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Patchwork, kvilt, rag. What is closer to you?

A began everything simply. When once again began to sort the clothes. Agree, it is often a pity to throw out old, but once fashionable and beautiful things. “These trousers cool sat!“, “In that jacket I got acquainted with It!“. Each old thing reminds something. And we store these zaplatochka of our memory, hoping that sometime they will be useful.

And here present - there is very interesting application to these expensive color rags! Also it is called the word “patchwork“ fashionable now . On it women in many countries of the world, and even some men are keen.

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was Decided by me from things which I do not carry any more, to sew a beach cover. Went to the Internet to look at examples of products from the fabric remains. And … found such here beauty!

It appears, scrappy sewing - already independent direction in fashion. Make clothes, accessories, covers, blankets, pillows, a panel of pieces of fabric. There are whole printing editions containing various schemes for drawing up ornaments. The schools and clubs training to a patchwork are created. Devote to this art exhibitions and the international festivals. The museums of Europe, Russia, the USA contain big collections of products in style of the scrappy Patchwork equipment.

From usual pieces of tissue of the master such creations create! And I here with the pokryvalets for the beach … But believe

, during creation of scrappy things you derive pleasure huge. And it is even pleasant to be a beginner in such modern and at the same time very ancient skill.

of the Direction of modern scrappy sewing


From rags also in an extreme antiquity, but only single copies remained up to now. On Ancient Egyptian frescos scrappy cloths are represented, found the remains of quilts with an ornament in burials of Scythians, in the east also sewed clothes and blankets with application.

Things are short-lived therefore it is difficult to judge where and as widely in the ancient world used scrappy sewing. Now it is widespread in many countries of the world and “patchwork“ or “êâèëò“ is called. These directions appeared several centuries ago.

The patchwork is an application or sewing from rags when fine details are imposed on larger. In translation from English “scrappy work“ means.

Consider that it arose in England when in the 16th century print and silk fabrics from the East with a bright ornament appeared there. The embroidered east blanket at that time began to serve in the house as a prosperity symbol. Imported fabrics were expensive therefore economical Englishwomen after a cut of clothes began to use from them and the remains. From bright rags sewed applications, imposing them on a linen or woolen cloth. So the real amateur masterpieces began to be born.

Kvilt , or quilting (from English quilt - “stitch“, quilting - “sewing together“) - includes both a patchwork, and an embroidery, and application.

This technology of sewing appeared in America among immigrants from the Old World. From - for the fact that there was not enough money for new things or them just there was no place to buy, resourceful women began to sew clothes and blankets from good pieces of old clothes. In the beginning the word “kvilt“ designated only a quilt from rags. Then so began to call everything that it was sewed from pieces.

Now from rags apply fabrics of any kind and a coloring to products. Collect drawing according to special scheme . More than 4000 already ready schemes are known. In their names - all history of development of scrappy creativity, life and feelings of skilled workers, their social level and vital interests.

Here some of names: “The aunt Pattie`s favourite“, “A window at shed doors“, “Garden Eden“, “The broken ware“, “Hopes and expectations“, “Double wedding rings“, “Children`s cubes“, “A cat in a corner“, “A small knot for darling“, “Birds in flight“, “The baby began to move“, “The bachelor`s riddle“, “A riddle of the old maid“, “New - the York beauty“, “The Arkansas traveler“, “Bear claws“, “Milkchurn“, “Anvil“, “A rack with cakes“.

When in 1850 there was a sewing machine, it became much simpler to work with rags. Time for creativity was released. Keen interest in a patchwork woke up in women with 70 - x years of the last century and does not weaken till our time.

Scrappy sewing in Russia

Scrappy sewing began to develop also at us when at the end of the 18th century merchants began to bring expensive overseas chintz. Very much fabrics were beautiful, it was a pity even to throw out the remains of a cut. They were sewed by skilled workers in a beautiful ornament .

In the 19th century, with emergence of mechanical production, cheap cotton fabrics with drawing appeared. Russia blossomed print jackets, kerchiefs, shirts, sundresses. The Russian women gave to old things and bright rags the second life, having learned to sew from them blankets, curtains, pillows, rugs. The bright scrappy blanket was almost in each country log hut.

In the bride`s dowry such blanket took a place of honor. And for newborns surely sewed a color blanket. Natural fabrics very long store smells. Was considered that to the baby in a blanket with a “native“ smell it was quieter, it served as a charm for the kid.

the Useful parties of scrappy sewing

the First party - practical . You use old things. Also did not throw out, and made room, and were not spent!

The second party - creative . The flight of fancy is not limited! It the same as puzzles to collect. You remember such children`s entertainment? Then the patchwork precisely will be pleasant to you.

The third party - not material, but very much warming . In this thing you put the heart and soul, the work. Its multi-colored pieces will remind you of favourite things, of light moments of life. Your product will surely decorate the house and will add in it a cosiness and heat.

Besides, they can be presented to relatives or friends. And now it will be very fashionable and pleasant gift .

When you begin work, you understand that the most difficult in it - is beautiful to combine multi-colored pieces, to make a pattern so that all work was harmonious. The easy and most certain way of the choice of drawing was used still by our grandmothers. They put rags to each other and watched what combination is pleasant to them. Then rags postponed, and through time looked again. If drawing did not cease to please - they started sewing.

Many say that ancient scrappy blankets and applications possess by magic force , bewitch and attract. It seems to me that an explanation here simple.

On one of the websites I read a parable about scrappy sewing in which it is said that one woman had everything - the house, a family, prosperity, but it lost meaning in life and came for the help to the wise man. He advised it for each events of an event with it to pick up the corresponding, big or small, but surely color rag and to sew them together. The woman long worked, remembering and collecting pieces of the life. Having finished work and having looked at the scrappy blanket, she understood that life at it, actually, bright and useful.

If you want to add heat and a variety to the life, try to collect also you scrappy work. Good luck!