Sunday, 25 March 2012

"the sun has got his hat on..."

hand painted fabric

You know that expression- Make hay while the sun shines.....

hand painted fabric

Well in this house it is- Paint fabric while the sun shines!!!!
Making the most of the unseasonably warm March weather!
Hope you have all had such a fabulous sunshine filled weekend.

hand painted fabric tutorials

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Prayer Flag Project


I have been a contributor to The Prayer Flag Project since October last year. This week I posted a couple of Creative Courage flags, which I want to share with you here.

prayer flags

I began with some pieces of  hand dyed fabric and cut them to size. These are 16 x 5 inches.

prayer flags

These will be folded over to make a pocket from which to hang them. I like to make mine double so that the back covers up any unsightly stitching. 

making a prayer flag

Next I decorate the fabric with stencilling and stamping.

making a prayer flag

I added some birds and stitched in my theme.

how to make a prayer flag

The Prayer Flag Project is open to any one. It is about sending out wishes, giving thanks, commemorating a  friend, a loved one, or an event. It is about giving support to those near and far.



prayer flags
see the running stitch along the top to join the two sides

It is also about celebrating ones creativity in a positive way. The flags can be a simple or as elaborate
as you would care to make them.
Why not join in?
There are more details on the blog or you can email me your photos for inclusion.
You can also find more of my prayer flags here.
Wishing you all some Creative Courage this weekend!

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Seaside Home

Seaside Home by C&T Publishing


Seaside Home, a photo by C&T Publishing on Flickr.

Carrying on from yesterday's Seaside theme (it wasn't planned) I have just discovered that this book is now available.
It seems like an age since I was contacted by C&T publishing to submit my Pebble Stack design for inclusion.
Well, it is now available, and today there is a giveaway going on over on the Stash Books blog ...where you can see a piciture of my design...with my name......on a C&T publishing blog...I am so thrilled!
Stay tuned because I will be having a giveaway here soon!

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Scenes from a Seaside Home

In an earlier post I said I would share some info on fabric paper. Here it is at it's most basic.


fabric paper tutorial

A copy of a photo, and some white fabric.
 Some PVA glue mixed with a minimum of water, and a plastic tray.

fabric paper tutorial

Cover the fabric in glue.

fabric paper tutorial

Lay the paper on top and also cover in glue.

Now there are a few points to remember. The ink will run (this is a print from an ink jet printer), but you can keep it to a minimum by not too much water in your glue and not over brushing. You will have a few wrinkles and a bit of blurring but I am happy with that.
A simple fast way to get an image onto a piece.

This is what I did with mine.


fabric paper tutorial

I put it onto some wadding, added a few strips, and then added stitch.

fabric paper tutorial

Now I have a great "random zig zag" stitch on my sewing machine that I like to edge things with sometimes. Like me, you probably end up with something like this when you zig zag an edge.
After trimming this is what I do.

fabric paper tutorial

I add a touch of paint (or sometimes glue or acrylic gel medium) all along the edge, to neaten everything up.

fabric paper tutorial

It works a treat!

If you want to learn more about the delights of fabric paper I can highly recommend this book.

fabric paper tutorial

Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Perkins is like a comic for grown ups, and I mean that in the best sense. It is so full of colour, it is a real feast for the eyes and packed with ideas for making and using fabric paper. I love browsing through my copy.

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