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.
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.
What makes a quilter a quilter? Certainly, we are unique individuals with our own creative impulses and drives, but we do have so much in common--including a sense of humor.
Kevin Kosbab, of Feed Dog Designs, is one of a small but extremely
talented group of male quilters in the female-dominated world of fiber
art. Kevin has designed projects for our sister publication Stitch since the second issue and more recently his designs have been featured in Modern Patchwork magazine.
In our new eBook, Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art, you will learn the most common types of stabilizers and how to use them.
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
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a
tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or
frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best?
Here it is, the second week of January, and I still haven't settled on
my Word of the Year. You know, the mantra that you use to help you focus
on what you want to accomplish before the next time the ball drops.
When I'm on vacation I always like to set aside a few hours in the studio for catching up on fiber art techniques I've wanted to explore. With a New Year beginning, it's a great time to make a list of art goals and then strategize on ways to learn techniques, explore supplies, and improve your skills.
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern
You don't have to have scores of computerized embroidery stitches on
your sewing machine to create beautiful machine embroidery designs. Just
a few stitches and tutorials from free-motion embroidery experts will
allow you to achieve the artistry you're looking for.
Do you have small pieces of MistyfuseTM, fabric scraps, tulle, and little bits of thread, fibers, yarn, and roving you just can't bear to part with?
Have you taken any photos lately and thought, "That would make a great quilt"?
I am simply in love with Lotta Jansdotter's designs. Maybe it's our
shared Scandinavian heritage (she's Swedish; my ancestors hail from
Denmark), but there is something about her simple, colorful, and modern
fabric collections that I can't resist.
I've heard of using aloe vera gel as a natural healing remedy for skin
conditions. But did you know clear aloe vera gel can be used to achieve
finer painting results on fabric?