Fabric & Stitch

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Stitching slowly

Stitching slowly

When life starts to get hectic, it's become habit now to just pick up a needle and thread and some fabric. Stitching by hand helps to slow things down. It essentially becomes a meditative practice and it's a great way to de-stress. Plus stitching by hand is much more...

Creative Stitch Alchemy – a free mini-course

Creative Stitch Alchemy – a free mini-course

Just a reminder that the Creative Stitch Alchemy mini-course commences on Friday 17th February and registration will close Thursday 16th February. This is a free mini-course and should be lots of fun so I hope you sign up! If you've been following me on Facebook and...

Little pockets

Little pockets

Although I'm not very committed to keeping a regular journal where I write down every little detail of my life, I do keep a record of things I want to remember. Sometimes I take a photograph, and sometimes I write a note on a scrap of paper which I then fold and tuck...

Small and unusual things

Small and unusual things

These last few weeks I've been stitching quite small - this piece is only 2-1/2" x 3". But I'm really enjoying the process. When there isn't much time at the end of a work day for creative activities, making small things can be a good choice. Small things can be...

Redefining the way we look at things

Redefining the way we look at things

I've been thinking about the things that I love to do more than anything else. And hand stitching is one of them. When I was very young just learning to use a needle and thread, I stitched wild and free - and it was fun. I stitched with no goal in mind and sewing two...

Places for memories

Places for memories

There was no guesswork, or work of any kind really, in sewing these pieces together. This piece of embroidered fabric obviously was intended to be a pocket, so a pocket it became. Adorned and embellished, but still useful. In olden days pockets were made separately...

Pay attention and watch what emerges

Pay attention and watch what emerges

I simply love butterflies. They are like beautiful and carefree souls flitting about from flower to flower, just doing what they love to do. For me they represent transition, emergence, and transformation - and the mystery of what all that means. The ending of...

A balancing act

A balancing act

Life is a balancing act at the best of times but after spending several weeks "taming" my new computer into submission, it's left me feeling a little unbalanced, dealing with too much technology and not enough creative playtime. I stitch a little every day though. I...

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

Whenever I run a new session of one of my online classes I always like to include a fresh project and tutorial. So for the next session of the Inked Cloth Unleashed class which begins next Monday 16th January, I thought I'd make something simple and these pincushions...

Fragments – stitching together the story of our lives

Fragments – stitching together the story of our lives

It's been quite a busy month or two getting everything prepared for next year's online classes beginning in January 2017, which includes Inked Cloth Unleashed, and something new - Fragments which is a full year of stitching together the story of our lives. This year...

A Page from my Art Journal: Serenity

A Page from my Art Journal: Serenity

A little inspiration for the weekend. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. Marian Wright...

Fabric Tray Tutorial + Free “Gratitude” PhotoArt Printable

Fabric Tray Tutorial + Free “Gratitude” PhotoArt Printable

Fabric trays are quick and easy to make and are so useful in the sewing room for holding needles and threads and other small items. You can use any type of fabric to make them of course, but I like to be a little more creative in my design, so my favorite method is to...

How to make textural “Fabric Paper”

How to make textural “Fabric Paper”

There are lots of different ways to make fabric paper depending on what you are wanting to use it for. I generally make fabric paper in order to create interesting and unique surface texture that can then be used in mixed media projects, or as a base fabric for adding...

My Summer journal + a quick Photoshop texture tutorial

My Summer journal + a quick Photoshop texture tutorial

I'm still working on my stitched summer journal. This week was particularly busy so I've only managed a few stitches here and there, but I did get the PhotoArt image for the cover designed and printed onto fabric ready for stitching. I really love the way this...

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