Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Here's to good cheer and new fabric!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Leaf Printed Pillow

Last month we offered a class on printing with found leaves onto fabric, and then sewing up your printed fabric into a pillow. I got the idea from Lotta Jansdotter's lovely book, Lotta's Prints. I appreciate the simplicity of the process and the individual differences of each print. It's interesting to think about what you can make prints with.
Since the class is not continuing in January, I wanted to share the how-to with you!

-Leaves and Branches. These can be dry or green, sparse or dense, large or small.
-Paint. We used regular acrylic paint in the class, but any fabric or permanent paint will work.
-Cotton Fabric.
-Newspaper, stipple brushes or scrap fabric, paper plates.
-Sewing machine and sewing supplies.

1. On your fabric, mark the size of your front pillow piece and draw a frame with chalk. Typical sizes are 12"x 12", 15" x 15", 12" x 18".

2. Gather your materials and think about composition and color. Do you want to repeatedly print with the same branch across? Or just print a single branch diagonally? Play around before you print.

3. Place the leaf or branch on newspaper, with the back side up. The back of the leaves and branches will have more detail when you print. Use a stipple brush or scrap fabric piece to blot paint onto leaves. Use a good amount of paint.

4. Be sure to put a piece of newspaper under the fabric you'll be printing on, or between the layers of your fabric. Transfer your leaf onto the fabric with paint side down. Place a clean piece of newspaper over the leaf and fabric. Press with your fingers and side of your fist all over the branch. Be sure to keep it steady. You'll have to press fairly hard to get a clean print. Repeat for as many prints as you want to make.

4. Let the paint dry.

5. Cut our the dimensions of your pillow, leaving a good seam allowance. Sew it up, stuff it, or place over another pillow.. that's it!

You can print like this on anything. Curtains, tote bags, wrap skirts, even your walls!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter Fair at the Waldorf School

A few weekends ago we had the pleasure of having a table at the Waldorf School's Winter Fair. I have never been there personally, but I had always heard such wonderful things about it, so I was excited to take care of our little table. We had all our Stitch Kits set up in rows, some pincushions,

and a few things from my etsy shop for good measure.

The school is amazing. I am jealous that I had to suffer through the joke of regular public school. The fair was magical, whimsical, campy, crafty, and fun.
We were lucky enough to get to be next to my BFF, Amanda Jones of Venus Art. She makes the most wonderful yarn and trinkets. One of these days I am going to splurge on some of her hysterical yarns. Maybe Santa will bring it for me? :)
It was so festive and fantastic.
Beth Berry, one of our talented class teachers, was also there with a table. Her crafts blew me away! She is so talented. I am kicking myself for not taking photos of her 'Fairy Houses', cork 'Mushroom Men' with little knitted hats, dresses, and baby bibs. So good, and so inspiring!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

..Gift O Rama...

The holidays. For many a crafty person, well, I'll speak for myself, it's time to start whipping up some handmade goodness for friends and family. I often have good intentions, but time seems to escape me. So I turn to little cute project ideas or supplies for my crafty friends. For the not so craftily inclined, I hope an easy little kit will inspire some creativity.
So thinking about this, I have come up with a few gift ideas.

For the Knitter:

*a knitty needle case made by moi, knitting needles, sparkle yarn by Vickie, a knitted tree sachet, and handmade gift tags to wrap it together with by venus art. Me Gusta!

For the Quilter:

*a Craft-O-Rama wrist pincushion kit, fancy little flower pins, a tape measure, and a few fat quarter bundles..both patterned and solid.

For the Stitcher:

* a few choice sublime stitching embroidery patterns, t shirt stabilizer, and a rainbow of floss. (sorry about the sideways photo, it wouldn't cooperate)

For a Kiddo or New Crafter:

*a few ADORABLE hand sewing patterns from wee wonderfuls, felt and fabric fat quarters, and a needle pack.

I love the holidays!