I have quite a stash of hand-dyed silk ribbon, beads, buttons, and trims that I could use to embellish a quilt. The trouble is, aside from my small fabric collages, I haven't been making embellished quilts recently.
To celebrate the debut of Kevin Kosbab's new book, The Quilter's Appliqué Workshop, Kevin and a cadre of contemporary appliqué artists--plus Quilting Daily--have gotten together for a blog hop, with giveaways and more.
If you love scraps and buttons, I have a fabric art
project for you. Plus, if you enjoy a little paint with your fiber art,
so much the better: this how-to will give you a chance to showcase your
artwork everywhere you go.
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.
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.
When you're looking for a quick sewing project for your home or a gift, a pillow is the perfect solution. Whether you make a simple pillow cover from scratch or purchase a plain one, you can add a personal creative touch with a variety of embellishment techniques.
In my book, there are few fiber art projects that can't be improved with a little hand embroidery. Hand stitches add interest, texture, and the personal touch of the artist.
Shells hold a particular fascination for many fiber and mixed-media artists. You can use found shells to embellish an art quilt. Or the colors, textures, patterns, and matte or iridescent surfaces of shells can be interpreted in fabric, surface design, beadwork, and fibers.
Of all the embellishment techniques you've used in your quilting, have you ever tried laminated imagery? I know I haven't. But when Stella Belikiewicz submitted her tutorial for using lamination to embellish her art quilts, we were captivated by the results.
more closely I watch birds, the more fascinated I have become with
trying to capture their colors and textures using fabric and stitchery. I have developed a design and sewing technique for "capturing the moment" in cloth and quilting stitches.
Here's a little exercise that gives you a chance to flex your mixed-media stitch muscles and produce a little piece of fabric art.
I returned to New England from QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, this week, I
couldn't help but notice: it snowed again while I was gone. Yes, while I
was in the climate-controlled comfort of the exhibit halls surrounded
by colorful quilts--and quilters--Mother Nature had thrown another heavy
blanket of snow over my region.
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
Did you ever have one of those quilts that was almost finished, but just needed a little something? A little sparkle, a little more texture, a little oomph to catch the eye? Chances are, what the quilt needed was some embellishment.
My wardrobe isn't fussy or frou-frou, but I do like to dress up and outfit with a unique—preferably handmade—accessories. For an evening out, especially around the holidays, I like to embellish with a little sparkle.