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Monday, April 30, 2012

Black felt quilt - part two



Last week, I showed you most of the steps for how I constructed the top of this little black felt quilt.  Today, we'll finish it up.  Just so you know...step 15 is tedious and you should probably get a couple of audiobooks to listen to while you stitch!




13. Carefully snip the top and bottom of each multi-colored shape to expose a strip of pink fabric all the way around it.  Stitch each stack down through all layers by adding a small bead to each corner.



14. Here's what the bottom will look like, or some such similar pattern!




15. Using two strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch each stack to the felt top.




16. Again using two strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch another equally sized piece of black felt to the back of the piece.



   
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Friday, April 27, 2012

More artsy links!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to create cute clay pot garden bells for your yard.

Still Life and Strong Women
Cherie shares some new paintings. 

Beading Arts
"Spring Fever" month on Beading Arts is still in full swing as some readers share stories of pieces inspired by their own travels!





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Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to create a cheery no-sew spring scene wall hanging.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a pair of lace-up the back socks from a standard pair.  

About Family Crafts
The current make-it-over craft challenge is all about making footprint crafts! You can submit your ideas to be published or submit a link to a footprint craft!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
A week in Paris results in some pretty fun photography on Carmi's blog.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
When your princess's or prince's throat needs just a little something to keep it warm, this fast scarf project might be just what you need.  

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

More Venice...in town



Venice has a series of squares or piazzes that are connected by long narrow alley-ways. These alleys can either be stone or water, and when you are a stranger to the region, you’re never quite sure which will greet you as you round each corner. Or whether there will even be a corner to go ’round! Several times we made our way down a long alley, only to find that it dead-ended.


I’m sure you think we were idiots to have this happen more than once, but you honestly cannot tell if the “street” turns or not until you get to the end. Almost every buildable square inch of the city has been built, and that leaves the “streets” as a complete jumble. The guide book suggested just starting to wander and not worrying about where you were going…you really can’t get too lost. And it’s true! You’ll eventually stumble upon another piazza, and then you can find where you are on a map.




Yes, this building really is as crooked as it looks. That’s what happens when everything is build on top of shifting sand!






Venice is a great city for lovers…the narrow alleys force you to walk close to each other!



It’s also a great city for talking with your neighbors without using the telephone!



The residential area really is gorgeous, in a shabby, sun-soaked, and water-stained sort of a way. Wherever the “important” buildings are, there are also scaffolds and cranes. Venice is constantly being propped up, and there are areas where you can jump on the flagstones and get squirted by water. Hmmm…


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Venice...the Grand Canal


After several days in charming Orvieto, Mike and Dani and I headed off by train for Venice…the land of, well, no land! It was amazing. The moment we exited the train station, we could tell that we weren’t in Kansas anymore, if you know what I mean.

No cars. No bikes. No skateboards. Nothing with wheels. There were ferry boats, taxi boats, garbage boats, police boats, and gelato boats.




Our first order of business was to take a ferry up the Grand Canal to the region where our hotel was located, which was practically at the other end of the canal. What an experience that was! I couldn't stop snapping pictures, even though I knew most of them would be junk with all the movement. But I just had to remember the sights!







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Monday, April 23, 2012

Black felt quilt - part one


Sometimes I actually get around to using the samples that I create for tutorial purposes in an actual project...and this is one of those times ;-)

In March, I shared with you a book review of Shelly Stokes's new book, Rubbing Plate Roundup, and I showed you some fabric that I stamped and foiled using her methods.  Well, I saw the fabric sitting on my work table next to some other fabrics, and the next thing you know, I was cutting out a small geometric quilt.

Materials and Tools

2 pieces of black felt
1 piece of brightly colored cotton (pink)
1 piece of hand-painted fabric (yellow, orange, and pink with foil)
1 piece of fusible interfacing, shirt-weight
Cutting mat
Rotary cutter
Scissors
Iron
Double-stick tape
Beads
Embroidery floss
Needles



 

1. Cut the felt pieces to the same size.  The black felt pieces will end up a bit bigger than the colored fabrics.  Cut the pink fabric slightly smaller than the black, and the multi-colored slightly smaller than the pink.




2. Stack the pink and the multi-colored fabrics and cut a wavy edge along one of the longer edges.




3. Pull the multi-colored fabric back from the edge, twice as far as the border that you want, keeping it even.




4. Cut the next wavy strip.  Do not cut all the way through the top of the pink fabric, but leave it slightly attached.




5. Pull the multi-colored fabric back slightly from the edge again.




6. Continue to cut and readjust the top fabric across the width of the two pieces.  Cut the other long edge wavy to finish.




7. Remove the multi-colored pieces, keeping them in order.  Iron fusible interfacing to the back of the pink fabric before cutting off the part of the pink fabric that is still attached.




8. Place the multi-colored strips back onto the pink fabric and cut the top and bottom edges in a wavy design.




9. Continue cutting strips crosswise in a wavy pattern.  If the multi-colored fabric wants to shift as you cut, anchor it in place with small pieces of double-stick tape.







10. Place the strips carefully on top of a piece of black felt.  Pull the strips apart from each other so that the black shows through between rows.




11. Carefully cut the lengthwise strips apart, following the previously made cut marks.  Pull the strips apart from each other as in step 10.




12. Use small pieces of double-stick tape to anchor each fabric stack.

Next week - embroidering and finishing the quilt.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

More artsy links!

 

New Product Reviews and Making a mess - Laura Thykeson
Playing with my art supplies, or getting new ones to test.

Painted Glass Garden Mushrooms
Cherie uses paint and old dessert cups to make some glass garden mushrooms.  

Beading Arts
The fabulous Leslie Rogalski shares her thoughts about her creative process with us! You don't want to miss this!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to create a cheery no-sew spring scene wall hanging.

Mo(o)re Whimsies
Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers on a gourd.   

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to paint vintage style dahlias, 2 ways to create collages and make a recycled soda bottle bird feeder along with a recipe for atomic tofu pecan loaf.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy reviews an interesting new e-book on Fair Isle knitting that has some very cool embedded videos. 


Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to create cute clay pot garden bells for your yard.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to sew a scissor holster garter.  

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows her step by step how she created faux copper patinaed paper flowers.  

  

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Orvieto...the goods


Dani bought some olive wood coasters for Mike, who likes fine wood a lot.





She bought me some really good olive oil (to use in cooking for her, of course!), so I had to buy a carafe to put it in. Anna is the name of the potter, and her place, Orviet’Anna is well known to residents, but a bit off the tourist main street.



And who doesn’t like chocolate? Dani bought us a selection at the chocolate shop I showed you Tuesday.  Except for the Guinness bar, which she got on a side trip to Dublin Ireland ;-)



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pointillism suggestion from a reader


A couple years ago, I posted a tutorial for using the pointillism filter in photoshop to create a neat portrait effect.  Then just a short while back, L00ty left a comment about another method, which I thought I should share here.    


L00ty said:

    I had to do a pointillism effect on a background for a comic-book style piece. After trying a few different ways, including this one, I eventually hit on just the right thing:

    Open up a new file 4 pixels by 4 pixels, with a white background. Save this as a pattern. then go back to the image you want to pointillise and colour a layer in with the main colour (in my case light blue). then open blending options on that layer and select pattern overlay. Choose your point pattern and voila!

    You can experiment with the scale for different size dots but I found the default one just perfect :)

Using the same source picture as above, this is what I got:


Thank you, L00ty, for sharing your method!



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More Orvieto...the food



The Chocolate shop that Dani loves


The Orvietani take their food seriously! Breakfast is usually a light affair, followed by the main meal at noonish (dinner). Most have just a light snack at around 8 pm for supper. We decided to follow suit as much as possible while in Italy. It took a few days for us to adjust not only to the time change but also to the altered eating pattern.




Tiramisu and gelato…what could be better. Obviously the tiramisu didn’t last long!







Gelato is made with milk instead of cream, and it is a cup (or cone) full of soft deliciousness, eaten with a very small spoon.

Despite the fact that we had more-or-less the eating tour of Italy, I lost weight. Ingredients are fresh and natural. Sugar is sugar, and there isn’t corn syrup or salt added to everything you eat. Nothing processed. What a treat! I loved the food, the markets, the small cafes and the larger restaurants…all of it.

We ate quite a bit of fresh produce in Orvieto, because we knew that once we hit Venice and Rome, our pace would pick up and we’d run out of market options.



Dani (in purple) did our buying for us






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Monday, April 16, 2012

Upcycled paper towels


I always save the paper towels that I use for clean-up when I'm painting.  It makes me feel less wasteful knowing that these papers will be reused in future collages or in recycled paper making such as I'm going to show you today. 

Embroidery hoop with organza


Materials and Tools

Painted paper towels
Inclusions (optional)
Blender
Organza stretched in an embroidery hoop
Large shallow dish
Flat sponges
Waxed or freezer paper and a flat surface
Lots of cloth towels
Matte medium

1. Tear up the paper towels and place about 1 c of shreds into a blender that's 1/2 to 3/4 full of water.  Blend in short bursts and then blend until paper is pulped.




2. Place the hoop, concave side up, into the shallow dish and pour the pulp and water into it.  Swirl and use your fingers to distribute the pulp over the organza. 




3. Place the hoop onto stacked cloth towels and press with a sponge to drain out most of the water. 




4. Add inclusions if using.  You may need to add another smaller amount of pulp over top of these to hold them in place if using heavy objects.  Soy silk or other roving fibers, small dried herbs, and colorants can be added without additional pulp.

5. Drizzle or spray some diluted matte medium over the top.  Press gently to make sure the paper is saturated but the inclusions are not disturbed. 

6. Turn hoop over onto a flat surface covered by waxed or freezer paper.  Gently rub the organza to loosen the paper from the fabric.  Loosen the hoop and remove, gently peeling off the organza. 





7. Allow the paper to dry completely before using.


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