Eke Krug – D

D from Devoré

Inspiration: Upcycle, making something new from a piece that exists. In this series six art-quilts are made from one old damask tablecloth.

For the fourth piece of my Upcycle series of six, with the letter D I choose Devoré. Wikipedia says: Devoré (also called burnout) is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric.

I used the devoré technique om my damask tablecloth, on a piece of viscose/silk fabric, and on a linen, woven with a stainless steel yarn. On the left top of my work, a red triangle comes down. On this spot I took away the damask and you see a red silk underneath it. The piece I burned out got fragmented because of the proces, I used the couching technique to put the fragile fragments on the left side of the triangle. The viscose/georgette silk is in the bottom of the piece and the linen on the right side. A combination of hand and machine stitching is used for quilting.

The devoré tells a story to me. I see the uncertain situation in the world in it, a layer of civilization is burned away, and the rawness underneath emerges, anxious.

My piece is not finished yet, but I decided to upload it anyway. When finished next week, I will upload a new picture and remove these words.

Materials: Damask tablecloth – iron and tea for dyeing –  silk – linen/steel fabric – cotton sewing thread – cotton, silk and linen threads – 20/80 batting – cotton backside

Techniques: devoré – hand and machine stitching


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  1. This is a very interesting experiment eke. i have learnt something this morning!

  2. Beautiful use of the technique, I love your colour pallette.

  3. Your work and study on textile structures fascinate me a lot. Your every challenge is admirable and I always look forward to the next one to find out the evolution of your quilts. Excellent colours and composition and Message included. Chapeau!

  4. Maryte Collard

    Wow! I am amazed what a masterpiece can be created using one old damask tablecloth. I liked all your pieces but this is my favorite.

  5. I particularly like the different layers of textures you achieved to get on the surface od your piece, as well as the chosen colours. Beautiful !

  6. A very striking piece with great surface design. Beautiful colours, some of it rust dyed?
    Love the different textures enhanced with stitching. The composition works very well, the red being the great eye catcher. Very nice.

  7. Devore is a term I’ve not heard before and a technique I would like to learn. I really like the colors you have chosen.

  8. i once did the devore technique in the workshop with you. Took home the materials, but don’t know how to use them anymore, Very nice composition and stitching. Looking forward to the finished piece.

  9. You used an interesting technique. Colors are really beautiful.

  10. A very striking design. The technique is new to me but the resulting textures make an interesting surface.

  11. joanbrailsford

    What a stunning piece of work this is. I love the techniques you have been using in your series to produce such interesting textures and designs, and this one is no exception. There is a depth to your work that I find beautiful, and which shows more detail the closer I look. Wonderful

  12. Love your series theme and your choice of technique explored in this one. Great connection to the situation we live in too!

  13. studiociboulette

    Beautiful technique and quilting. I love the contrast of your colors. Bravo.

  14. The story of your quilt and the techniques you’ve used to create it gives it depth, beautiful colors and texture. Stunning!

  15. Very effective piece with a great detail and character; great colours and texture created both with the different fabrics and the stitching.

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