What's black and white and fun all over? One of Jamie Fingal's quilts. Jamie considers herself a rebel quilter, saying "no" to batting, bindings, pins, and rules
I must be the queen of the tote bags. I have them in all shapes and sizes, from the $1.99 variety with department stores logos to artfully hand-crafted varieties. Reversible Patchwork Tote by Pokey Bolton, featured on "QATV." I like to stitch...
Few machine stitching
problems vex quilters as much as thread tension troubles. Skipped
stitches, loops forming on the top or bottom of the stitch line,
puckering always seem to arise at an inconvenient time.
In the August/September 2013 issue of Quilting Arts, we challenged our readers to create an 8" x 10" art quilt based on "Friendship and Devotion." Have you sent in your entry? If not, there's still time but hurry! Strong friendships...
Usually when hand-dyeing fabric
you're trying to put color in. With discharge dyeing, your objective is
to remove color in an artistic way. You can create patterns on fabrics
using many of the same methods you would use for other surface design
processes, including painting and shibori techniques.
In Quilt Embellishments: 5 Free Quilt Embellishment Ideas including Crazy Quilting and Surface Embellishment, you'll find inspiration and how-tos for creating embellished fiber art in a contemporary way.
When I started hand stitching
as a girl, I focused on traditional techniques like counted cross
stitch and projects like samplers. It wasn't until many years later that
I realized I could take my hand stitches anywhere I wanted them to go,
without following a pre-determined pattern.
There is something about crafting the items you use around the house that elevates them from just functional to both fabulous and functional.
I have long admired mixed-media and fiber artist Jeanne Williamson's body of work inspired by construction fencing. For several years now, Jeanne has made contemporary abstractions that combine the grid from these plastic orange fences and rich, textured mixed-media surfaces often using monoprinting techniques on fabric.
Our family dog, Elvis, is a real ham. He's always ready for his
close-up, even when he's sleeping. The only trouble is, it's hard to
capture his face without it looking like one big black wrinkle. You have
to get him in just the right light to reveal his expression.
As the school year begins, I wonder: Is this the year I will finally
figure out the perfect solution to organizing the family? With only two
kids still at home, will the magic formula for corralling papers,
supplies, keys, and permissions slips present itself?
Want to know how to machine quilt or improve your existing skills? Join artist Sarah Ann Smith for an informative web seminar, Mechanics of Machine Quilting, on Thursday, September 5, at 12p.m. EST. Learn the fundamentals of the quilting process!
Beaded embellishments can enhance your fiber art, adding
texture, pattern, sparkle and richness. Bead embroidery can be a wonderfully
creative, relaxing activity, and smaller projects, such as ornaments, are a
great way to explore beadwork in a non-intimidating way.
Do you learn better through watching a demonstration or by reading
directions? I fall into the former category, and I suspect many others with an
artistic eye do, too.
The new school year starts in a few days, and as soon as I get the kids' supplies in order, I will start thinking about teacher gifts.