Of all the printmaking techniques for fabric, sun printing has to be one of the most fun. It's truly magical to watch the "prints" develop right before your eyes. All the printmaking supplies you need are the sun, stencils or objects to "resist" the light, fabric, and a chemical solution that reacts to UV light.
Many of us cherish the heirloom block quilts handed down to us--or even the ones we discover at flea markets and thrift shops. But when it comes to our own quilting, we like a more contemporary style.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
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 know quilters who enjoy piecing quilts and quilters who enjoy free-motion stitching quilts. But I don't know too many whose favorite part of quilting is cutting the fabric--especially if they're preparing to make a large patchwork quilt. Cutting takes a long time and it can be back-breaking work.
When all the prep work is done on your art quilts
and it's time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On
pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric
pieces meet at the seams).
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 is modern quilting? There's no set definition. Typically, though, modern quilts have large fields of solid colors, take an improvisational approach to cutting and piecing, and highlight contemporary commercial fabrics.
You would think that everything you could do with fabric, fibers, and
shapes had been done before. But from art quilts to modern quilts to
traditional quilts, each one offered a new experience in fiber art.
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.
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
Usually when hand-dyeing fabric
you're trying to put color in. With discharge dyeing, your objective is
to remove color in an artistic way. You can create patterns on fabrics
using many of the same methods you would use for other surface design
processes, including painting and shibori techniques.
In Quilt Embellishments: 5 Free Quilt Embellishment Ideas including Crazy Quilting and Surface Embellishment, you'll find inspiration and how-tos for creating embellished fiber art in a contemporary way.
If you've never hand-dyed fabric before, the process can seem intimidating. Yet learning how to dye fabric is not that different from learning how to cook. If you follow the recipe and take simple safety precautions, you will almost always end up with a feast of delicious color.