Sunday, October 14, 2012

Korak Patchwork

Korak is an ancient Asian patchwork technique. i purchased a book on creating this type patchwork a couple of years ago but never tried it. the book is someplace in this house but i have been unable to find it. Eva Nerling posted a tutorial for korak just the other day so i decided the time had come for me to try it. i used some of my hand dyed silk pieces. the thinner the fabric the easier it is to stitch because you will be stitching through several layers. here are some images so you can see the process, but be sure to go to Eva's tutorial where she explains it so well. click on the images for a closer view.

1. shows squares folded into triangles and placed on a base cloth. 2. the center panel is hand stitched down to the base and a square and more triangles are added to the sides. the folded edge of the triangles cover the raw edges of others.

strips are added between the sections to cover the raw edges

I added 2 borders with some prairie points stuck in (not korak)

the finished piece measure 12" x 12". I'm going to applique it to this brown pillow. 
you can find more about korak patchwork here on google. be sure to check Eva's blog if you want to try it. she uses some beautiful bright fabric for her patchwork and lots of different designs can be created.
hope you all have a great week.

23 comments:

Jacky said...

I saw Eva's tutorial too and am tempted to have a go....I love the Korak patchwork and the way it is so portable.
Your piece using your eco dyed fabric looks fantastic Deanna and I like the idea of making a cushion cover out of it.

Beautiful...

Jacky xox

Lois Evensen said...

So pretty!

Nancy said...

Deanna~ This looks wonderful! The darker stitches, the blending colors and many points - taking your eye all over the cloth...it all works. Sort of reminds me of the folded star potholders I made in the early 1980's. It looks so nice on the pillow. I was thinking it looks like it would work with the dyed silks piece too :)
Off to check out Eva's blog...

Ms. said...

Very interesting piece. But to tell the truth, I read Eva's blog about this and just couldn't wrap my mind around it, much less my fingers. It is so inspiring to see you take things on and push through to finish.

ali said...

This is fascinating. I've seen it before, but I never knew what it was called, or much else about it. Your piece is lovely.

Eva said...

Deanna, this is so beautiful. It looks as if it just had been found in the sand outside Samarkand... Love the hand-dyed fabrics! And you invented a new pattern. Great!

Doris said...

I never heard about it before, thanks for letting us know. It seems to be rather easy and very expressive. I love the colors you choose.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

i saw the post on my iPhone while at mom's but was really excited about getting back home and seeing it on the big screen. this is lovely and the colors are so beautifully blended. you know i've been getting into some traditional patch patterns so this is thrilling to see. beautifully done and thank you for the links. happy day...

Rachel said...

It looks like a marble floor tile! Lovely!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hmm, this is very interesting, lots of possibilities. One could do a flying geese and curve it all around, for example. Your pillow will be gorgeous with those silks. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
best, nadia

deemallon said...

I went to tutorial - it was great! Thanks for sharing. Yours, probably because of the luscious silks, has the quality of metal to my eye - almost like a piece of armor. Stitching it to a pillow gives it nice pride of place.

liniecat said...

Ive never heard of it but will certainly look at the blog post and read up on it!
I like the effect youve got using the eco dyed fabrics, such subtle colours and it looks smashing.

kaiteM said...

This is lovely and most unusual, thankyou for bringing it to our view. It really suits your hand dyed fabrics.

Peggy said...

Wonderful -- I like how you're using so many of your eco-dyed silks lately!

karen said...

I love your constant experimentation and your enthusiasm to try out new things and I am always, always in love with your silk cloth.

Lis said...

What a great combination, the patchwork and the natural dyes, so gentle and warming.

saskia said...

interesting technique, the result is fabulous

Nat Palaskas said...

I love Korak patchwork. Ecodyed fabric is ideal because there are no two pieces the same. I will have to have a go at this - Hugs Nat

blandina said...

I never heard before about this technique, thanks for posting it.
This is the beauty of internet, a true window on the world!

Jeannie said...

It reminds me a lot of Seminole patchwork. I love what you created and how the cloth seems to melt into each other.

Anita said...

Love your silk cloth and the patchwork is pretty.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

I haven't heard about this technique... It looks interesting. I will check the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Anneliese said...

http://anaslua2.blogspot.fr/2013/08/korak-old-technique.html
Hello Deanne, I found your blogpost when I was looking for korak techniques. And I mentioned it in my post.
That's what I wanted to tell you. Thank you so much for your article.

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