Quilting embellishments for art quilts run the gamut from beading and embroidery first popularized when crazy quilting began in the Victorian era, to metal pieces, found objects, and even lighting. In fact, today's contemporary fiber artists who experiment with unusual quilt embellishments incorporate elements of crazy quilting in their fiber art, breaking the rules and stretching the boundaries.
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.
In Florabundance: An embellished and embroidered patchwork paper collage, Jill A. Kennedy shows how to make a crazy quilt-style paper quilt using decorative crazy quilt stitches and beaded embellishment.
Jamie Fingal creates modern versions of the crazy quilt, using metal embellishments like zippers, safety pins, and hardware to enhance her rebel quilting style. In Put a Little Zip in Your Art Quilts: Designing and Embellishing with Zippers, Jamie shows how to give your quilt design some "tooth."
|This embellished mixed-media paper quilt by
Jill A. Kennedy has many of the characteristics
of a crazy quilt.
Fiber artist and jewelry maker Mary Hettmansperger explores Metal as a Surface Embellishment
, focusing on how to use metal cloth for quilting embellishments. Heat, patina solution, and hammering can all change the look and texture of hardware cloth, mesh, and screen for use in fabric embellishing.
Stef Francis shows you how to have Fun with Silk Rods, Cocoons, and Bark, turning these hand-dyed natural treasures into quilting embellishments that lend richness and whimsy to your fiber art.
Finally, Cheryl Sleboda shines a light on modern embellishment techniques with Light Up Your Art Quilts, Embellishing with LED Electronics.
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|Zippers make fun and unusual quilt embellishments. (Art by Jamie Fingal)
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