Tag Archives: textile art

Painting Textile With Freezer Paper Stencil

Red, white and blue pillow

Large (king size) pillow sham for Americana Decor

I’ll start here, as the actual beginning photo is not too interesting. This is a large size pillow sham stenciled with abstract flag design.

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Gold Key Bag

On a ‘grab and do’ day I completed this fabric piece that had been in limbo for months. I’d had in mind to do something with keys and I had that fabulous metallic gold paint that is aging (also!).

This photo shows the back side and reveals its first transformation from white cotton fabric.

This photo shows the back side and reveals its first transformation from white cotton fabric.

The sticky paint on the slick surface of the keys made a sort of ghostly image. Undefined is often more intriguing than crisp and clear. I like how the keys seem to float in a dark, infinite space. (Infinite space of indecision!) The center band of gold was done by

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Trifold Card Wallets

Old canvases that were truly not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast and funky and upcycled!

Old canvases that were not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast, funky and upcycled!

Besides being ripped and sanded this one was burned.

Besides being ripped and sanded some were burned. Now I’m a pyromaniac. But I do have fun.

In my Etsy Shop.

Monarch Cardholder

Cardholder with tie

Cardholder with tie

A lightbox or even your window on a bright day comes in handy for transferring designs.

A light box or even your window on a bright day comes in handy for transferring designs.

I had grabbed a paper with printing on it for my graphite sketch so it was hard to see. I defined the lines Continue reading

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Stitching Color

Stitching Color

I felt like looking at color and I felt like stitching! This white cotton fabric first gained color on a day when I felt like splotching paint. I’ve added bright green stems and leaves but I’m not sure what it will become. (And no, I didn’t have my camera set right!)

Simple Burlap Pouch

Painted burlap printed with wheat.

Painted burlap printed with wheat.

Stamping With Nature

Free hand stitching to black interfacing.

Free hand stitching to black interfacing.

A random pick of nature seemed appropriate to decorate this simple burlap bag. Continue reading

The Other Side Raggy Bag

It was time to convert some of my fabric scraps to something useful. The collection is gaining too much volume! Early on, I decided to skip the red and white and stick to a more monochromatic blue/green/gray theme – a work horse bag with humor! 

I laid out cotton muslin as my base fabric and quickly layered scrap pieces, wanting to cover the base but keep it spontaneous.ImageImageImageImage

On impulse, I picked up a strip of muslin and laid it over the scraps. Continue reading

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Paisley Denim Wallet

Denim Wallet

Finally! It seemed I needed to show the result of this project in order to move on here and break my long silence.

I feel wordless every day for the past month (well, as far as my Blog is concerned!) so will simply post this photo of the finished denim wallet project. Available in my Etsy Shop.    SOLD

 

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Gray Lace Bags

Gray Lace Bags

Ghost print of the lace used on the denim in previous post. I always have something handy – or find something fast! – to use the last of anything. This material was once worn as a working man’s uniform trousers. Sturdy stuff. I liked the incongruity of the lace on the durable fabric that was already carelessly paint splotched with the blue. (See, it does look blue here! A previous post would tell why I couldn’t resist this comment.) These bags could also be further painted or embellished but I’ll leave that decision for someone else. Grunge bags for brushes or long tools, paper rolls or knitting needles. Available in my Etsy Shop.

Long one – SOLD

Canvas Splatter Bag

Sometimes the beginnings are simply the availability of materials. I hate to waste! This paint is on my home office walls but it does not look like this at all. Color can be such a mystery. It is a dark blue but it usually looks green. (I do love green but it was not my intention. I will repaint when my home project list shortens up a bit. You didn’t expect an artist to have a clean sink, did you?)ImageImage

I soaked the cheesecloth in diluted paint and laid it on the canvas with no expectations. I impulsively decided to use it without further development. (Seems like I said that same thing not too long ago!) I fused the canvas to high quality decorator chintz, grabbed painted blue denim for the zipper top and proceeded to construct the bag. It was stiff and difficult to work with but I switched to my trusty old commercial Bernina and all went well. Canvas BagI consulted my salvage drawer for cords and found some I had saved from fabric sample books. I couldn’t quite remember how to do a 4-strand braid. The braid book – although beautiful – required a bit more concentration than I was willing for. So I did a quick internet search and made notes on my hand as to which strand went where. I can remember it for awhile again.

Braiding the zipper pulls

Braiding the zipper pulls -Second strand over first, 3 over 4, 2 over 3. That’s how it goes!


Available in my Etsy Shop. SOLD