Gloria E's Favorites

  • A New Method for Painting on Fabric - Tips for Using Inktense Blocks

    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...
  • Add Depth to Fabric Art with Double Thread Stitching

    Being on set when we taped the most recent Quilting Arts Workshop TM videos was a real education. Not only did I learn how the videos are taped, but I also picked up lots of tips for quilting and fabric art . Dimensional fiber art by Barbara Schneider...
  • Basic Tips for Sewing Beads on Fabric

    Beaded embellishments can enhance your fiber art, adding texture, pattern, sparkle and richness. Bead embroidery can be a wonderfully creative, relaxing activity, and smaller projects, such as ornaments, are a great way to explore beadwork in a non-intimidating...
  • Batik Made Easy: Hot Tips from Kathy York

    I like to think I'm always open to trying new things, especially when it comes to surface design methods. But there was one technique I shied away from: batik. I loved the effects, but doing it myself always seemed so complicated and time consuming...
  • Digital Screen Printing Design: Watch and Learn

    Do you learn better through watching a demonstration or by reading directions? I fall into the former category, and I suspect many others with an artistic eye do, too. Screen-printed pillow, designed on the computer, by Margaret Applin. For me, this is...
  • Eye-popping Portraits using Fabric Painting Techniques

    Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they can also be the devil to capture accurately in a fabric portrait. Fiber artists use all kinds of tricks to make eyes look natural and alive. Some do it with thread, others with fabric choice and placement...
  • Fabric Art Buttons You Can Make in a Snap

    If you love scraps and buttons, I have a fabric art project for you. Plus, if you enjoy a little paint with your fiber art, so much the better: this how-to will give you a chance to showcase your artwork everywhere you go. Handmade fabric art buttons...
  • Fabric Painting DIY: How to Make Stencils from Fusible Interfacing

    I am as vulnerable as the next fiber artist to the siren call of new surface design tools. Each time a designer comes out with a new line of stencils, for example, I'm sure I absolutely have to have them. Jane Dunnewold shows how to make stencils...
  • Fabric Painting: An Easy DIY Technique

    Fabric painting is a fun way to create your own distinctive fabrics for quilting and mixed-media fiber art. In the 2011/12 issue of International Quilt Festival/Quilt Scene , Bonita Rose Kempenich showed this very easy technique for how to paint fabric...
  • Get More Precise Fabric Painting Results with this Ingredient

    I've heard of using aloe vera gel as a natural healing remedy for skin conditions. But did you know clear aloe vera gel can be used to achieve finer painting results on fabric? Painting on fabric by Judy Coates Perez. Art quilter Judy Coates Perez...
  • Get Organized: Baskets You Can Quilt in a Day

    In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I'm keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects . Hanging storage baskets you can quilt in a day, by Candy Glendening. While I was shooting "Quilting Arts TV " episodes...
  • How to Hand Dye Fabric with Stencils and Discharge Agents

    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...
  • How to Make a Collagraph for Monoprinting Fabric

    If you want to give your art quilts or fiber art a unique design, one of the easiest ways is with fabric painting and surface design techniques. And one of the simplest ways to apply fabric paints or inks in a unique way is with monoprinting. Margarita...
  • How to Make a Quilt Sleeve, Step By Step

    Put this in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A few weeks ago, Assistant Editor Kristine Lundblad came up with a terrific way to solve a problem we have at Quilting Arts . Many of the beautiful art quilts we receive for challenges...
  • How to Make Beaded Fringe

    My wardrobe isn't fussy or frou-frou, but I do like to dress up an outfit with a unique — preferably handmade — accessories. For an evening out, especially around the holidays, I like to embellish with a little sparkle. Silk Art Scarf...
  • How to Quilt by Hand: Tips for Success

    A note from Vivika: Last year, Quilting Arts editors Rose DeBoer and Kristine Lundblad helped restore a coworker's heirloom handmade quilt that had been damaged seemingly beyond repair. With ingenuity and tiny stitches, Rose and Kristine revived the...
  • Imaginative Hand Sewing with the Buttonhole Stitch

    As you read this, picture me curled up on a comfortable chair by the fire, hand sewing . Although that's probably not the case, it's certainly what I would like to be doing on a cold, snowy day, wouldn't you? A field of buttonhole stitch flowers...
  • Keep Quilt Squares Aligned with a Fusible Interfacing Fabric Grid

    Many readers have commented on how much they like Deborah Hyde's artwork on the cover of the April/May 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine . In addition to the sheer beauty of the work, they are amazed at, and curious about, how Deborah manages to...
  • Let Your Sewing Techniques Take Wing

    While Vivika is on leave, guest bloggers are filling in, and we're also revisiting some of our readers' favorite posts. This one , Vivika's first as editor of Quilting Arts , looks at how she makes her bird quilts look so realistic through...
  • Machine Embroidery Exercise for Blending and Shading with Thread

    One of the differences between art quilting and traditional quilting as that in art quilting, thread is almost always part of the design. The choice of thread in machine embroidery , in particular, can affect the look of the quilt. Selecting a single...
  • Machine Stitching: Tension Troubleshooting Tips

    Few machine stitching problems vex quilters as much as thread tension troubles. Skipped stitches, loops forming on the top or bottom of the stitch line, puckering always seem to arise at an inconvenient time. (Not that there's a good time for a tension...
  • Make a Mini Coin Purse and Other Quilted Bags

    From quilted tote bags to little purses, I'm kind of a sucker for handmade bags. My mini coin purse. Whether simply stitched or pieced and quilted, bag patterns come in many varieties. Once you find a couple of favorites, you can change the look and...
  • Modern Quilting Designs: Filling the Negative Space

    Clean lines and contemporary versions of traditional quilt patterns are the hallmarks of modern quilting designs . And while many modern-style quilters like to use simple, straight quilting patterns, others like to use the wide-open fields of solid fabric...
  • Paint a Shibori Forest

    Usually when we hear the word shibori, we think of dyeing . Shibori dyeing come from the Japanese term for several methods of resist dyeing using binding or tying, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping to create patterns. 'Fall...
  • Perk Up Pillows with Embellishment Techniques

    When you're looking for a quick sewing project for your home or a gift, a pillow is the perfect solution. Whether you make a simple pillow cover from scratch or purchase a plain one, you can add a personal creative touch with a variety of embellishment...
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  • Surface Design Expert Jane Dunnewold's Foiling Tips

    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. Jane Dunnewold uses fabric painting techniques, dyeing, and foiling to create her complex...
  • Three Fast and Easy Surface Design Techniques

    I'm at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this week, soaking up all the fabric, quilting, and surface design ideas I can and meeting up with old and new fiber art friends. The only downside is that it's a little like walking into...
  • Tips for How to Appliqué Circles

    Last week I blogged about tricks for machine stitching in circles . Today, I thought I'd share how to appliqué a circle. Curved piecing and hand appliqué make this table runner by Brigitte Heitland distinctive. Whether you hand appliqué...
  • Top 5 Easy Studio Storage Solutions

    W henever Studios Editor Cate Prato asks readers what they want to see most in that magazine, the top answer is always--by far--storage and organization tips. Let's face it: art quilters and mixed-media artists have a lot of stuff. Even if you prefer...
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