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Thread: Where's the Trapunto?

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    Where's the Trapunto?

    I want to learn this technique but no one ever discusses it, posts a picture or comment on it. Is anyone even doing it? How do I start? Youtube?
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    Just from being a Youtube junkie I would imagine they would have something for you.

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    I've done a small amount, but it's a lot of work and not something that greatly caught my interest. I do have 6-7 blocks taht I have the batting sewed to, but only a few trimmed and ready for the next layer. I like doing the shadow trapantu, where you use a shear fabric over the top.

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    There are several types of trapunto. The traditional trapunto was done by making a slit in the background fabric under a leaf or flower and bits of batting were stuffed in and then the backing was hand sewn shut. I like to do the method where I put a piece of 80/20 batt under my applique and stitch around the applique by machine. I then cut off the extra batting outside the stitching line and then sandwich my top as usual. I don't mind the 2 rows of stitching around my applique when I quilt it later but if you only want 1 row of stitching, you can do the first stitching around the applique with water soluble thread.
    Geta does another method as posted above. YouTube probably has a bunch of videos, you will have to watch them to see which method you want.

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    I have seen several picture posts here where the poster indicated they did trapunto but it was only pics of the finished product.

    Here is a link to a post I did several years ago, where I incorporated trapunto technique but added quilting to the area before cutting away the excess batting and then reloading the wallhanging. Many LA quilters are loading double bats to give the appearance of trapunto without all the tedious trimming involved. It makes for a very heavy quilt though. Works really well for wallhangings.

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...g-t256886.html

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    Google Patsy Thompson trapunto. She has a part 1 and part 2 video which I think is great!
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    Thank you for all the suggestions. I will be checking all of them out.
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    I do faux trapunto on my domestic machine and my Sweet Sixteen. It's just two layers of batting, either cotton bottom layer and wool top, bamboo bottom and wool top, or wool for both layers. The background is heavily quilted which results in interesting texture depending on how quilted and allows the less heavily quilted design elements to puff up. It is very easy to do, and the quilts I've done with wool are all very light and drape nicely.

    Tim Lattimer has a nice Youtube video where he's doing a traditional form of trapunto by hand. For the quilt he's adding trapunto to he uses a wool yarn that he threads through an upholsterer's? needle and then inserts it through the top of the quilt into the area where he wants the trapunto effect. No cutting slits in fabric that then need to be hand sewn.

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    I took a class, not too difficult. Hari Walner has something nice books
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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    I do faux trapunto on my domestic machine and my Sweet Sixteen. It's just two layers of batting, either cotton bottom layer and wool top, bamboo bottom and wool top, or wool for both layers. The background is heavily quilted which results in interesting texture depending on how quilted and allows the less heavily quilted design elements to puff up. It is very easy to do, and the quilts I've done with wool are all very ligh8t and drape nicely.

    Tim Lattimer has a nice Youtube video where he's doing a traditional form of trapunto by hand. For the quilt he's adding trapunto to he uses a wool yarn that he threads through an upholsterer's? needle and then inserts it through the top of the quilt into the area where he wants the trapunto effect. No cutting slits in fabric that then need to be hand sewn.

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    That idea of using yarn stuffed into the shape to do trapunto is a great one. I'm gonna file that one away and wait for inspiration to hit.

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    I do like Rob does--a faux trapunto on the quilting machine. I have basted some wool bat to an area of a quilt I want to be trapuntoed(?) so that the whole quilt was not double batted and it worked well too.

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    I have done channel trapunto where I stitch two fabrics together following an outline or applique pattern then thread cording or thick yarn into the channels between the two fabrics.
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    Anita Shackelford's book "Surface Textures" has a clear explanation of trapunto technique. It's an older book but has a lot of interesting surface design ideas. A lot of libraries have it.

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    Hand trapunto using a long needle and fluffy yarn is my favourite method. Years ago I tried Hari Walner's method from her book and hated it, but I admit I prefer hand work over machine work. The hand method using yarn is super easy and fast.

    Two excellent tutorials for this method are Janet Treen's and Tim Latimer's.

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