Thursday, 9 December 2010

Bye Bye Birdie

handmade stuffed bird

These little birdies are off to a new home tomorrow. They look a bit sad don't they?

handmade stuffed bird

Not to worry. I know they are going to good homes where they will be well looked after.

handmade stuffed bird

They came into being after I got myself a copy of this delightful book. It is full of wonderful bird designs and inspired me to make these.

handmade stuffed bird

I winged it with the pattern; no pun intended, and so they are not the most elegant of birds but I love the way the hand painted fabrics show themselves off in these creations and I think I will be attempting some more stuffed animals soon.


This fella below is staying home with me. He was the prototype and a few mishaps occurred, one being that I stitched the wrong sides together (AGAIN!) but after the others were finished I thought "What if"  and produced this version.

handmade stuffed bird

 Can you spot the other error?

handmade stuffed bird

I forgot to reverse the wing shape while cutting out and so his wings are blue from one side and pink from the other.

handmade stuffed bird

I like these mishaps so much that I think I will see them as a design opportunity!

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Friday, 26 November 2010

fabric friday

christmas fabric

christmas fabric

Getting ready for Christmas.
I had lots of fun doing this using artist acrylic paint, rather than my usual textile paint.
They have given the fabric a nice stiffness which will help as I cut out shapes for my hand made Christmas cards.

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Autumnal Charm garland Tutorial

handmade garland

Living by the sea we don't get to enjoy a lot of autumnal charm so I decided to create a bit of my own.

handmade fall garland

Using painted fabrics in Autumn colours I fused two pieces wrong sides together and then cut out leaf shapes of different sizes. I was in a bit of a hurry so I kept the shape basic.
I then free machine stitched the leaf veins in contrasting threads. The webbing (I used HeatnBond Lite for these) acts as a stabiliser making the stitching simple.

handmade fall garland

handmade fall garland

I then attached the leaves to some machine wrapped hemp cord which has a nice stiffness to it. (Look in the jewelry supplies section of craft shops for this).

handmade fall garland
blurry photo!!

Et Voila! My own Autumn Leaves Bunting!

fabric leaves

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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Inspiration by Hundertwasser

An artist whose work I really like is Fredrich Hundertwasser. I think his work is a quilt artists dream.
I did this piece based on one of his paintings, last year.

art quilt

Here's a close up.

art quilt

While at the Festival of Quilts this year I saw that someone else has had the same idea.

art quilt

I like the added border and the use of silky fabrics in this.
(If anyone can tell me whose work this is I would love to add their name)

If you are looking for some inspiration have a look at Hundertwasser.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Festival of Quilts 2010

If you made it to the Festival of Quilts this year, you would have seen the work of DeAnne Hartwell Jones who had a solo exhibition. DeAnne is a traditional quilter in every sense of the word, as she pieces and quilts everything by hand. In her 30 year career as a quilter she has produced many beautiful quilts, predominently in the Welsh quilting style.
I want share with you a few of her landscapes, that she kindly let me photograph, as some of the fabric in the pieces were painted by me.

hand painted fabric

hand painted fabric

hand painted fabric

These too were all done by hand, and she will be demonstrating her technique at the Jen Jones Quilt Centre next year.
If you want to find out more about DeAnnes work, there is an article in the August 2010 issue of British Patchwork and Quilting.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Paint Effects Tutorial -Scrunched

Couldn't really think of another word to describe this method. 'Scrunched' seems as good as any.

fabric painting tutorial

Choose 3 or more colours* watered down, a sealable plastic bag and a pippette, (or spoon if you can't get your hands on a pipette).

fabric painting tutorial

Dampen the fabric with a spray and scrunch it into the bag. Start adding drops of colour on top of the fabric until you are happy.

fabric painting tutorial

Seal the bag and squeeze a little if you want the colours to blend more, or leave well alone if you don't. Leave preferably on a sunny window sill until the water droplets in the bag have become clear. You can then remove the fabric from the back for faster drying.
As with any of these techniques the results will depend on amount of paint to water and on how wet your fabric was to begin with.

fabric painting tutorial

I have to be honest with you here, this technique can be a bit hit and miss.  Sometimes it comes out wonderful other times not so much. However, if you are not happy there is no reason why can't stick it back in the bag and splosh on some more paint, as I did with this one.
And, in true Blue Peter style, here are some I made earlier.

fabric painting tutorial

*I use Pebeo Setacolor Transparent/Light textile paint

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