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

Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Artsy blogging round-up!

A Bead A Day
Spring has finally arrived which means time for new jewelry! Lisa shares her beach inspired necklace. What are YOU making?

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek at Mary's etsy picks, inspired by this month's challenge piece from Degas.

Blue Glass Sculpture With Glass Beads 
Cherie makes a glass sculpture with dollar store beads, bud vases, and blue charger plates.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares a tutorial for a pair of chain and pearl earrings that have now become her favorites!

Carmi's Art/Life World
I am very excited to share my recently published necklace project in Perles et Cetera magazine!

No Stitchin'!
Like fabric but your sewing skills are not up to snuff? Or maybe you are looking for some fast fabric loving projects. This book maybe just what you need in your crafting library.

Resin Crafts Blog
It is wonderful to know that you can embellish any blank surface with some Jewelry Clay. This shawl pin needed a little bit of bling.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews PATINA by the wonderful author Matthew Runfola! What a book!

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Find directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table d├ęcor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Book review: Beautiful Origami Flowers

Do you enjoy origami and other forms of paper folding arts?  If so, then you are likely to really enjoy the new release by Lark Books, Beautiful Origami Flowers, written by Anca Oprea.  If you haven't played around much with origami, never fear: there is an excellent basics section which will get you started.  Anca teaches the basic folds first, and if you work your way through this section, you will be ready to make any of the following projects.

The flowers are so much fun.  Some of them are quite realistic, and others are much more fanciful and imaginative.  My favorite is the common old every day Day Lily, and I also like the Crane Flower, although I don't think I'd have the patience to complete even one!  I am gifting this book to one of my friends, who happens to only have the use of one hand.  Despite this, she makes amazingly wonderful origami designs all the time.  I am hoping to see her make an entire bouquet inspired by this beautiful book!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Rising Mist - part three

Last week, I finished up with all the weaving and embellishing that I wanted to do on my quilt, so now it's time to do the quilting!

9. Pin each slit to the piece of batting and to a piece of backing fabric, even larger than the batting.  In this case, the backing fabric is cut 1 1/2 inch larger on each side than the batting.  Place a row of pins all around the outside of the woven top, 1/2 inch from the edge to mark the area available for quilting.  

10. Use perle cotton and beads to quilt up each strip through all the layers, including the backing.  Tie off the thread ends on the top and leave them showing. 

11. Using the wrap and tuck method, miter the corners of the quilt. 

12. Wrap and tuck the backing under the outer edges of the top, pinning in place.  The edges will need to be ironed, as you can see! 

13. Use a blanket stitch to finish off the edges of the binding.  As much as possible, I stitch this edging through all the layers, including the backing fabric. 

14. Whip stitch the mitered corners.

Part one
Part two
Part three

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