I have been playing around with felting lately. I have started to make some felted ornaments. I use open cookie cutters to get the shape and fill them with roving and needle felt until it is just the right thickness. I mix in Angelina fibers and sometimes a bit of silk roving or silk waste fibers too. I need to add some stitching and a ribbon hanger to these.
We explored felting in my art quilting group this week and I got to play around with a felting machine. This piece has a thin piece of dyed silk for the background, wool roving, silk sari ribbon made from the waste of a sari factory, dyed batting, and some silk roving. It is very quick and easy to get a unique piece of felted art using a felting machine.
I am also working on a new piece of felted art. This time I making an angel. I have needle felted the piece. Next I will wet felt to get the fibers to felt much better. Then I will add some more needle felting and some stitching. I'll share more pictures when she is further along.
I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season. I'm looking forward to relaxing and spending a lot of time with family and friends the next couple of weeks.
"Bonjour" is an art quilt made from a mix of reclaimed and new textiles. I used worn garments, old linens and curtains, color catcher sheets, vintage lace and doilies, along with new fabrics and silk sari ribbon that is created from reclaimed silk waste. I love taking textiles that would be thrown away and instead giving them a new life as an art quilt. This piece is 8" x 12 1/2". I is for sale for $103.00. Find it here.
I cut all my fabrics and trims out and then stitch them down layer by layer on the foundation fabric and batting. I add the backing and quilt it by adding free-motion stitched designs. I stitched flowers and hearts on this quilt. I used new fabrics with a Paris theme to add interest to the quilt. After the stitching was done I used a faced binding to finish the edges. I added embellishments to the front and a thread chain for hanging to the back.
I also created kits from my stash with similar fabrics, trims, and embellishments. The kits also include the foundation fabric, backing, and batting along with all the step by step instructions. They are $25.00 and can be found here.
I hope that this gives you some ideas for using reclaimed fabrics and if you want to give this a try without finding all the supplies you can use the kit I created just for you.
Have a wonderful week,
Do you want to learn how I created this style of painting? I have a basic lesson that will take you through all the steps to create a unique painting. This is a fun activity for a party or for a beginning painter. You can find it here: http://www.handsandharts.com/mixed-media-art-lesson.html
I will send this digital pdf lesson free to the first five people who respond by sharing this post. Please tell me where you shared in the comments.
I also need the winners to send me their e-mail address, so that I can send them the pdf. I want to share my love of art with you and give back some love to my readers.
Have a great end of the week,
I have one last craft show where I'm selling goodies this season. If you are in the area please come out and see me. The admission is $2 for ages 12 and up. If you don't live here in Michigan or can't attend I still have most of my wares in my shop here on the website. Go and check that out.
Have a great week and stay warm if you live in the north.
I have been making trivets the past couple of weeks. The ones I make aren't the ordinary plain hot pads to use under your pots and pans and serving dishes. I started making these during the end of the summer. I sun printed squares of cotton using different patterns while it was still the warm out. Here is a tutorial on sun printing. I heat set the paint and then started putting them together. I cut a piece of cotton batting and a piece of Insul-Bright. The Insul-Bright is an insulating material that is designed to reflect heat of cold back to itself. It protects your surface or your hands from the heat of hot pots and pans. I also cut a piece of my hand dyed fabric for the backing. I stitched all these layers together and then I added a bit of free-motion stitching to add a pretty pattern. These are perfect for the person who enjoys a product that is unique and will add beauty to their home. They are washable too, so easy to care for.
Sun printed fabric
Batting and Insul-Bright for the middle.
The backings are hand dyed fabrics, here after the stitching is done.
These are the completed trivets.
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday for all the US people and a great weekend everyone.
I'll be selling my hand made goodies at this show on Saturday. Please come out and see me if you can. I will have some new items at this show, that aren't on the website.
I have been making embellishments out of air dry clay this month. Each one is unique.
I roll out the clay and use texture plates or stamps to add the designs. Then I cut out the shapes, smooth them and let them dry. After they are dry I gesso each one. Next comes two layers of paint. I use metallic paint on the top layer to highlight the texture. After all the paint is dry I add two layers of varnish for protection. These take a lot of time since I have to let them dry in between each layer.
Use these embellishments for all your fiber art, mixed media art, journal making or scrapbooks, among others. They aren't intended for washing and drying, but they are perfect for adding something special to a piece of art. They will be up for sale soon, but contact me if you want one before I get them listed.
What possibilities can you imagine for these little gems?
Have a great weekend,
I sold my wares at a show last weekend so I have been making new items at a crazy busy pace. I have two more shows coming up this holiday season., but I wanted to take the time to tell you about some of the new pieces that I have been working on.
I have been making mug rugs, which are a little larger than a standard coaster. I have been using my hand dyed cottons for the fronts and cotton fabrics that I either purchased or that were given to me from other people's collections.
I started out by cutting strips and rectangles of my hand dyed cottons. I have a lot of small pieces of fabric to use in various projects, before I start dyeing more fabric.
I love the variety that you get when you dye your own fabric.
I sewed the strips together, and layered them with the batting and backing fabric. I stitched them right sides together, turned them the correct way out through an opening that I left. I hand stitched the opening closed and pressed everything neatly.
Next I researched free-motion stitching designs and used them for ideas. I free -motion stitched designs on each one. They are all unique, with different sizes and patterns.
I have these for sale, but they aren't listed in my shop just yet. Please contact me to buy now. They are $8.50 plus shipping and tax for Michigan people.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing a bit of my new designs and have a lovely week.
I have been making new things for the art/craft shows this fall. Part of this process has been cutting a lot of strips and rectangles of my hand dyed fabrics. I am making mug rugs from the fabric and adding my style of stitching. I wanted to make unique functional pieces of art for all of you.
Since Halloween is this week I put together a mug rug that fits that theme. Since I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a while now, I decided that this would be it. Here is my gift to one of you lovely readers.
Orange, Black, and Pumpkins galore.
This mug rug is about 7" x 5" and perfect for your cup and a treat too.
To get into the drawing for this mug rug just leave a comment here on the blog and let me know what your favorite color combination is and your favorite holiday.
I will draw a name at the beginning of next week and send it out to the winner. Don't worry if you don't win I will have more of these for sale soon with many color combinations and different stitched patterns.
I put all the names in and had my son draw one out. The winner is Lita. Congratulations!
Have a great week and good luck in the give-away.