Tag: Surface Design

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Transfer Photo to Fabric: Tips for Using Citra Solv

Have you ever tried using Citra Solv all-purpose cleaner to transfer photo to fabric? I love this image transfer technique because it’s quick, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of space or materials. Citra Solv is an indirect image transfer method where the image is printed on paper and then transferred from the paper to…

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Easy Ways to Make a Stencil for Fabric Painting

The days until Christmas and Hanukah are dwindling. I don’t know about you, but I’m already starting to worry there won’t be enough time to order all of my supplies and to finish the holiday projects I have planned on time. In an effort to stave off my anxiety, I decided to take a look…

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Fabric Painting Designs: Color-Wash Printing

There are so many options when it comes to fabric painting and surface design techniques. You can use one technique to create a vibrant piece of art or you can layer multiple techniques to create something entirely different—yet no less gorgeous. Color-wash printing is an excellent fabric painting design that is both quick and easy.…

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Quilting Arts Magazine December 2016/January 2017

  Make time for art quilting as you explore the inspirational and creative possibilities found in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. For those who love hand stitching, meet contemporary art quilter Susan Lenz whose approach to fiber is fresh and innovative. In addition, we’ve included a pattern for a little “Etui”…

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Block Printing

What is block printing? The art of block printing on textiles goes back over 2,000 years. While the first blocks for printing were made from terracotta or clay, those carved from wood proved to be the most prevalent. Wood blocks allowed for intricate designs to be captured on a sturdy surface that would stand up…

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Screen Printing

What is screen printing? According to the dictionary, screen printing is a printmaking technique where mesh cloth, or silkscreen, is stretched over a wooden frame and a design is painted onto the material. Once the resist is in place, a squeegee pulls the printing medium across the surface to force color through the openings of…

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Shibori Techniques for All!

When it comes to fabric dyeing, my favorite techniques have got to be shibori. What is shibori and how is it different from the other fabric dyeing techniques, you ask? Shibori is a Japanese method of dyeing that uses folding, wrapping, or stitching as a dye resist to create patterned fabric. Other dyeing techniques treat…

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Let’s Talk About Surface Design with Jane Dávila

A couple of months ago I spent the day with Jane Dávila while she was filming lessons for her Craft Online University course, Printing on Fabric with Natural Materials. I watched in awe as she deftly printed fabric using fruits, vegetables, and even rubber fish. It looked like such fun I could barely wait to…

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Quilters and Surface Designers

The grass is turning green, flowers are starting to bloom, and the days are getting longer–I think spring has sprung! Now that the season is in full swing, Mother’s Day must be just around the corner. In honor of this special day devoted to mom, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite resources on everything…