New Curious.com Lessons

I’m excited to have two new lessons on Curious.com/fiberdesignsbyann. One is How to Create Hand Painted Fabric and the other is How to Make a Fabric Hurricane! The hurricanes are made using my hand painted fabric that was treated with Terial Magic (TM). I’m working on more project lessons using my hand painted fabric and TM.

If you take my lessons and make any of the projects I would love to see your results!

best painted fabric

Quick, easy, and fun hand painted fabric

hurricane day and night

Hurricane for flameless candles. The hand painted fabric makes them look like gem stone.

If you haven’t check out Curious.com I would suggest you do… There is so much to learn!

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Painting birds and butterflies

I’m working on a commissioned art quilt that is a little larger than anything I have made recently and it has many pastel colors which is a palette I don’t often use. I’m enjoying the process and the challenge! It was requested that the piece have monarch type butterflies and birds, specifically bluebirds. I am painting and then stitching them which I have never done on such a small scale and never using the technique I’m trying… I have stabilized the fabric with Terial Magic spray and I’m not using a hoop when I free motion stitch/embroider. I’ll have more about the in a future post.

One thing I like about this method is that if the painting isn’t quite right (sparrow’s beak e.g.) I can correct it during the stitching.

Birds before stitching

On the butterflies only the black is stitched and the colors were just left painted. I’m okay with the white fabric being wrinkled because these elements will be cut out and appliqued on to the sky and flowers. But I’m trying a few changes to see if the fabric will always wrinkle when not placed in a hoop. I’ll keep you posted and I’ll post the finished quilt when I get there.

5 butterflies washed

Butterflies after stitching.

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More fun with quilling fabric

I made more coils and left them tightly coiled instead of making flowers. Then I turned them into a coil mosaic. I’m still fine tuning this process. The fabric is first treated with Terial Magic (TM) which makes the fabric stiff like paper.

hand_dye_terial_coils

These are the loose coils… aren’t to cool!

The trick is to use the right amount of glue (glue sticks haven’t worked for me). I am using regular white Elmer’s School glue. The glue needs to make the fabric moist enough the stick to itself. The moisture in the glue will cause the TM to be removed in the area the glue is applied (just a dot) but that is good because then the glue will allow the fabric to stick to itself. Once it has dried (only take a few seconds) the fabric will be stiff again in that area. For the coils with the pink and yellow light centers I glued two different fabrics together. The light centers are fabric I hand painted but the darker fabric is just a mottled, multicolored piece I dyed using Procion MX dyes. Cutting into 1/8″ strips. The multicolored fabric caused the color change in the darker coils. I really like the contrast in the coil where I started with the very light fabric.

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Quilled fabric coils applied to a ceramic tile

I have always made mosaic art by cutting glass, tiles, or paper. This is my first project using treated fabric and I know I will be making more and adding them to my other fiber art. I hope you will give it a try, it’s a blast!

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Fabric Quilling

I seems to have taken a detour which means I started working on something I didn’t plan to. Before I get back to where I should be going, which is creating a new mini landscape, I thought I’d share this. I treated some of my hand painted fabric with Terial Magic, a neat spray that makes fabric stiff until it is rinsed out. For this project the Terial Magic will not be removed.

This is my first, uneducated attempt at quilling. Quilling is a technique that uses paper strips to make coils and other decorative pieces. I figured if my fabric could be made stiff like paper I could use it in place of the paper. It was very fun and it could be addicting! Have you Quilled?

quilled_flower_1

First attempt. I like the leaf. The strip was cut 1/4″ wide. Usually 1/8″ wide is what is used. I used a tooth pick instead of the Quill tool (but one is on order!)… Breaking all the rules!

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See the fabric a little better.

pink yellow flower

I’ll be sharing how this fabric is painted in the near future. Strips cut 1/8″ on this one.

rosette

I used my fancy rotary cutter, cut an angle and ended up with this little rosette… not something a “real” quill artist would probably do.

 

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Talk and Workshop

I spent an evening and a day with Valley of the Mist Quilters Guild last week. A wonderful group of people making a difference in the world. On Saturday they created beautiful pieces in my Miniature Landscapes workshop, held at Primitive Gatherings CA . If you get the opportunity to visit that shop you will be wowed! And if you are in the Temecula/Murrieta area look up Valley of the Mist Quilters, they are a great group and would love to have you join them.

lecture photos

Fabric Exploration talk and some of my quilts

laura ida instructor ann

Sharing the stash…

votmqg mini landscape wkshop1

Busy, busy…

group2

Building away…

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Some of the group with their beautiful mini scapes

shirley cindy patty

We had a fun time together!

Photos taken by Pauline McCauley, Terri Barry, Shirley Brown and/or Ann.

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Heart Art: A Tutorial

I thought I would take a little break from my deadline work and play a bit. I’m not usually a heart art kind of person but this was fast and fun. I’ll leave it to you to think up ideas of where the finished heart could be used… maybe a tiny art quilt, on a fabric purse or tote, or simply framed? If you try it, I hope you’ll let me know what you did with the finished heart. (I apologize for the blurry photos but I’m sure you will be able to get the just of the process).  I love Neocolor ll wax pastels and that is what I used.

heart 1

Start with four pieces of freezer paper the exact same size.

heart 2

Iron three of the pieces together so that the paper side is out (like a freezer paper sandwich), then iron the fourth piece of freezer paper to the other three. Be sure they are lined up well so the freezer paper doesn’t melt onto the iron.

heart draw cut

Next fold regular paper and cut out a heart shape pattern. Then place the pattern on the freezer paper and draw around the heart.

heart draw design

Use a black marker to draw around the heart and then draw a free-style design inside.

bare needle

I removed thread, bobbin and presser foot. You may want to use a free-motion/darning foot but I prefer an open/bare needle. Be very careful if doing it this way.

bare needle stitching

Use a needle that will not be used on fabric ever again. Place the freezer paper heart under the needle and start stitching on the lines. I like to go fast and as you can see I didn’t follow the lines very well and that is just fine. If you go slowly it is easier to stay on the lines but for this project it doesn’t matter.

stitching finished

Cut the freezer paper heart out. This doesn’t need to be perfect unless you would like an even edge.

flip the heart

After all the stitching is done flip the heart over, notice this side is more textured than the other so this is the side to do the rubbing on. Place a piece of cotton fabric over the heart.

heart under fabric

Neocolor ll wax pastels may be used on fabric with water and other liquids and then heat set.

heart rubbing

Hold the fabric while using the wax pastels and rub across the fabric over the heart. I used one color inside and another around the outside edge.

rubbing done

When the rubbing is finished (there will be another rubbing later) removed the heart (this freezer paper heart could be colored and used in another piece of art). Place the fabric on a protected surface.

paint with water

Water and a soft brush used around the outside edge.

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Start with only a little water and see how it bleeds before adding more. Notice how bright the pastel becomes.

paint with alcohol 1

Next do the same with rubbing alcohol on the center design. While water really causes the wax to bleed into the fabric, alcohol brightens it without causing it to move as much,

paint with alcohol 2

After the center is done I wadded a piece of foil then opened it out. Placed the foil under the fabric and used another wax pastel color for another rubbing.

heart foil rubbing

Wadded foil

heart foil rub painting

Another color.

heart art

A little more water wash on the blue and then air dry and heat set using an iron. I think it is calling for some quilting!

 

 

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Winter Table Runner

Last post I mentioned our mild San Diego winters. I suppose compared to most places it is but right after I wrote that the rain came along with hail here in the city and even some snow in the low elevations and our  mountains. That was a week ago, this week it has been in the eighties! I painted fabric today so I’m very glad for the sunshine – it helps the fabric dry very fast.

I designed and made tree fabric to go with the snowflake fabric I painted last month. Here is a photo of the table runner, made by my young student, using both of the fabrics.

Winter Table Runner made by 8 year old

Winter Table Runner made by 8 year old

Thanks for stopping by and until next time…

I’ll be Quilting, Painting and Stitching Away!

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Winter

Winter has arrived, San Diego style – No snow just a little rain. Our garden plants are so happy.

I have been working on what has turned out to be a major project that will be officially announced soon. Until then I’m sharing a couple easy projects that my young sewing student has and will be making.

He made this small zippered pillow. I offered him three fabrics and he selected the one, I think, was the classiest. It has a different bird on the front and back.
pj winter pillow

It turned out so cute. Next he’ll be making a center piece/short table runner so I made this fabric for him to use…

freezer paper snowflakes

I haven’t cut out paper snowflakes in a long time, it was so fun. They are cut from freezer paper (gosh, I love that stuff!). I mixed up a thin paint using Jacquard Textile Color and water in a little spray bottle, ironed the flakes onto the white fabric (placed on a protected surface), and sprayed away. So quick and easy and I love the result! I’m sure some of you could come up with a good use for the snowflakes (the ones I didn’t tear apart in my excitement to see the finished fabric). They could, of course,  be reused to make more fabric. Now they are blue on one side and white on the other.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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Art in the Park and more…

There are so many art events going on in and around San Diego this month. I wish I could attend all of them but that’s not going to happen.

Here is a video my son produced for Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. He and I each have three pieces of art in the  Art in the Park. The reception is tonight but the art will be on display until November 7th.

One of the pieces is a hand painted whole cloth, heavily machine quilted including a wild rose in the stitching. It is mounted on a black canvas. I am very pleased with how this piece turned out!

Beauty on the Trails

Beauty on the Trails

Here is my small (14″ x 10″) piece that is at Visions Art Museum in their member challenge “Weather Forecast.”

Could Go Either Way

Could Go Either Way

There is a wonderful exhibition in the museum’s main galleries now through January 4, 2015. If you are in San Diego I would highly recommend it. It is a beautiful venue and lovely place to enjoy art. Visions Art Museum.

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Getting in there and finishing…

Well, I’m back! August was a month of many projects or should I say the beginning of many projects… and the finish of a few. I wonder if you have had that same situation (I hate to call it a “problem”), discovering so many new techniques, materials, and products to make art that at times it’s hard to focus and finish up the ones previously started.

During the month of August I had the pleasure of being invited to be one of the guest artists on the great blog “…And Then We Set It On Fire…, if you haven’t checked it out I would highly suggest you do. There you will find a wealth of surface design, mixed media, and fiber art ideas being explored (and finished) by several talented artists. They are so fantastic to share their wonderful creations, how they got there and even the mishaps along the way.

Coming in October to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts the SAQA exhibition “Shades of Passion.” I’m excited that two of my art quilts have been accepted into the this exhibition and after seeing the line-up of artists I’m honored to have my work included.

Now I’m in the studio working on more pieces for upcoming workshops in 2015!

Here are some bits and pieces, all works in progress, of what’s been happening in the studio in the past few weeks ~

feathered shore

the watchers

wild rose scape

could go

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