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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Use fabric scraps for mixed media art

Are you looking for ways to use up small fabric scraps that are too small for anything? I discovered a fun way to do this by making what I call scrap sandwiches. It's not a new concept, but I couldn't find any good tutorials for it, so I decided to make my own instructions. I’ll sometimes spend an afternoon making these. It’s a fun and mindless project that produces interesting and beautiful textures and colour combinations that can be incorporated into your art quilts or mixed media projects. I’ve used them for quilt art postcards, makeup bags and book covers. Fabric sandwiches were incorporated into my art quilt Mother Ship that's on the Fall 2012 Quilting Arts Magazine cover in Fall 2012.


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You Will Need

Small fabric scraps.
Light weight muslin or any light weight non-stretchy fabric cut to 9 x 12 inches.
One piece of tulle cut to 11 x 14 inches.
Sewing machine

While working on a project, I throw my fabric scraps in a box I have under my work table. After I have a big enough stash of scraps, I sort everything according to colour and store them in plastic bags.

fabric scraps for mixed media art

Monday, 9 March 2015

My Hat From a Life Lived

This is my art hat titled Empty Nest that was in the art show Hats From a Life Lived held in Fall 2014.

hat from a life lived

The show was organised by Manitoba fibre artist Colette Balcaen and the concept for the show was quite beautiful.
When [Anastazja Urbanik] passed on at the age of 94, I received many of her hats. Now my project, Hats From a Life Lived, gives the opportunity to many artists to express an aspect of their life. The participants adapt a hat from another life to give it a new life.”   - Colette Balcaen
Empty Nest was created to commemorate my journey that began 20+ years ago after losing a child to an ectopic pregnancy. Prior to my miscarriage, I experienced many years of infertility, so this loss was especially tragic.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I WANT TO BELIEVE: Free UFO poster for your sewing studio

I've been a UFO buff for many years and couldn't resist creating this little scene with a vintage 1930s NEEDLECRAFT magazine cover. 

Get a FREE 8" x 10" print HERE