Many fiber artists use a sketchbook to collect ideas, record textures, try out layouts, and even sketch. But how do you transfer drawings you love to your fabric designs? One way is to make a stamp for printing 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.
Who says ornaments are just for Christmas? Many people decorate branches with egg ornaments to celebrate all things springy--and with my fondness for fabric art featuring nests and birds you know I can't resist eggs either.
A few weeks ago on Facebook I noticed a conversation among fiber artists on the best way to organize their fabric stash.
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.
In our eBook Free Hand Sewing Techniques for Quilters: Learn Hand Embroidery, Stitches, and Trapunto, you'll get four hand stitching tutorials with a variety of hand embroidery techniques.
Many readers have commented on how much they like Deborah Hyde's artwork on the cover of the April/May 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. In addition to the sheer beauty of the work, they are amazed at, and curious about, how Deborah manages to sew those 1" squares together.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
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.
During the time when I was regularly creating prayer flags, I made a series with tiny paper tags attached. On the tag I glued words cut from old books--little phrases that fit the intention of the flag.
I love a good map. I think this fascination started as a child when my family took road trips all over New England. We would pile into the family sedan, my father always driving, and my mother always knitting in the front seat.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two.