The Trapunto technique produces puffed-up areas like this example:
|Modern trapunto design.|
In the class I was in, we embroidered a design on hooped fabric and batting. To complete the table runner, we added a border and used a couple of tools to produce mitered corners and a folded-over backing-binding. I ran out of time at the end of class to complete the backing/binding so I needed to finish it at home.
|My flat table runner at the end of class.|
The design does not look Trapunto-style at all. In fact, it looks pretty darn flat. When I asked the instructor what was Trapunto about this runner, she said that the class kit contained the wrong batting. It should have contained the polyester higher-loft batting, not the standard cotton batting we were provided.
Once home, I thought I would try to improve it. I found instructions from Viking on using embroidery to make a Trapunto Table Runner. The instructions indicate to trim the stitched designs and batting to 1/4 inch outside the stitching line. So I trimmed the batting away from the back of the designs as much as I could, and added another layer of batting for the entire table runner, and stitched-in-the-ditch. After it is done, it didn't really make a difference.
|Completed and non-trapunto looking.|
I have to say that this class was disappointing. I didn't do anything special that I could not have done at home. Also, what I came to learn, Trapunto, did not happen. The good news is that I got to shop the vendors after class and find more new projects and tools for my hobby. I also have another class tomorrow for more fun!