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.
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.
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.
At our show-and-tell circle at the Quilting Arts-Stitch-Cloth Paper Scissors offices this week, Stitch Editor Amber Eden showed us a spread in a major fashion magazine that revealed quilting is a fashion trend.
Last Tuesday at our staff's weekly show & tell circle, our newest colleague, Stitch
magazine Assistant Editor Abby Kaufman, showed us a small quilt she's
working on. We were all very impressed with the project, especially as
she is quilting it by hand.
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.
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.
flowers lend beauty and texture to a piece of fiber art, but they are
not easily accomplished. When I saw Barb Forrister's demonstration of
how to make realistic looking flowers with a combination of machine
embroidery and surface design techniques, however, I was intrigued and
wanted to share the process with you.
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'm a sucker for bag and purse patterns. If they feature appliqué hexagons or are made with a fun, contemporary fabric, so much the better.
As you read this, picture me curled up on a comfortable chair by the fire, hand sewing. Although that's probably not the case, it's certainly what I would like to be doing on a cold, snowy day, wouldn't you?
Hand-sewing techniques and embroidery are so much easier if you use the right tools. Sharp needles, tiny scissors, and exquisite threads are in every sewing kit, but the humble thimble is often overlooked.
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.