I have loved this beautiful type of hand quilting for a long time. This is my first project.
Boutis is a french type of quilting. Two layers of thin batiste fabric are layered together and the design is quilted with a small quilting (or running) stitch. A #22 or #24 tapestry needle is threaded with a quilting thread. This loop then carries a cotton yarn. The cotton yarn is drawn through all of the channels and the design areas “stuffing” them. The boutis is transparent when held up to the light. Beautiful quilts and clothing were made long ago by talented french women using this technique.
A couple of my friends living in France (Maggy and Nicole) sent me several books and patterns. Nicole sent me a lovely boutis piece she made as a gift. She also wrote to me and explained the process. I didn’t read the instructions properly and didn’t know about the needle looped with thread. Unfortunately I threaded a needle which was TOO long directly with the yarn. This made my holes much too large and some are still visible. And I really didn’t know what to do when I finished. Luckily I found a lovely blog and Elizabeth was kind enough to help me out and answer my many questions regarding boutis.
I also made the mistake of beginning to pull the yarn through on the right side of the project rather than on the wrong side…hence you can see the holes I left by using a skewer to assist in the “stuffing”… my needle was actually all I needed. Hopefully next time my piece will look a LOT better. Trial and Error!!!
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