Monday, February 25, 2013

Embroidered Applique Peacock

I have been working on this project for weeks! 
This piece will soon belong to the Denver Art Museum, for their textile exhibition.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Organize Your Fabric Stash

I live in a small house with a non existent craft room, which is why I was so excited to come across a blog with instructions for creating small "bolts" of fabric that can fit on a shelf. In an earlier post I talked about wanting to organize my fabric madness with comic book boards, and I finally did it
The boards are a bit thicker than mat board, and measure 7" by 10". You can wrap amounts as small as half a yard, up to about 3 yards. Its fun to organize all the prints by color.

I enjoy seeing them in the shelf in my living room, and they always get compliments! It makes preparing for a project so much easier and enjoyable. I just need to find enough room for another 50 fabrics!

Hand-stitched Quilt Block

I will be teaching a hand-sewn mini-quilt class at the Denver Public Library this summer. We will be doing a blanket stitch edge, as time doesn't allow for a hand-sewn binding.
...stay tuned for more info...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Adventures in Crackle

I am working on a project in which I will embroider into a wood cabinet door. During my research phase I looked online for instructions on how to use a clear crackle over wood stain. There is little or no info on this topic. I found an article on  using clear crackle over acrylic paint on wood, which was helpful.

The following explains how to use a clear crackle medium over a freshly stained wood door. I decided to go with a 2 step process, using Helmar crackle medium  This product is available online at Amazon and other online craft vendors.

These are the other products I am using: Minwax water based tinted stain in Antique Jade, Minwax oil based wood finish in Provincial, and the Helmar crackle medium steps 1 and 2.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ikea Hack

Have you seen the Ikea Hack blog? There are great projects and redo's made with Ikea furniture. I love this idea, its a footstool with new feet!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Funky Vintage Patterns!

I have accumulated an incredible amount of vintage craft books, knitting books and patterns galore. I have begun selling them in my Etsy shop. I am adding a few every week and have a long way to go.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Laid Work & Couching- Embroidery

Laid work is a technique in which the floss is laid in rows, both horizontally and vertically,then secured with a small stitch at each intersection to secure the floss to the fabric. The blue yarn that runs around and through the feather is couched with 2 strands of green floss.

Friday, February 8, 2013

textile exhibition

The Denver Art Museum is completely redesigning it's textile exhibition, and I have been invited to submit pieces for the permanent display! I have been working non-stop!

This one is so fun! Toile embroidery. I found this excellent toile on Spoonflower. Alice has an afro!

The first piece is applique and embroidery...still a long way to go!