February 2019: Around Here

So what’s been going on around here this month? For Valentine’s Day I again made Dave a card. And since I’m back to hand stitching, I made this which reminds me of the string art from my childhood days. Do you remember doing that?

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Thoughts on Free Motion

I have this love/hate thing with free motion stitching. In my quest for the perfect stitch, I have spent countless hours and lots of bobbins on trying to find that special thread or thread combination so that I could have finish some pieces.

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Soy Wax Batik and Fashion Spray

Today I wanted to show your my results with soy wax and Marabu Fashion Spray. In the past I’ve used Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow and fiber reactive dyes with this technique (and they work great!), but I wanted to see how well these sprays would hold up. If you’d like to see how I used these sprays…

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Reading and Stitching

When we go on vacation I always read several books and take some type of art with me. This year it was hand stitching. As for the books, three were what I call “beach” reads. I take them specifically to read and then leave in the library area at the condo so others can enjoy…

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Lacy Leaves

I’m a bit obsessed with leaves and trying out different techniques, and today it’s making lacy leaves. I found this book recently which encouraged me to try this techniques with leaves. Her work is lovely and pretty amazing. To make these leaves we are stitching on water soluble stabilizer. This is Vilene, a heavier stabilizer…

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The House Quilt Project

I read about The House Quilt Project “Heart of the Home” in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts. Artist Jaime FingaI has partnered with Furnishing Home, an organization that supplies home furnishings for homes of those who were previously homeless. You can read more about this project on The House Quilt Project website. The rules…

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How To: Printing fabric using stencils as printing plates

In my last post I printed on tags using stencils as printing plates. Today we are printing on fabric. I’m again using Joggles 9 x 12 stencils.

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