How to make bead dangles

How to make bead dangles

Beading is one of my favorite methods of embellishing my art quilts and other sewing projects, and I like to use lots of bead dangles which are made using several strands of beads which are strung onto lengths of thread and allowed to hang and well ... dangle. I just...

How to make rusted fabric using Wonder Under

How to make rusted fabric using Wonder Under

While I was in the process of making a new book cover, I started experimenting with making rusted fabric using wonder under fusible webbing which I'd painted. Because I've used painted wonder under before, I knew that it would probably turn out quite well. And in fact...

Tutorial: Creative Ways to Use Angelina Fiber

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 reflective as...

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

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

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...

Get Creative with Water Soluble Stabilizer

Get Creative with Water Soluble Stabilizer

Don't you just love getting creative with fun products and techniques? Water soluble stabilizer is one of my very favorite products and I love to use it in lots of different ways to create interesting thread and fiber effects such as Soft edges on quilts Lace windows...

How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads

How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads

Fabric beads ... mmmmmm .... Usually I like em kinda chunky like this ... ... but every now and then I need a bead that's perfect and plain like these. There are a number of ways to get a perfectly round fabric bead, but this tip is too good to keep to myself. My...

Exploring Photoshop: Designing Repeat Patterns

Exploring Photoshop: Designing Repeat Patterns

Designing your own fabric patterns has never been easier with all the amazing tools that we have at our disposal these days. And making a repeat pattern design is one of the most common ways to create designs. Although there are special programs that make this task...

Exploring Photoshop: How to make textured edges for your photos

Exploring Photoshop: How to make textured edges for your photos

This tutorial is presented using Photoshop Elements 9 which is similar to versions 10 and under. You can find an updated tutorial for the current version 14 here. Also, I use "Floating" documents so your workspace may look different. You can activate floating...

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You

Machine needle-lace is a versatile technique and one I use often, particularly for making embellishments. But you can also use it for other applications and one of my favorites is "see-through" designs. This needle-lace heart design is a simple project that...

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