse it with the overalls that more resemble Vilene; its usually labelled TYVEK. Here on the website we have a new Shopping page, where you'll find Crafty Notions, a great supplier of all manner of interesting materials, threads, paints and paper, including Tyvek. It's not expensive and looks like a lot of fun to me.
I loved the look of Judy's work in the magazine, and was particularly struck by how appropriate this technique was for depicting some of the glorious patterns I found in the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazaba in Malaga, two Moorish fortresses I visited recently. I've planned my design, and am waiting for my Tyvek to arrive, so that I can get started with painting, burning and stitching. I thought the idea might appeal to other readers, who may have been stuck for inspiration, so I've included some of my photos for you to use as a source. I've never used Tyvek before, but I'm very interested in how this will turn out, please join me in the experiment. You could make a journal quilt, or an ATC, or just a sample to play with, but I'd love to see what you come up with. Watch this space to see how I get on and I look forward to seeing some of your work here too!
If you haven't got a copy of the May 2009 issue to read Judy's article, it's still available in the shops, or you could buy a copy online from MyHobbyStore. There are loads of great projects this month, don't miss out on this one.