Playing with your pre-programmed sewing machine stitches can be a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon. The plethora of stitches on some machines could keep you busy for hours--but what about some of the utilitarian stitches we all know and love?
How do you find time to work on your fabric art? It's a question I hear often (sometimes in my own head).
Spring is such a busy time of year: graduations, wedding showers, barbecues, the end of the school year, and so on. It seems I always need an idea for a quick gift for a teacher, hostess, or guest of honor.
That's when my bin of fabric scraps and list of fabric art projects come to the rescue.
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.
Of all the ways of finishing a quilt, creating a facing will give an art quilt the most contemporary, clean look, says Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Hand quilting is truly a labor of love. The choice to hand quilt instead of finishing by machine can be made for many reasons.
"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?
At our weekly office show-and-tell, assistant editors Kristine Lundblad and Barbara Delaney both had quilts to reveal. Barb showed hers without a quilt binding, because as soon as she finished adding it, she will rush to the post office and mail the quilt to her new baby granddaughter.
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.
What's black and white and fun all over? One of Jamie Fingal's quilts. Jamie considers herself a rebel quilter, saying "no" to batting, bindings, pins, and rules
When I started hand stitching
as a girl, I focused on traditional techniques like counted cross
stitch and projects like samplers. It wasn't until many years later that
I realized I could take my hand stitches anywhere I wanted them to go,
without following a pre-determined pattern.
The new school year starts in a few days, and as soon as I get the kids' supplies in order, I will start thinking about teacher gifts.
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.
When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding. You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.