Saturday, 19 February 2011

Mixed–Media Art Quilt


I really enjoyed making this, not sure if it really is an art quilt, or a sampler though lol.

                      Hearts art quilt


I used a piece of fabric that I had painted and printed using on of my collection of old Indian print blocks. I used 505 to stick some batting on the back, and then started to decide on what to put on it!

I thought of hearts and sorted out some left over machine felted and stitched bits. These bits were all on Pelmet Vilene, and were able to be cut with  my Wizard using a Cuttlebug heart die. I then cut the squares from Pelmet Vilene and covered them with a script fabric, which I roughly stitched around. I added the hearts to these squares, using various embellishments buttons, sequins and beads. The edges of the squares were then tidied up using a small zig-zag stitch.

The squares were then placed on the background fabric using 505 repositionable glue to hold them in place whilst I machine-stitched them on.  To finish off I backed with pelmet Vilene and satin stitched around the edges.


Saturday, 5 February 2011

Fabric Tag Book


A couple of weeks ago I went, along with Adrienne and Wendy to  Ledbury Art Place run by Angie Hughes.

We did two courses, one on Indian Style Printing (more of which in a later post, the other on making fabric tag books.

               Fabric Tag 1Fabric Tag 2

We learnt how to use our printers to print onto fabric, tissue paper, transfer paper and how to print words out on to fairly narrow tape.

The secret of all this is a repositionable glue spray, we used 505, but I am sure that any brand will work, and being careful to keep your leading edge well stuck down.

We spent most of the morning, finding and printing backgrounds. Angie has a stand alone printer, but any flat feed printer should work. I have a Canon406 and it works perfectly. We also cut out several tags in a backing fabric, felt, pelmet vilene or anything of that kind.

                   Fabric Tag 3Fabric Tag 4

When you have a background you like, either found on the computer, a made collage, or even stamped, you can get you fabric ready. You need to spray a piece of normal copy paper with the glue spray, and attach your fabric, smoothing it out well. Make sure that there are no overhangs and then print. Remove from the backing paper, which can then be re-used several times. If you want to print onto tissue it is better to use a backing paper that has been used several times, so that it has a few bits of fluff on it!

                  Fabric Tag 5Fabric Tag 6

We then used Bondaweb to attach the fabric to our tags. Some of my tags have been painted with Gesso , but I didn’t so this with all of them.  I used stitching and embellishments as needed to finish my tags of.  I used 11mm eyelets (made by Prym) to finish the tags off , and put them onto a 2” book ring.

                  Fabric Tag 7Fabric Tag 8

                   Fabric Tag 9Fabric Tag 10

I had several small pieces of fabric left so pinching the idea from Adrienne I also made a baby tag book.



This was fun to do, and I shall run a swap along similar lines soon.

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