How to make a patchwork placemat

Placemats are a really lovely project to begin experimenting with basic techniques of patchwork. By using red cabbage and black beans to get delicate colours of blues and greys, you will be able to start understanding the subtle differences in the tones and shades of natural dyes. By placing one blue next to another you will notice how lights and darks can be used to form abstract designs in textiles. It is important at this stage to begin re-evaluating your perceptions around colour.

Materials and tools you will need:

  • Basic dyeing equipment 
  • Two buckets or vats 
  • Two wooden spoons 
  • Iron 
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Ruler 
  • Tailor’s chalk 
  • Sewing machine
  • Needles & Pins 
  • 8 Light to medium-weight cotton or linen mordanted rectangles, each 46 x 30.5cm 
  • 200g black beans 
  • 1 red cabbage

This project comes from The Wild Dyer by Abigail Booth of Forest and Found, published by Kyle Books 2017, £16.99 ISBN 978 0 85783 395 2 

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