Vacation Thrift Shopping

We just returned from a wonderful vacation in New England. Whenever we travel, I always try to find local thrift shops to search out bargains. On our way to Woodstock, Vermont, we stopped in Plymouth, New Hampshire to eat lunch at Six Burner Bistro. As we were getting in the car to leave, I noticed…

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Raven cloth dolls

I was cleaning my computer desktop the other day and ran across a pdf from Interweave about making art dolls. It’s a compilation of past articles in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Here is a link to the download.

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Layering Stencils

Today I’m all about layering stencils using fabric paint. If you look at my post about soy wax batik, this is just a continuation of my love of layers. Here are my finished fat quarters of fabric. I love all of the layers. For the top piece, I use the following two stencils. Here is…

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Scrappy Scarf

Years ago I tried this scrappy scarf technique. Back then I had very little fabric and ended up using threads, ribbons, and yarns to make a small piece of fabric. Now that I have lots of fabric scraps, I wanted to make a regular size scarf! It starts with a water soluble stablizer (I used…

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Seeing with new eyes

I decided this past weekend to go through my scrap container, and I was amazed at what was in there. There were pieces of my art journey from the very start – many that I had forgotten about. The majority of pieces in the container were either practice pieces for the final “glamour” shot, failed…

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Leaf Printing Revisited

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been spending a lot of time weeding and mulching. When I finish weeding I take all of the weeds down to the bottom of our property which is a wooded area. On the edge of the “bottoms” are several sassafras trees. Every time I take loads down there I admire…

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Sewing Hawaiian Fabric

One of my goals this year is to start sewing Hawaiian fabric I’ve purchased. Here are my first projects this week: Three years ago I wrote a tutorial on making potholders out of recycled fabric. Here is the link. However, unlike the potholders I made back then, I am using Insul-Bright inside instead of towel.…

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Dyeing White-on-White

Even though I’ve been busy with re-entry from vacation, I took time to dye some strips of the white-on-white fabric. I was really happy with the results, and now to decide what colors I’m going to use on these. All of these are 100% cotton except the first piece. For some reason the fuchsia pieces…

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