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Color Study Blanket - Mixture of textile materials combined into a functional piece of art. Materials include t-shirts, corduroy, satin, denim blue jeans, and hand-dyed fabrics. Exploration of textures and color relationships.
The Dark Side of the Blanket - The opposite side is a combination of band t-shirts in black and gray scale. This side is soft against the skin since these shirts were worn and washed for years before being sewn together.
Rainbow Color Study Blanket: A variety of patterns and textures were combined, unified through color relationships. Each patch was created along a grid. While the size and ratios of each patch may vary, the overall layout retains a strict 90-degree alignment.
Japan 1 Blanket: A variety of Japanese prints were combined into stripes.
Japan 1 Blanket (Detail): A variety of Japanese prints were combined into stripes.
Japan 2 Blanket: a collection of Japanese prints were combined.
Japan 2 Blanket (Detail): a collection of Japanese prints were combined.
Japan 3 Blanket
I dyed all the fabric, then sewed it. The zebra stripes on the edges were created through a process called arashi, where fabric is wrapped around a pole, bunched up, then tied with string. The dye was applied in a goey paste so it wouldn't bleed through the fabric.

The stars were applied with a sponge. First I dyed it yellow and everywhere I wanted to stay yellow I painted a star shape with wax. Then I dyed it all orange and kept some fabric orange with more wax. I continued to add darker colors, keeping the color stars where I wanted with wax. The green pattern was achieved by tying little loops around the fabric with dental floss.
Detail of quilt. I dyed the fabric, sewed it, then traced around the stars with stitching.
Detail of quilt. I dyed the fabric, sewed it, then traced around the stars with stitching.
Fruit Baby Blanket. 3 fabric prints: strawberries, watermelon, cherries.
Detail of Fruit Baby Blanket. 3 fabric prints: strawberries, watermelon, cherries.
Turtle Baby Blanket.
Green Baby Blanket. Variety of fabrics: corduroy, tie-dye, satin, and cotton.
Corduroy Blanket. Constructed of re-purposed corduroy clothing. It is much too warm. It was one of the first blankets I made and consists of corduroy on top, two layers of batting, and flannel. Cats love to lay on it.
Detail of Corduroy Blanket constructed of re-purposed corduroy clothing.
Detail of handmade blanket constructed of re-purposed corduroy clothing.
Memorial Blanket: I took the clothing of someone who passed away and created a memorial blanket for relatives.
Block Blanket: created with a variety of red, black, gray, and white fabrics. Adheres to a strict grid system.
This Memorial Blanket was created for a young woman named Jen after her mother passed away. I took her mother's clothing and created this so that she could save it for memories. I am on the left, Jen is on the right. This was volunteer work.
Jen's Memorial Blanket
Jen's Memorial Blanket - detail.
Jen's Memorial Blanket - Detail of embroidery done by hand. This is the name of Jen's mother and all of the patches are made out of Janine's clothing. This patch was attached to the backside of the blanket.
Jen's Memorial Blanket - detail. I attached my personal clothing tag to the back bottom corner of the blanket.
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Handsewn Textiles - Blankets

Handmade Blankets.

Megan Illgner
Graphic Designer Santa Barbara, CA