Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads

Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads

Fabric beads are easy and fun to make and can be used to embellish all your creative sewing projects. They are also a great way to use up all those small scraps of leftover fabric and fibers. This tutorial shows you several ways to make...
Adding Stitch and Dimensional Texture to Digital Art Cloth

Adding Stitch and Dimensional Texture to Digital Art Cloth

I’ve been working on a new piece of digital art cloth this week. I designed this PhotoArt image in Photoshop and then printed it onto fabric. I originally had planned to use the printed image in a fabric collage, but then decided to...
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...
Embellishing with Hand Stitches

Embellishing with Hand Stitches

Sewing using hand embroidery stitches is both a creative and a very relaxing way to embellish your sewing projects. As opposed to machine stitching which is often fast and furious, hand stitching has the effect of slowing us down and...
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,...
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...
Canvas Art: Contemplation

Canvas Art: Contemplation

I began work on Contemplation last week and it’s now finished and mounted on a 14″ x 11″ canvas. I usually add paint and texture to the canvas before mounting my textiles, however this time I wrapped the canvas with a...
What I’m Working On: Contemplation

What I’m Working On: Contemplation

Something a little different – designed in photoshop and printed on fabric. I don’t often work with images of people, but I like her wistful look. buttons … some hand stitches to highlight a few of the background flowers...
The Story of an Art Doll: The Final Installment

The Story of an Art Doll: The Final Installment

So now she’s done. She didn’t turn out in any way at all like I first envisaged, I saw her as a more contemporary type of art doll rather than the elegant lady she turned out to be, but sometimes that’s where the process...
The Story of an Art Doll: The Jacket

The Story of an Art Doll: The Jacket

I’ve finished the underskirt for my art doll and I really like the way it turned out even after all the challenges it posed. So now on to the jacket … red silk dupioni for the jacket, with a front lining of rich gold thai silk...
The Story of an Art Doll: Embellishing

The Story of an Art Doll: Embellishing

My art doll still doesn’t have a name yet. Maybe after she has some clothes she’ll tell me what it is. The embellishing of the underskirt begins. First adding some art lace edging to the bottom of her skirt using water soluble...
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