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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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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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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Sewing Purses

I’ve been wanting to use some of my ice dyed fabrics. I’ve also been wanting to make a purse. I found this great pattern, Zip and Go, from Dog Under My Desk Patterns, grabbed some of my fabric, and started on this project. I found this pattern to be real detailed and easy to follow.…

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How To: Reverse Applique

I’ve wanted to try reverse applique for quite a long time. I’ve also been looking for ways to use my ice dyed stash. Here is my tutorial on this fun and easy technique. Supplies: Three pieces of fabric: top, one that will show, and backing batting fusible web fabric marking pen scissors iron sewing machine…

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Cutting it up

Now with my studio reorganized, I’m ready to play. First up is cutting one of my ice dyed pieces. I’m asked a lot what I do with all of my fabric. To tell you the truth, most of it is in my fabric cabinet since I’m so afraid of cutting it. Well, no more!! Here…

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Sewing little bags

I have this love-hate relationship with sewing. Really, I’ve always thought of myself as sewing-challenged. Maybe not anymore. My mother was a wonderful seamstress. She made most of my clothes. She made my sister’s clothes too. Often they would be matching so when Sis grew out of hers, they were passed down to me and…

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How To: Cloth Dolls

This is another one of those projects I’ve been wanting to make for quite awhile – cloth dolls. What a great way to use up some of my fabric stash! I came upon a video from Barb Owen and it was time for me to play! Barb reminds me of  Carole Duvall. Do you remember…

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Clothesline Bowls

Judy “Tie Dye” Sall, a fellow artist and wonderful fabric dyer, encouraged me to make these clothesline bowls several years ago. Check out her blog here. I bought the clothesline and a book,  but just didn’t get around to until I signed up for Alisa Burke’s class. She calls them rope bowls. I decided to…

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