The “Creative Sewing & Surface Design” Gift Guide

The “Creative Sewing & Surface Design” Gift Guide

There’s no getting around the fact that gift-giving season is almost upon us! I don’t know about you, but since I spend so much of my time sewing, dyeing and working with surface design, I always love getting gifts that are...
How to Make Mini-Tassels using Silk Cocoons

How to Make Mini-Tassels using Silk Cocoons

One of the best things about being a textile artist is discovering unusual things that can be stitched and sewn, and incorporated into mixed media art in creative ways. Silk cocoons and silk carrier rods are definitely some of those...
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...
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...
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...
Embellished fabric box finally finished

Embellished fabric box finally finished

I finally found a few minutes to finish off my embellished fabric box and it turned out rather beautiful I think. I was originally going to use the ribbon fabric as the lining but it looked so good I decided to use it on the outside, and...
Fabric Box Update

Fabric Box Update

The fabric box that I started last week is just about finished. I’ve completed the beading and hand embroidery for the top of the box and although I’ve used the same design for the three sections, the embellishing is slightly...
Working out of the box – fabric box that is

Working out of the box – fabric box that is

I had hoped to be further along with the project I started last week, but I think it’s so annoying when life gets in the way of playtime! I like making fabric boxes and use them to hold all sorts of things, and I want to use this...

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