Besides being fun, thread sketching is an effective way to add details that can make your work highly realistic, including subtle color shifts, intricate textures, and a sense of dimension, according to machine stitching expert Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Looking to stir up a little fun in the kitchen? Try dyeing with resists from the kitchen! You can create many of the same effects as wax batik techniques using resists off your pantry shelf.
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.
What do you do if you want to design your own fabric but can't draw or paint? According to fiber artist and surface design expert Jane Dunnewold, you can scan, cut, or snap your way to fabric design.
Are you confident in your free-motion embroidery? Or do you just wish your free-motion quilting were more . . . free? Today's guest blogger, Candy Glendening, practices her free-motion motifs in sketchbooks
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
If it's March, it must be National Craft Month, a time to celebrate our artistic pursuits and explore all the delights of new products, techniques, and spring fabric lines.
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.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
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.
In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I'm keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects.
Every sewing project comes down to two simple tools: needle and thread. But choosing the right needle and thread for the job is a more complicated task. Much depends on the fabric, the type of stitching, and the overall look you're trying to achieve with your stitching.