Category Archives: painted fabric

Painting Mottled Fabric Video

I’ve come up with a new technique and posted a video for a fun hand painted fabric using Terial Magic, the spray stabilizer I’ve written about in the past.

I like to have a variety of different painted fabrics to use (don’t we all!) as backgrounds for stamping, stenciling, embroidery, and/or machine stitching or just patchwork. I’m looking forward to painting more and using these mottled pieces!

If you are interested and get a chance to watch the video, I appreciate it! Thumbs up on the video and questions are always welcome.

I’m working on all kinds of things getting ready for the San Diego Quilt Show (I’m Lead for the Quilt Sales booth again), but I’ll be posting more videos as I can.

Thanks for stopping by!

Painted Fabric in a Hoop Part 2

Funny how things get pushed to the back burner or taken off the heat altogether.

A short time ago someone commented on my Fabric Painted Landscape in a Hoop video that I posted in 2018.

Unhooped and before split

As I was looking through files to find some information about that video I found several clips I hadn’t remembered filming. They were of the machine quilting, thread play, and How-to for cutting the two tiny quilts out of the fabric.

Thread play close-up

So I’m editing the clips for the part 2 video now but it is taking some time (You may remember that my editor moved out, though he may still come to my rescue on this one!). Anyway, here are the finished tiny quilts.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post the part 2 video shortly.


With butted corner binding finish.

Projects & New Lessons

I’m happy to say I have a few new lessons and a new course on Curious.com and will be adding more soon. About Curious.com…
“Curious is an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers from around the world.” “Curious offers a free trial which gives you a week of Curious+ at no cost. Enroll in some lessons, browse the collections – try it before you buy it!” Curious.com, I’m amazed by all that is offered there; everything from dog training, to mixed media art, to how to tango!

Some of my new lessons are…

How to Painted Leaves on Fused Fabric

How to Make Fiber Art Paper

How to Make a Foam Flower Stamp and How to Make a Mixed Media Tag.

The tag is made using the fabric leaves, fiber paper, and the stamp.

I will also be posting new videos on my YouTube channel as soon as I can and have re-uploaded a couple older fabric painting videos that had to be edited (music changes), here’s one of them…

“Clash”

Painted Landscape or Two!

I painted a little yesterday using my old quilt hoop (as the stretcher frame) and the Jacquard Textile Colors. The plan was, and still is, to do a bit of machine embroidery over the painting, then sandwich it and add some MeAnndering (aka free-motion quilting). But after I took the fabric out of the hoop to press it I realized my horizon line was just about smack in the middle of the painting and that doesn’t work for me.

Now the plan is to make two smaller pieces… YES, twice the fun!

I’m off to add a bit more dimension with machine embroidery. I’ll share that in the next post. In the meantime I’m linking up here to Nina-Marie at Creations… where she post wonderful content and shares links for other talented and inspiring quilt and fiber artists.

Fabric Play

I was thinking about making some winter cards so I was playing, with sun-printing (again) using leatherleaf ferns and Setasilk and then painting with Neo Color wax pastels. The first three are from the same large piece, I’m floating a card stock “window” over it to find an area I like.

I’m not sure where I’m going with those but I know the Neo Color pastel poinsettia is crying for some thread play. The pine cone was really an experiment and it’s just okay. I may have to fix the stem because the branch looks like a stem shadow (more pine needles?). I should have done a wash around it too; I don’t like the white area on the right. Maybe that would be a place for some white (tone on tone) embroidery or maybe free motion quilting.

      

And below is a poinsettia card I made for my aunt. I posted a card similar to this in the past but this one is a little different in that the leave/petals hang beyond the edge. I like this one better and I think my fabric quilled beads with French Knots make the perfect flowers.

As I was writing this post my daughter gave a little holler saying “Sky!” and if you know anything about my family you know that is the signal to go upstairs and out on our bedroom deck. It was to see this…

Always makes me want to paint fabric!

This Time of Year…

I was almost a Halloween baby having been born the day before and have always enjoyed the end of October. When our kids were little I loved making their costumes and painting their faces. My daughter is an artist and draws original cards for most special occasions around here and they usually feature a cat. The design on this little art quilt was from a birthday card she gave me a few years ago, which I enlarged, traced onto fabric, painted, layered with batik, batting and felt, then quilted. It was fun to make… I may even quilt it some more!

This tiny pumpkin is my fiber art contribution to the Halloween/Autumn festivities this year. I will be making a short video on just how I made it and later share some other projects it could be added to (Here it is on a greeting card with free-motion stitching).

Painting Fabric Pinwheels

I rarely make patriotic art but I wanted to make pinwheels using fabric and paint and since the 4th of July is approaching this turned out to be one of those rare occasions.

I reached for the Terial Magic spray stabilizer. It worked great, making the fabric behave like paper. Here is the finished piece and the step I took to make the pinwheels…

I like how the pinwheels seem to be lifting the pot off the ground like a hot air balloon!

I started by treating white fabric with Terial Magic and cutting three inch squares.

Apply star stickers (I made these) to treated white fabric.
Use a sponge and acrylic paint, dab over the entire surface.
Let dry (it dries quickly) and remove stars (if the stars are still sticky save for other projects).
Cut a wavy line through card stock to make the stencil.
Flip the square over and use another color paint and a sponge to dab just to one side of the stencil (for a less formal stripe).
For a more formal stripe – after cutting a curvy line in the card stock, tape the two pieces together leaving a 1/4″ gap.
Once the piece is dry fold it in half diagonally, open out and fold the other direction corner to corner again.
Now cut from the outside corners to a little past half way up on each creased line.
Bring every other corner up to the center.
I apply a piece of tape to hold while I get the thread and needle ready.
Use a needle with a double length of thread and remove the tape.
Start on the back side in the center and push the needle and thread through to the front. I like to use a thimble to help push.
Catch each point in a clockwise fashion and pull thread tight. Stitch through to the back and come up again to secure.
Grab the button and stitch it on, then flip to the back and tie off the thread.
And we have made a pinwheel!

I can imagine these being painted for many occasions or used to decorate a room. They would be fun to make with kids and glue could be used instead of needle and thread.

If you make fabric pinwheels I love to see your creations!

Nature and Art

I think all the rain has really caused Spring to SPRING around here. I’m finding all kinds of things to photograph on my walks… nature that has or will spark a work of art.

Early yesterday I fished a tiny pale aqua colored bird’s egg shell out of our waterfall and set it on a near by rock that was almost the same color. The image below is fabric I painted to mimic a stone that contained Map Lichen. I enjoy trying to replicate rock and stone texture on fabric.

Then later on our walk we came upon a beautiful garden with gorgeous roses, all splattered with morning dew drops. The quilt, I’ve shared before, is Gifts from her Garden.

Then today on our walk there was this, ivy climbing up a tree. I wish I could have gotten closer or had a camera rather than my phone. The contrast in color and texture really struck me. It reminded me so much of my photograph on fiber piece – “Coexistence”. I’m happy and fortunate to be able to take walks and find inspiration, I know I write about it a lot!

Taking a walk…

One of my “kids” had an appointment and the other was going to the zoo to take photographs so I tagged along. I walked through Balboa Park which is where our world famous zoo is, stopping at the reflecting pond, it was nice to see this artist painting.

It was a beautiful day and the flowers were blooming pretty.

Looking back toward the artist

Speaking of flowers; here is a detail peek of my painted quilt (lighting not so good, sorry). See a reminder of what it looked like before it was a painted quilt.

Heart Art Gone Awry

A couple weeks ago I was working on a new Heart MeAnndering video. When I finished stitching I wasn’t happy with one of the petals, so I ripped it out, fixed it and added some French knots. Then before editing I discovered that at some point during filming I must have left the camera on (went to fix dinner or something), thinking I had turned it off. So when I started stitching again I actually turned the camera off! Yes, there is a screen that shows if the camera is recording or not and yes, I have been accused, on more than one occasion, of not looking to make sure. Needless to say there’s no video.

If that wasn’t disheartening enough, when I went to press the very white background fabric I neglected to use protection and my not so clean iron left discolored marks!

After the fix and before the iron accident

Maybe I should have just given up there but no; I had that much into the darn thing, I just couldn’t. I mixed up some textile paint and painted the fabric surrounding the heart and of course while doing that I accidentally splattered paint ON THE HEART! So I had to add more splatters to make it look intentional, right? It’s still bugging me but I’ll give this heart to a loved one and she’ll probably frame it. As often happens when things go awry – lessons were learned along the way!