Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tone's been Marbling

Another talented fiber artist and friend, Tone, has been exploring marbling fabric.
I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some of her beautiful leftovers!
Her work is amazing, check out her blog. Thank you Tone!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thank You Nancy!

Nancy, thank you for YOU and your friendship! I am so blessed! Look at the beautiful piece she made for me! I can't believe it! She knows how much I love houses and landscapes...such a sweet gift. :)

Check out her blog to see more of her gorgeous work!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Giraffe for Baby Willis

I found a tutorial on pinterest today and decided to make a small baby shower gift. Only once did I have to rip the seam out because I sewed the ribbons to the inside on the first try. :) Ha.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Heart Stumps

My sister also had a few trees cut down during our visit, and these lovely hearts were brought to light. :)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Card Trees

I really enjoyed making these trees with my sister! She had researched the idea and wanted to make something unique to display her Christmas cards. Her tree is painted green and lightly distressed to accent the textured wood grain, and the one with a natural finish is for our mom. Pretty nice considering they are made out of salvaged cedar boards from her neighbor's trash! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Button Flower Bouquet

My sister came over last night for a "sleepover", and after the girls went to bed we stayed up and made this little bouquet. Sweet memories. :) With a little wire, some patience, and a few well chosen buttons...a little bouquet was made!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Carol's Angel

My friend, Carol, brought a little angel to me and asked if I would paint a face on her. Isn't she beautiful? I believe she is made out of a ceiling tile and a wooden banister (with some wire and other scrap wood).
Once the face was finished, I felt like it needed a little something I added a little lace collar to soften her up a bit.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Zentangle ATC

So I tried doing a free motion Zentangle ATC on the machine. Can't really say it was a success...but it was a fun experiment. I sandwiched together a light grey linen napkin and dark grey craft felt in a hoop that fits under my sewing machine foot. Black thread in the top of the machine and white in the bobbin (just to see the stitching on the back). I drew out some of the main shapes with one of those Frixion pens that disappear with heat.

The back became interesting looking as I went...and I remembered that it was possible to "melt away" the craft felt with heat. So I proceeded to finish my zentangle, trying to keep the back trimmed up as neatly as possible.

I pinned it out on some cardboard (so it wouldn't distort the overall shape), and proceeded to "melt" away what I could with the heat gun.
Oops, you can see I got a little carried away and burnt the fabric in a few spots.
To disguise my heat gun enthusiasm, I soaked it in a little tea to even out the brown spots...
...and voila !
So, some things I learned:
1. As you can see, the open patterns made a bolder design when melted.
2. Connected lines did better when melted too...because there was a place to "cling" as it shrank. (See how the dots and Xs look a bit messy?) (Plus they were very tedious to snip after fun.)
3. The more detailed stitching on the front made the pattern to dense to melt away.
4. I like using the heat gun. :)\
5. It is hard to dig out stitches with the seam ripper on craft felt.
6. I do like the texture, and the "skeleton" feel of it.
7. Next time I might just omit the linen and stack 2 different colors of craft felt with the same color thread in top and bobbin. With a piece of fabric somewhere...but not the whole background...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Free Motion Butterflies

Remember back in August when I used some plastic cupcake toppers to print butterfly shapes onto fabric with thickened dyes? Well, I finally tried free motion stitching on a few of them!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chipping Paint

Am I the only one who finds this beautiful?