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What can you say about hand-dyed fabric? I say Yummmm!

I love using hand-dyed fabric in all my sewing projects – there’s just something about using a piece of fabric that is unique in color and visual texture that totally inspires me. When I first started dyeing fabric over 20 years ago, I have to admit, I...

Change of seasons and dealing with grubby things

As the weather starts to cool off a little here in Florida, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about and enjoy life a little. And one of my favorite pastimes is capturing life through the lens which always seems to be more enjoyable when the weather is...

How to cut fabric applique shapes with the Silhouette Cameo

As I mentioned several weeks ago I got a new toy … a Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. One of the reasons I bought the machine was so I could cut fabric applique shapes which the machine is supposed to do quite easily. Silhouette offer a fabric cutting...

October Sew Creative Box – take a peak at what’s inside

The October Sew Creative Box was shipped this week and included in the box was a collection of Autumn-themed sewing fabrics, fibers and supplies. If you’d like a closer look, you can find all the items listed in the Lookbook here on the Sew Creative Box website....

Fabric dyeing using Jacquard Color Magnet

I was planning on doing some sewing this week however I’ve been dyeing up a storm of fabric for this month’s Sew Creative Box which is titled “Falling in Autumn” and is chock full of autumn-colored and autumn-flavored sewing goodies. If you...

Creating surface texture with burlap and scrim

I’ve had this piece of burlap sitting on my work table for quite a while. It was one of the fabrics included in the recent Saphhire Sew Creative Box and even though I’m not a “blue” person, I loved the color so much that I knew the fabric would...

Things a textile artist can do with a die-cutting machine

This week I was planning to show you some ways to use scrim to add texture and dimension to fabric surfaces, and I did actually gather some things together. But then my new toy – a Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine – arrived unexpectedly early. And...

New in the Store: Mixed Media Fabric Art Packs

I’ve been hand-dyeing my own fabrics for over 20 years however it never ceases to amaze and delight me that fabrics and fibers can go from this … … to this … … to this … in such a very short time. I’m also delighted to let you...

Working with textured fabric: Crinkled fabric texture

I was going through some of my old tutorials the other day and came across this technique I shared in one of my classes for making crinkled fabric texture. I thought I’d share the tutorial here also as during the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some...

September Sew Creative Box – take a peak at what’s inside

The September Sew Creative Box was shipped last week to some very lucky people and included in the box was a collection of gorgeous sewing supplies all dressed up in shades of blue. Included in the box were bead soup and antique indian bell charms, silk carrier rods,...

Tutorial: Creative Ways to Use Angelina Fiber

One of the many perks of being a textile artist is that you get to play with all sorts of fun and creative products, and Angelina Fiber is definitely one of those fun products. If you’re not familiar with Angelina Fiber, it’s a soft fiber that is light...

New in the Store: Natural Fabrics & Fibers Suitable for Dyeing

If you love to hand-dye your own fabrics and fibers, you will love these new Sew Creative products! “In The Raw” Fabric & Fiber Mixed Media Pack This pack of fabrics and fibers in white and natural colors includes cotton scrim, burlap, silk cocoons,...

Silk carrier rods and how to use them to make silk paper

Silk carrier rods are curious little things but I love them because they have such an unexpected shape and texture and they can be adapted for use into fabric, mixed media art and felting in lots of different ways. Silk carrier rods are the by-product of reeling silk...

Tutorial: Creating texture on fabric using crinkled ribbon

I work a lot with textured fabric surfaces mostly because I think they look a lot more interesting than flat surfaces. Sometimes I create surface texture using machine stitching. And I also use a lot of fabric paper texture. I also sometimes like to use unusual...

New in the Store: Sew Creative Supplies

When I launched the Sew Creative Box several months ago, I wasn’t totally sure it was going to be a hit, but happily and surprisingly I was totally wrong! After only two months, boxes are going quickly and are now being shipped all over the world. I personally...

Creative ideas for using silk cocoons

Did I mention that one of the best things about the Sew Creative Box is that I also get to play with all the fun stuff inside? The August box is my favorite so far. I love the color and I just love those little silk cocoons; they are so much fun to play with. I...
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