Celebrating *Valentine's Day* with Paper and Fabric

Techniques used: Instant Paper- Cloth (workshop I offer), Wool roving fabric, machine embroidery and hand-embroidery.
The Instant Paper-Cloth is a technique I developed, where you combine paper with cloth without the use of any polymer medium.

You could use printed matter that has a special meaning to you. Like magazines or flyers from your local area, from a trip, a store or a particular event.

After I made the base, I painted two bird designs and a heart shape. I love how the transparent layers of paper and wool roving play together.
If you have been reading my blog you know how much I like to work with thick threads so for the free-motion stitching I chose Aurifil12w cotton threads for the top of my machine.
For the hand-embroidery I used Aurifil Lana thread.  I really enjoy to use the textured strands of these threads. This 50% wool thread runs smoothly up and down the paper and fabric leaving behind strong and colorful marks.

Give a hug, cherish the people you love. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Wool Roving Fabric

Techniques: wool roving fabric-my latest article in the winter issue 2015 of Craft Ideas Magazine. ,infused newsprint cloth and hand-embroidery.

I started by ironing the wool roving fabric on an infused newsprint cloth based on my own technique where the end result is a pliable and washable fabric easy to sew.
Then I chose colorful spools of LANA Aurifil Thread for the hand-embroidery. Because these threads has been made with 50% wool, the textured strands marries beautifully with the wool roving fabric.
I hope you will try this new technique.

Interview with *Quilt Alliance*

You can watch my interview  made by the Quilt Alliance in here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCfVXVJgyaU Is in there where I explained how I made this quilt *Teapots*.

Quilt Alliance is a wonderful organization whose mission is to document, preserve and share stories of the quilts and their makers. I am honored to be included in their archives. Thank you Emma and Amy for your help!

*Create Textured Layers with Wool Roving*- my latest Article in Craft Ideas Magazine


 Detail *Geometry of Life*
My latest article is out in the winter issue 2015 of Craft Ideas Magazine. In there, I showed you how to create textured layers with wool roving without the use of an embellisher (felting) machine!!
 I used Aurifil Lana 12w thread for all my hand-embroidery.
Winter Issue 2015
I am in page 68!

*Sheer Paper-Cloth* Quilt

*Starry City Night*
Techniques used: Sheer Paper-Cloth, beading, hand-embroidery with Aurifil Lana Thread and free motion quilted.

*Sheer Paper-Cloth* Ornaments

*Bell Tents*
On page 16 of the latest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine-Dec15/ Jan16 , under my article entitled *Sheer Paper-Cloth*, I demonstrate how to make a pliable and soft material that is easy to sew by hand or by machine.
This technique is good not only for making art quilts, but also to make ornaments to decorate the house, especially now that we are in the Holiday season.
Once you have your paper-cloth ready, follow the next instructions to make a "bell tent":
1) Cut one piece from Sheer Paper-Cloth and iron interfacing in the back.

2) Draw and cut the pattern below from copy paper.
3) Trace the pattern on the right side of the Sheer Paper-Cloth (I usually use a mechanical pencil for this task but for this demonstration I used a black marker). Make sure you leave 1/2 inch of bottom border.

4) Cut circles from the contrast color areas of the Sheer Paper-Cloth and paste them with glue as shown
5) Select a dark color of 28w Aurifil cotton thread and load your sewing machine. Choose a free motion foot and drop the feed dogs.
6) Sew on the 1/2 inch space you left at the bottom of your traced shapes as shown in the picture below to go from shape to shape.
7) Select Aurifil Lana 12w thread for your hand embroidery. I love the bold marks these threads leave with simple stitches.
8) Once finished, cut around each shape.
9) Sew from the top dot to the straight edge. When you are ready to sew the third piece fold the opposite side as shown below (side view).
10) (Top view) You can see below the left side already sewn on both sides. It is folded to make room for sewing the right and third side.
11) After having finished sewing with your machine, each top side should look like this. Starting and/or stopping at the dots. Leave a small opening.
12) Cut a 14 inch long piece of thread. Tie up a jingle bell with a knot in the middle.
13) With the help of a tweezer pass both threads from the inside through the middle hole. It helps to rest the jingle bell at the edge, as shown in the picture, to have the right length of the thread.
14) Insert a little button on the top. Make a doble knot and apply a drop of rubber cement to the back.
15) Now that you know how to make one *Bell Tent*, why not make more and share them with your family and friends to spread some cheer throughout the season?

15th Anniversary Issue of Quilting Arts Magazine -*Sheer Paper-Cloth*

Quilting Arts Magazine 15th Anniversary Issue is out. Please find my latest article on page 16! In it I show you how to make *Sheer Paper-Cloth* with napkins and tissue papers.

This issue is packed with projects and beautiful pictures. What a wonderful way to celebrate. Happy Birthday Quilting Arts!
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