Here's a fun and easy project that will not only help you use up large fabric scraps
but will serve as a useful decoration in your studio, bedroom, or a
college dorm. You could even piece the covers from smaller scraps for a
For a long time I have admired the fabric painting
talents of Judy Coates Perez. Judy's stitching is also stellar, but her
ability to create lifelike imagery on fabric with precision and nuances
really stands out. (And, like me, she has a thing for birds.)
The Internet has had a profound effect on how the quilting and fiber art communities communicate. Sharing and selling your art, learning about and teaching techniques--it can all be done from your computer.
My garden is bursting with color right now, with zinnias, dahlias,
marigolds, and rainbow Swiss chard all putting on a show. I would love
to capture the deep and varied hues on fabric, and there are several
options including painting on fabric, piecing hand-dyed fabrics, and thread painting.
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.
This summer has hardly begun, and it's already been a busy one for my family: graduation, a college orientation trip, camp drop-offs, and even a few hours of gardening.
If you're a fiber artist, is it possible to see a tangle of silk
ribbons, a hank of hand-dyed wool fibers, or a stack of thick felt
without wanting to reach out and touch it? Perhaps that's why I like needle-felting so much.
Join award-winning artist Lyric Kinard for her live online seminar, Principles of Design in Fiber, Arts & Crafts. Lyric describes the elements of art as letters of the alphabet which form the visual language. She will teach you a few basic facts about the function of these elements so you can raise your creative work to a higher level of artistry.
So often when we approach a quilting project, we focus on the fabric. But thread art--from the color choice to the free-motion quilting or thread sketching--is also a key design element.
When anyone asks me how to make quilts with free-form, contemporary designs, I often want tell them I can sum it up in two words: trial and error.
Want to stay cool with a hot surface design technique this summer? Learn How to Dye Fabric with Ice from expert Lynda Heines.
As editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, I have the opportunity to learn from a wide array of contemporary art quilters and try out all the latest quilting and surface design supplies and tools. Yes, I know I'm lucky!
One of the easiest ways to make a quilt top is to fuse the fabric pieces in place to create the design. Fabric fusing is the perfect method for contemporary quilt artists who like to improvise in their quilt making.
What are your favorite color combinations for quilt art and surface design? I particularly love the combination of hot pink with orange and turquoise. Or red, yellow, and orange together. And then there are the sun-washed combinations of yellow, blue, and green.