Thursday, April 14, 2016

A New Adventure - Weaving Fabric

Hello friends!!! As you know I love fabric and with Quilt Market coming up in May and I'm deep in sewing projects…right were I love to be. Sewing is my passion, it really sings to my heart and soul. The samples are being made with the new line of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and is called "Correspondence". You can find it in stores now. 

I was looking on Instagram one day and came across some fascinating post from Tara Curtis aka T_JAYE on Instagram.  She is a Master of Modern Weaving so I went to her site and did some research. I bought a book and some weaving needles. I was ready to try my first project…. many weeks went by and finally I started my weaving. 

I drew lines on a piece thick foam core board at the angels specified. 

Using a Bias Strip Maker I made lots and lots of 1/2" strips. Did I say lots! 

Then I started weaving off a diagram in the book I had purchased. Here is the first layer. 

Then I wove the next layer. At this point I was thinking I sure hope this is right because there is no resemblance of a star yet. So I kept weaving on the leap of faith that it would all turn out the way I wanted. 

I started the third and final layer. Here is a view of the weaving in progress. The pink thing is the weaving needle that I purchased from Tara. I can't even imagine how you would do this without the weaving needle.  
You can start to see the star now. But at this point I decided that my fabric choices weren't that good. There was to much white space in my dark fabric. So back to the drawing board I went. 

I made more strips. 

I did a little trial run with some different fabric choices and I think this is going to be okay. 

I started again but this time I went back and looked at a video. So much easier to weave this way. The first layer was a piece of cake. 

The second layer was also pretty painless. All was good except for the little error I made in the middle of the piece, of corse it's in the middle. Right? After it was all fixed I was on to the next layer. I learned it's not a good idea to be distracting while weaving! lol

Now the third layer is complete. I really love the way the striped fabric added a new pattern to the piece. A happy accident! 

So worth all the work. 

After the piece was stabilized with iron on interfacing on the back and stay stitching around the outer edge. I trimmed the piece to size and sewed on the binding. 

I'm really excited how it turned out! It was well worth all the work and I can't wait to try another! 

To find out more about Modern Weaving head over to Tara's website, there is so much inspiration and information there! 
Thank you Tara for all the words of encouragement throughout the process.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guest Artist - Tuesday's Tutorials with Marjie Kemper. l

Hello friends! I'm super excited to be featured over on the Marjie Kemper Tuesday's Tutorial Blog. The site features a new Mixed Media artist from around the world every Tuesday.  Click here to check out all the awesome inspiration. 


Here's a little peek…
Marjie, thank you so much for featuring my project! 
Don't forget to pop over to Marjie's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Steampunk Canvas with Distress Crayons

Hello friends! Today I have more inspiration with the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons! I really love the versatility of the Crayons, how they react when a little water is added, the way they make the surface feel and they come in my favorite Distress colors. 


The Flip Frame is a great way to display my mini works of art. 
I cut down a piece of Dina Wakley Media Board to fit my Flip Frame (3 1/4" x 5").Dina's new Media Board is coated with Gesso and it's a great surface for the Crayons and I love the added texture.

Draw Distress Crayons directly to the surface. If you are working on a larger area you would want to work in small sections at a time. 

Add a little bit of water and blend the Crayons with your fingers. 

Add another layer of Distress Crayons to deepen the colors. Add Walnut Stain to the outer edge to create a border and dry with a heat tool. 

One of my favorite techniques to do with the Crayons is to lift color back off through a stencil with a damp cloth. The stencil is made with the Mixed Media #3 Thinlits Set. It's always a good thing when you can multi task a product and use them for more them one thing. You could also use a Layering Stencil the new Mini Layering Stencils are the perfect size for small projects and cards.

Use the stencil vertically and horizontally to create interest. 

Randomly add Remnant Rubs. Cut out a section of Remnant Rubs, position over the canvas and using the Rub Tool rub the words randomly over the canvas. 

Cut Found Relative out and adhere to canvas with Collage Medium. Brush a layer of Collage Medium over the Found Relative and let dry. 

Draw around the Found Relative with a dark Distress Crayon and smudge with your finger. This will create a shadow and make the guy stand out. Add a Vial Label with a little Remnant Rub number. 

Distress Crayons also work on metal! Draw Crayon directly on to metal pieces and rub off the excess with a dry cloth. The Crayon will stay in the words of the Quote Band and around the raised areas of the Timepiece. 

Attach the Timepiece and Mini Gears by poking a hole through the canvas and securing them with Fasteners. I added foam tape behind the Timepiece to raise it up. 

Mask off the areas you don't want to splatter with a Post-it Note like his face and the Quote Band at the bottom. The Ranger Distress Splatter brush is a nice size. It's small and I think the splatter stays more contained. 

Splatter Black Soot Distress Paint with the Distress Splatter Brush. Apply a few drops of Distress Paint on to your craft Sheet, pick the paint up at the end of the Splatter Brush and splatter on to canvas.  

Add Nail Heads to Quote Band with Glossy Accents. 



I am really liking the versatility of the Crayons and how you can use them in so many different ways. The possibilities are endless. I can't wait to get some more time to play and experiment. 
I hope you will love the Distress Crayons as much as I do. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Here's all the goodies I used for this project.