Little Dress Boutique is in your local Hancock Fabrics and its ready for the holidays! The adorable collection includes four different dresses, each packaged as a kit with everything you need. Aren’t these dresses (and little girls) precious? Watch the video below to view all the sweet dresses. Also, be sure the pin the images below to Pinterest to share the inspiration! You can find Little Dress Boutique in your local Hancock Fabrics or you can shop online here.
Friday Play Day is about “Stitch Doodling” but if you don’t free motion quilt stay with us – mixed media is flexible. You can get almost the same look with embroidery or ink. You’ll need a sewing machine that will drop the feed dogs and a darning foot.
For our mixed media project, I think a flower design will be good for today – think Chrysanthemums for fall. I have a bright yellow Fabric Elements fat quarter, some tissue papers and a word stamp. I stamped on gauze, orange tissue and cotton fabric.
Mod Podge matte medium will bind the paper and fabric. A heart cut torn from the Elements tissue is added to the composition. A few rustic stems and leaves are added. Circles cut freehand will be the centers of the flowers. Use the matte medium to glue under and over all pieces. Let dry.
Layer with a piece of batting. Now to the sewing machine! Thread the machine with black thread. It’s always a good idea to practice, so warm up with a few circles and leaves on scrap fabric. If everything is working well, start stitching. Move quickly, and keep the machine stitching at a quick pace. Stitch one petal arch, stop, decide where to go next, and move the fabric to that place smoothly.
Keep adding stitching lines, sketching in leaves to fill in blank spaces. Try to go down the stem to the bottom instead of cutting off the thread. Any mistakes can be over-stitched, or cover with a button or fabric flower later.
Don’t sew? Here’s a version sketched with a waterproof, fade proof pen like Micron or Pitt.
Flowers are easy shapes to stitch doodle, make some up this weekend. Layer them with paper, gauze, journal over them, add elements like ribbons or lace. Enjoy your mixed media garden!
The Fabric Elements Blog Hop has come to an end and we’d love to share the final projects created! Keep scrolling to see what you might have missed. As with the other posts, click on the title above the photos to visit the post. Stay tuned to the end of the post for Fabric Elements updates!
Fabric Elements Update
Now Available Online
You can now shop the Fabric Elements collection online at Joanns.com! Just click here and you will go directly to the products without having to search.
Creative Challenge Extended
We’ve extended the deadline to enter the Creative Challenge to October 25th! Many Jo-Ann’s stores did not have Fabric Elements products available at the initial date of availability, so we’ve adjusted the deadline to allow everyone time to find the products. Now you even have time to order the products online!
An introduction may be necessary for Peltex and Lutradur. These are two materials that a lot of scrapbookers, quilters and sewists don’t have a personal relationship with – and you should! Once you use them in your mixed media art, you’ll find more ways to be creative with them. We have them packaged together, two 8” x 10” sheets of Peltex (black and a white) and an 8” x 20” piece of Lutradur.
Peltex is a very stiff material that makes a stabilizer for purses and bags and dimensional art. It can be sewed through and is flexible, but still goes back into shape after some manipulating. Project ideas are artist trading cards, post cards, or shaped bowls. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer created a fabulous fabric vase for the Creative Challenge starting with Peltex.
Peltex makes the perfect foundation for a postcard. Create word ‘panels’ to layer onto mixed media, giving you time to check placement before you commit.
Lutradur is a strong base medium, a cross between fabric and paper, even though it looks delicate. It can be painted and collaged, put through a printer, sewn and cut without fraying. Use it in layering – glue, fuse or sew it to anything. It doesn’t rip or warp, so even heat processes can be used, if you like the distressed look.
Use it as a base for a bracelet, as Rebekah does in the Techniques book. Here’s a works in progress and a finished bangle. The texture was created using Sizzix Fabi and embossing plate. Yes, Lutradur with fabric can be embossed – a little metallic paint and the result is amazing.
Experimenting and finding new ways to use fabric with Fabric Elements is going to continue through October. I hope you’re inspired to try something new!
Hello Friday – it’s Play Day! Let’s mix fabric, scrap booking and needlework today. The technique I’m exploring today, mixed media embroidery, can be found the Fabric Elements Techniques for Mixed Media book on page 7. For mixed media, I think Fabric Element’s Osnaburg is essential to have on hand, so let’s use it today. Osnaburg has a rough muslin look, with slubs and imperfections in it. Since we got messy painting fabrics the last two weeks, let’s use one of the bright cotton fat quarters as a base. Tags are a great base for embellishing. We have them ready to use, or hand or die cut your own if you can.
If you have spent any time scrap booking, you know how fun a Sizzix machine can be. Absolutely addicting, right? Rebekah shows how to use a circle and flower embellishment, so I tried the osnaburg and paintable fabric. Then I cut some more paper, muslin, waffle cloth, a scrap of Land of Whimzie flannel and a chevron print (anything within reach). It all cuts easily!
In a few minutes, a new stash of embellishments is complete, ready for paint, glue or stitching. (Did you know you could win a Sizzix Fabi in our #FabricElements Creative Challenge?! Click –> here <– for more info.)
I’m working small today, because I want to hand stitch. The background is 6” x 8”. Just enough room for 3 tags to fit. A little glue stick will hold them in place.
With a bright background and light tags, so let’s pull dark paint and put some stencil elements on top. Start with the image you like best, for me it’s the bird and crown. Then place something in the top left, top right, bottom… done. Try adding media in groups of odd numbers – 3 or 5 of something.
Let dry, then it’s time to stitch down the tags. Make simple big stitches, add a few French knots, maybe some cross-stitch in the corner, just for fun. Use color if you are feeling playful.
Your mixed media art is almost complete. On each tag, there are blank spaces purposely left open. As you play, your art work may decide what it wants to be. Audition different elements. Use your special collectibles and small treasures. If it can be sewn or glued down, feature it – mix it – into your fabric design.
The first: “You inspire me” features a large, special button may turn into a greeting card for a friend. The second: “Thinking of You” with pretty buttons will make a cute pillow. The last audition combines scrapbook brads and vellum tags.
Here’s my finished project. Simple embroidery holds the mixed media piece onto an Osnaburg and muslin pillow.
If you can’t decide what to do next – make another one! Artists often work in a series. You can too!
It has been a busy week for Fabric Elements! The blog hop has continued with the addition of several more beautiful pieces from some amazing bloggers. Keep reading and scrolling to catch up on all the latest news and to see a sneak peak of all the projects. We’ve been lucky to have several incredibly talented bloggers participating in the #FabricElements blog hop, so be sure to click the link above their project to visit their blog. You’ll be able to see all the photos that go with their project as well as the techniques they used.
It’s Finally In Stores!
Fabric Elements is finally in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores! Have you found it yet? It is located at the end of the aisle in the quilt department. Be sure to pick up at least two pieces so you can play around and enter the Creative Challenge! If you haven’t seen it in your Jo-Ann’s this past week, leave us a comment letting us know and include your city and state.
The Creative Challenge is underway! To enter, all you have to do is play around and create a piece that uses two or more pieces from the Fabric Elements product line (the project can also incorporate non Fabric Elements products). Then, share your project on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #FabricElements. You have until September 30th to enter! The winner will receive a HUGE prize package worth over $400! (It may or may not include a
If You Need Inspiration
The best part about working with Fabric Elements is you can’t go wrong. But if you just aren’t feeling inspired or don’t know where to start, Rebekah has created several videos to help you use the products. The videos demonstrate several of the techniques found the Techniques For Mixed Media book that is available as a product. Visit our YouTube channel for a playlist of all the videos.
The weekend is here and it’s Friday Play Day! Last week I explored painting on fabric using some of Rebekah’s techniques. This week, let’s explore the Fragile Fusion technique using one of the Fabric Elements kits. (You can watch Rebekah demonstrate this technique on our YouTube channel or at the bottom of this post.) This is one of my favorites – mixing fabric and tissue paper. Together, they become something new, ready to be covered with paint and stamps. For this project we will use EZ-Steam II fusible web, one sheet of tissue paper and paint. First step is to fuse the tissue and fusible, so remove the white sheet to reveal the sticky side. Center the tissue on top and use your hands to secure it.
My inspiration today is antiques – old wood, iron, leather, distressed and stained. So, a monochromatic paint palette of golds, yellow and brass was chosen, and, of course, black and white. Add paint, here and there. Some times the paint was thinned a bit with water so shades would blend into each other.
A damp paper towel pounced over the surface will help blend and remove excess paint.
Some wrinkles in the paper bothered me at first, but then I accented them with dark paint, adding some ‘character’. Mixing gold with black added dark shadows around the edges and corners where natural aging or soiling would occur. Let dry.
Stencil with white paint, or try using Gesso – a thick coat will give some nice texture. If you haven’t heard of Gesso, it is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these. It’s great for giving texture to mixed media pieces.
Tone down with a wash of paint. Black paint splatters were flung on top using a toothbrush and thumb nail. Keep layering color, balancing dark and light, covering what you don’t like, adding more of what you like.
When finished, think about what you will fuse it to. A canvas banner to hang? Peltex for artist trading cards? Lutrador or muslin to make a cuff bracelet? Felt to create a purse? The tissue surface can be protected with layers of mod podge – so go ahead and plan a cuff or purse!
Using the canvas banner will be a nice way to finish quickly, so let’s set up the ironing surface. A piece of muslin, the banner, and the fragile fusion piece. Remove the blue backing and place it on top of the stack.
A little pressure will hold it in place. Pressing will make the fusible permanent. Protect the iron and artwork with the backing or parchment, and your banner is ready to hang! Add journaling or ink a poem if you’d like. Stitch by hand or machine, or attach a sepia tinted photo.
And there you have it! Fragile Fusion – combining fabric, paper and YOUR imagination. Have a creative weekend!
The Fabric Elements blog hop is well underway and products should be appearing in your local Jo-Ann’s this week! We’ve been sharing the blog posts on our Facebook page, but we wanted to share some of the highlights on the blog. Keep scrolling to view photos and click the blogger’s name to view their post. Don’t forget, there a great prizes to be won for participating in the #FabricElements Creative Challenge. Click on over if you need more details.
Fabric Elements puts in your hands a mix of fabric and paper to create art. Please take a few minutes to visit JoAnn’s and see the collection. The packaging is beautiful, covered with inspiration! This is Mixed Media – it mixes, you mix, media and mediums.
The idea is to keep mixing, adding, layering, until your piece is complete. It’s all here – tissue, stencils, textures, lutrador, peltex and more. Pick up a kit or work from the Techniques book put together by Rebeka Meier. You will develop your own style. Start by imitating, but quickly you’ll evolve and your designs will be unique. There are no rules with Fabric Elements.
Every Friday in September I’ll post some pictures of studio work play time. It’s a peak at my creative process using Fabric Elements. We’ll experiment together, with techniques and supplies. Even if you don’t think you are a creative artist, you can make these beautiful, heartfelt art pieces. Let’s get started with a Friday Play Day!
The “Techniques” book, page 12 was used for guidance. Pick one of the white-on-white fat quarters for the background, they are amazing! Gather a few supplies – a few paints, water, brushes, a palette, then protect and cover your table.
To loosen up, don’t think about the big picture, or what this fabric will be used for. Enjoy the present – the moment. Start with your favorite color in a corner or right in the center. Textile paint will flow easily, craft paint will need to be thinned. Experiment. Spritz the paint. Spritz the fabric.
Add another color; blend; spritz; soak the fabric and watch the colors run. Experiment again. Hold the fabric up so the paint travels, blot to remove some.
Be bold, or go so soft. Use paint right out of the tube or mix with white.
Because this piece is a background element, I’ll stop here and let it dry. At this point, your hand painted fabric can be used for patchwork or sewn into a little zipper pouch, like Rebekah did. It would be lovely!
What if we try some more techniques on our painted fabric? Pull together a few stamps and stencils, Artist Trading Card bases, picture frame and lace.
Works in progress. After cutting to size, stamp and stencil to add dark and light contrasts. The ATCs need just a little more layering and embellishing. Add words and dimensional accents as you’d like. This is the place to add personal elements to your hand painted fabric.
To one background, I mixed lace, painted flowers, pearls. To display this little piece, a simple pillow-case background and hem was made, then slipped over a simple acrylic frame. I have a beautiful old butterfly brooch that I may pin to the bottom right corner. What do you think?
Thanks, Rebekah for the inspiration!
There is one more finishing step that you just can’t skip! Be sure to personalize your quilt with a label. Record important information – your name, date, where you are living, and the recipient’s name or event you made the quilt for.
QuiltBlocks Quarter in a light color, cut about 5″ x 6″
Freezer paper, cut 4″ x 5″
Hand sewing needle & thread
To get started
Decide what you want to write so you can determine the label size. About 4″ x 5″ should fit basic information.
Cut a rectangle of freezer paper 4″ x 5″. With a permanent marker and ruler, mark guide lines on the paper side.
Press it onto the wrong side of your 5″ x 6″ fabric.
Write your personalization. The Micron Pigma .05mm by Sakura is my all time favorite.
Remove the freezer paper and reuse it centering it on the back. Iron just the 1/2″ seam allowance over the edges. Now you can iron the label in place on the back or your quilt, the freezer paper will hold it steady. Use just a pin or two to secure it. Hand stitch in place around three sides, stop 2″ before the end so you can slip your finger or tweezers in to remove the paper, then finish stitching, knotting and hiding the thread tail.
The label has your signature, home place, and date recorded for generations. Now that it is attached, you’ve completed your heirloom masterpiece! Congratulations!