One of my favorite parts of being a fiber artist is that it gives me permission to play. Rearranging colorful squares of fabric, printing and painting on fabric--they all lighten my mood and bring out the kid in me.
No matter which fabric dyeing techniques you use, dyeing fabric can be a fun--some might even say transformative--creative experience. Pulling the hand-dyed fabric from the dye bath to reveal the colors and patterns you have created is absolutely magical.
Of all the printmaking techniques for fabric, sun printing has to be one of the most fun. It's truly magical to watch the "prints" develop right before your eyes. All the printmaking supplies you need are the sun, stencils or objects to "resist" the light, fabric, and a chemical solution that reacts to UV light.
For many of us, coloring books were our first foray into the Zen-like focus color play can bring. Time spent in my studio rearranging textiles for fabric art brings me back to those days.
I'm so excited to share a new season of" Quilting Arts TV" with you, especially the debut of our new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Photos and sketchbooks can help you keep track of textures and patterns when you travel. But you can also collect these souvenirs in a more tactile way--by painting on fabric.
I love dyeing fabric with Procion-MX Fiber Reactive dyes, they allow me to create fabric that is just the color and visual texture that I need for each of my textile art projects
You know how one piece of sparkly jewelry or a metallic accessory can enliven an outfit? Using foil in your surface design can do the same thing for textile art.
When I make small fiber art projects such as prayer flags, I usually start with a vintage textile like a linen napkin or a salvaged piece of a worn-out quilt as my base.
In my travels to quilt shows, exhibits, and "Quilting Arts TV" tapings, as well as virtual traveling via social media, I'm seeing a big return to some of the traditional sewing crafts like smocking, tucking, and hand appliqué.
Looking to stir up a little fun in the kitchen? Try dyeing with resists from the kitchen! You can create many of the same effects as wax batik techniques using resists off your pantry shelf.
What do you do if you want to design your own fabric but can't draw or paint? According to fiber artist and surface design expert Jane Dunnewold, you can scan, cut, or snap your way to fabric design.
Are you confident in your free-motion embroidery? Or do you just wish your free-motion quilting were more . . . free? Today's guest blogger, Candy Glendening, practices her free-motion motifs in sketchbooks
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
on textile art refers to changing the look of fabric through techniques
such as low-water immersion dyeing, batik, and discharge dyeing (or
removing the color from the fabric), or stamping, stenciling, and