Sokittome – the idea and the process.


You are all sharing in the design ideas for this quilt. I could have really appliquéd it but you all know I love to draw stuff so that’s what I decided to do. There will be appliqué on the quilt and quite a few embellishments but at this stage I’m just doing the drawings.

I drew the images  in pencil first using the good old sock as a guide. I’ve added a few extra bits of my own, because I can.

To make the pattern I drew over the pencil lines with a pigment ink pen, and let it dry for a few hours then rubbed out the pencil. To be honest, I didn’t do too much in pencil on the second sock, I just used the first one as a guide and took the plunge and drew directly  in pen. Scary indeed but lets live dangerously.

The next step is to put this image on fabric. It’s not the fabric I’m using for the quilt background…… simply because I have no idea what I’m going to do or use for the background at this stage, but these guys will be drawn on white fabric, coloured and then appliquéd on the background  whatever it may be.

The sock drawing is put on the light box and I’m using a white Japara fabric chat is a very close weave.

Don’t prewash the fabric, I was the substantial sizing left in the fabric.

Japara is a Waxed cotton as the name suggests, cotton impregnated with a paraffin based wax, woven into a cloth. Widely used from the mid-19th century to the mid-1950s, the product,which originated in the sailing industry in Scotland, became widely used by many for waterproofing. 


I’m using a staedler 0.1 pen, it’s very fine because I don’t want the outline to take over the quilt. It’s a very busy drawing.

Yes, I’m going to free motion quilt over every line, but unlike some quilts where I’ve used black thread as the outline, I’m going to use smoke monofilament  (At this stage of the planning anyway)


Because I’ve done the original drawing, I don’t have to trace everything from the pattern underneath the fabric… I’ll wing it a bit, I’ve just drawn the main lines  in the top of the sock the rest I can do freehand.


This is as much as I can do today… I was up at 5.30 doing a study on the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh for an upcoming class. I had a morning doing business with my super PA, grandies to teach sewing to, then the bike Race the Tour Down Under to photograph… and to say the least I’m a bit tired and I haven’t put in my time on the Bayeux today.

The images below are the wall I look at  when I’m drawing, precious things that remind me of the wonderful places I’ve visited over the past few years. Wedding beads from Kenya, a painting from Haiti and a Milagros from Mexico. It’s a riot of color and the way I love to work. Joy.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Baker says:

    So, you put fabric down then draw on it with the pigma pens for design? Are you just using the pens or doing designs by thread too? This will be very colorful.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Peggy, yes, I draw on the fabric by tracing the image, then I will stitch it, well it will be quilted and appliquéd at the same time.

  2. would you consider giving a class or a course-workshop by internet?
    I am very interested in Van Gogh paintings and would really like very much to .hear about your views on the colour and how to machineembellish a painting of his.
    thanks for answering
    I live in Majorca-Spain

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Maria, yes, its on the list. Its something we have planned for some time, but have been waiting to get the new blog and web page up.

  3. Michele Fetter says:

    I’m very new to this process. My friend took a few of your classes in Shipshewana IN and loved your class. I bought the Zig black pen, a set of markers (which I’m returning) and have ordered a set that will arrive soon and possibly be totally wrong. I’ve worked with India ink ages ago. What markers are the best and what ones are totally taboo? I’m sure you have answered this in other posts and I’ve missed it but I find I miss the boat a lot. Thanks for sharing your talent. You are, as my friend Sheri said, awesome.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Michele. you need pigment ink pens only. I use Tsukineko or Zig. They are permanent and won’t damage the fabric. Other pens could run or wash out when you wet them. Indian ink is perfect and is a pigment ink.
      Don’t use markers that smell like spirit… they will eventually destroy the fabric as well as have an unfavorable effect on your fabric. As they say in Ireland, bless your hands.

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