Thread Sketching and Fabric Paint

25 Jun

Thread sketching is a method of free motion stitching to create a drawing on fabric with thread and your sewing machine.  I wasn’t sure how to go about it, I knew doing it free form was not going to work for me.  But I found the idea of working from a paper sketch.  Here is a tutorial from On Point.  The only thing I did different is I worked from the back.  In doing so you may want to make a mirror copy on your image and the thread that will show on the finished work should be in your bobbin.  That way you don’t have to worry about getting every little bit of paper off your project

I used Derwent Inktense Blocks on fabric to create a watercolor effect.  I love these paints, they work on many different surfaces.  They are solid so they travel well.  I have not put they through the wash yet, but with the fabric medium I used it should be washable. Something you would want to test before painting if the piece is going to be washed.
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Letter Quilt

14 Jun

I enjoy paper piecing and came across these great letters designed by Kelly from kelbysews.  She has kindly shared the four letters of LOVE with Sew Mama Sew.   I took the letters and made a table runner for a friends anniversary present. The whole alphabet is available through Kelly’s Esty shop.

Here is Kelly’s quilt

 

And here is my table runner.
love quilt

Back to working on my blog

15 May

Hi: Sorry it has been so long since I have posted any new information.  It has been a crazy time in my life. We had to move my parents into an assisted living home and sell their house of 58 years. Dad (who was 93) passed away in October.  While all that was going on my husband and I got our house ready to sell, sold it, bought a new one and have been in the state of remodel for six months.  We have the kitchen done, I have added pictures so you can see what we have done. Put new flooring in the main floor living area. Now we are ready to work on the yard. It is a wonderful house built in 1964.  The people we bought it from were the original owners.  Not much had been done to it in the last 20 years.  We are up for the challenge.

Mason Jars

6 Jan

I love gifts in a jar.  This year my jar was filled with huckleberries, yum. So now to do something with that jar and maybe gift it back.  Here are a few ideas that I gathered.
R2D2 and Yoda Mason Jar craft idea @clubchicacircle
Star Wars jars by Chica Circle

Football Party Mason Jar Crafts -- simple ideas to use at your next football party!
For the next big game from The Country Chic Cottage

Mason Jar Sewing Kits @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for anyone that loves to sew! #sewing #masonjar #gift
I would like this next to my chair to keep everything within easy reach. From Wait ’til Your Father gets Home.


So cheery by My So Called Crafty Life.

Make beautiful doily luminaries using recycled jars, doilies and a little burlap and twine. These doily luminaries are perfect for weddings, holidays, or just for some added beauty. Such an easy craft project!
Pretty lace jars from Crafts by Amanda

Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Christmas reindeer graphicsWishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you get time to visit with family and friends.  We are having a white Christmas and it is very beautiful.
After the holidays it’s clean the craft room and start new projects.
My sons are helping me with some videos, hope to have those up and running soon.
Nice to have live-in technical support.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

8 Dec

OK right up front I have not tried this product yet or even gone looking for it. (though it is available on amazon)  I just thought I would highlight it, because if any of you are making mugs as Christmas gifts it might be a great product to try.  It is dishwasher safe mod podge.  You use it like regular mod podge, but can wash items in the top rack of your dishwasher.  Would love to hear a product review if anyone has tried it yet.modpodgePS Did a little more reading: People like the product, but it does take 28 days to cure.

Christmas Dioramas

1 Dec

Recently of a trip to my home town to visit my family my sister and I went to a crafting night at the local art center.  We made dioramas, it was a terrific evening.

My home town took their old library and made it into an art center for the town to enjoy.  They have different artists work on display and offer many  classes and workshops through the year.  It is a wonderful place to go, have fun and meet people.  Nice to see this build put to use.

To make the dioramas, there were tea cups to choose from, a wide assortment of small decorations, and glue.  We used both Tacky glue and hot glue. Add glitter, pompoms and little snow flakes and with in an hours time you have made a diorama or two.
diorama

Webster definition of diorama is: a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background. Not sure that is really what I achieved, but it was fun and I am doing more of these little projects. You can use lids, match boxes, cookie cutters pretty much anything that will hold your display.  I have been collecting old Christmas cards to add as background.  Here are a few more diorama ideas: Click on picture to follow to link.

Holiday Ornament

Birds in clay pots ornaments 1

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