Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book reviews: 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (vol 2) and 501 Quilting Motifs


Katy Jones presents 25 six-inch blocks that feature a range of styles, from traditional to brand new in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (volume 2) for Martingale publishers.  All the basics are spelled out in great detail, making this an excellent beginner book: you'll learn paper piecing, and applique (both by hand and by machine), if you're not already familiar with these techniques.  Even though the bulk of the book concentrates on just presenting the blocks, there are four projects included just to give you some ideas on how to use them!

Known for her creative use of color and pattern-mixing, I think you'll enjoy Katy's book if you are looking for some new block ideas and like to work in this more traditional way.  Here are a couple more blocks to help you decide:






The second book that I want to share with you seems like a good companion for the first: it is 501 Quilting Motifs by the editors of Quiltmaker magazine.  This is a reference book which will help you learn to select and transfer appropriate motifs to your work.  It contains so many categories of quilting motifs that it will likely amaze you: flowers, feathers, vines and leaves, seasonal and holidays, children and teens, geometric designs, and much more.  Below is a sample page:




Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fabric painting



Here's a round-up of many of the fabric techniques we've covered here. Many of the techniques covered in Background papers, although they were designed with paper arts in mind, can be used for fabric painting too, so don't forget to check them out as well!

What to do with leftover pieces of batting

Adding color to a black and white print

Inktense "postcards"

Inkjets and Inktense pencils

Soy silk fabric with embroidery

Turtle stencils

3-layered fabrics

Rubbing plate fabrics

Glue gel resists

Marbled fabrics

Salt printing, sun printing, and playing with intensity

Painted silks for a quilt

Soy silk roving as a background

Stenciled leaf fabrics

Expanded square transfer onto fabric

Bleach shadow technique

Painting rusted fabrics

Felted fabric technique

Graduated colors

Gel glue resist

Custom printed fabric with Spoonflower

Snow painting

Shibori fabric

Wiped and striped fabrics

Twisted fabric painting

Painting fabric in a bag

Rusted fabrics

Leather-look felt

Painted fabric trim

Transparency transfers

T-shirt transfers




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Friday, April 18, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!



A Bead A Day
New ideas for summer jewelry are circulating over on a bead a day blog. Lisa's thinking about summertime pearls and ankle-bracelets as necklaces!

Beading Arts
Quick and easy little crocheted bead bracelets have been around for a long time...but how long has it been since you've made one?

Crochet Cuteness
The Crafty Princess cracks open a new super cute crochet book.

From Dollar Store Plastic to Elegant Easter Eggs
By the time you're done, no one would ever know these elegant Easter eggs are made from cheap plastic eggs!

Resin Crafts Blog
With Jewelry Clay as a new medium in my jewelry zone I have found that I can create so many new wearable pieces.

Snap Out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reposts a review of Jamie Cloud Eakins most recent Bead Embroidery book, and exceptional work!

Spring Postcard Art
Cherie makes a postcard for June's spring challenge.





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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book review: Uncommonly Corduroy


Stephanie Dunphy wants you to know that corduroy isn't just for pants anymore!  In Uncommonly Corduroy, she shares 17 projects which will turn your corduroy fabric into quilts, bags, and even a scarf.  A recent release by Martingale publishers, Uncommonly Corduroy covers all the basics for those who are beginners and/or have never worked with corduroy before.  Stephanie shares all about choosing and using corduroy, including all the tricks for getting it to play well in your projects.  She follows this with sections on making bags and one on making quilts.  
The projects all include charts, patterns, and step-by-step instructions, making them all extremely accessible for a beginner.  All of the projects lean towards traditional piecing, applique, and strip quilting in style, as you can see from the images here.  



Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Image transfer methods


Here is a compilation of all the image transfer tutorials on Mixed Media Artist.  There are even more methods now, especially since there are several forms of specialty papers that will create a perfect (or almost perfect) transfer.  However, the beauty of transfers in my eyes are that they are somewhat unpredictable and imperfect, so these are the methods that I stick with!

Polymer medium transfer film

Paper image transfers - plain paper

Paper image transfers - photo paper

Fabric image transfers - t-shirt transfers

Fabric image transfers - transparency transfers

Contact paper transfers (aka Packing tape transfers)

Caulk image transfers

Polaroid image transfers

Digital Polaroid image transfer

Contact printing

New digital ground products from Golden's

Waxed paper transfer 

Laser printer transfers




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