Thursday, 23 February 2012

Dreaming of Borneo

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I first showed you this piece back in October here. I also discussed how I made the stamps here.

art quilt

It is long overdue but I have finally got around to finishing it. I am not going to lie to you, I was looking to finish quickly as I had long lost any inspiration regarding the piece, but as I mentioned before it is a piece I use to demonstrate stamping, and as some people seem to turn up at more than one group, I felt I needed to get it off the UFO list.

art quilt

With that frame of mind I decided to print off some scanned images and put them onto fabric and just slap them on. I was doing a test print in paper first to check the alignment, when I decided to just skip printing it onto fabric and make some fabric paper instead. As you can see I stitched the images down with monofilament thread and I was done. 

art quilt

It won't be hanging in any art galleries or on a wall in my home for that matter, but for a sample it does just fine.
Stay tuned for info on fabric paper in case you don't know what I am talking about (and if you can't wait visit Leslies blog, she uses it a lot). Plus I also want to share with you the method I used for the edging on this piece.

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Friday, 17 February 2012

fabric friday (kind of...)

fabric heart

Ever since I began painting fabric I have been saving the selvedges.

fabric heart

Sometimes they are painted in situ and then removed. Sometimes they are removed before painting and then I keep them to mop up any bits of paint that have are left over. (I know, I need to get a life!)

fabric heart

I have already made a diary cover with them, but you only ever need one of those, and I did attempt making a pencil case, but zips are really not my thing and I don't want to have to repeat that experience too often!

I can maybe see a string quilt in my future but before I commit to that I am looking for suggestions. Any ideas?

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A Miss Havisham Heart

fabric heart

There is so much going on at the moment about the birth of Charles Dickens 200 years ago, I thought I would get in on the act.

fabric heart

I have named this 'Miss Havisham's Heart'.

fabric heart

fabric heart

HAPPY VALENTINES!


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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Using scraps....fabric heart

fabric heart

I have long been an admirer of the work of Terri Stegmiller, and have particularly liked the mosaic technique that she uses on some pieces. She recently posted a tutorial for this heart quilt, and I wanted to have a go. 

fabric heart

A special friend has a big birthday on Valentines day, so I have started to put together my own heart.
The colours have been chosen to co-ordinate with  a lovely grey felted cowl scarf that I bought from this Etsy shop

fabric heart

I plan to add some french knots and maybe some beads and turn it into a hanging heart ornament.
Stay tuned!

fabric heart


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I like this.

I thought I would start what will hopefully turn out to be a regular feature by highlighting books and other art quilting resources that I have found particularly useful to my learning. Things that I genuinely own and use.

Back in October, over on my other blog, I shared with you Laurie Wisbrun's book The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric  to give it it's UK title/ Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design to give it it's US title.


designing and printing on fabric
My fabric is in this chapter!

Back then I said I would go into a bit more detail of what was between the covers and better late than never, here is a closer look.

designing and printing on fabric

I initially bought this book for obvious reasons, and did not know what to expect. Having owned it now for a couple of months I would recommend it, even if my fabric wasn't in it.
Anyone, who has any interest in dyeing, painting, printing or digitally designing their own fabric can benefit. It is a complete resource on all things creative, regarding fabric, and many of the tutorials could easily be applied to other crafts. 

designing and printing on fabric

Apart from the chapter headings that I have shown, there are also informative chapters on Understanding Patterns, Sourcing Inspiration and Designing patterns. There are interviews with leaders in the field such as the girls from Ink and Spindle and tutorials from Malka Dubrawsky (dyeing) and Jesse Breytenbach (block printing) to name but a few.

designing and printing on fabric

There are useful sections on using photoshop, scanning and digital designing, plus much more.


designing and printing on fabric

This book has already proved itself useful in a number of areas I and see it as an invaluable addition to my bookshelf.

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Friday, 3 February 2012

stencilled -fabric friday

Playing, with doodles and freezer paper...

stencilling on fabric

...positive and negative...


...stamping and stencilling...

stencilling on fabric

...black and white...

Not the neatest of results (.. in a bit of a hurry) but I did have fun.

hand painting fabric tutorials

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