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.
For many of us, coloring books were our first foray into the Zen-like focus color play can bring. Time spent in my studio rearranging textiles for fabric art brings me back to those days.
I'm so excited to share a new season of" Quilting Arts TV" with you, especially the debut of our new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Photos and sketchbooks can help you keep track of textures and patterns when you travel. But you can also collect these souvenirs in a more tactile way--by painting on fabric.
When creating quilted wall hangings, what do you use for inspiration? Many quilt artists take their cue from their own photos.
I love dyeing fabric with Procion-MX Fiber Reactive dyes, they allow me to create fabric that is just the color and visual texture that I need for each of my textile art projects
You know how one piece of sparkly jewelry or a metallic accessory can enliven an outfit? Using foil in your surface design can do the same thing for textile art.
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.
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.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern