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.
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
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
In our new eBook, Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art, you will learn the most common types of stabilizers and how to use them.
Have you taken any photos lately and thought, "That would make a great quilt"?
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.
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.
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.
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 way to practice your free-motion stitching
skills and add a mixed-media element to your machine quilting. In honor
of Valentine's Day, it's heart art from our sister publication Cloth Paper Scissors, one of my favorite sources of fiber art inspiration.
Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them:
When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting, I fell in love with it.