*String Painting on Fabric* WORKSHOP at the International Quilt Festival

*String Painting on Fabric* is one of my new workshops that will debut at the International Quilt Festival this coming fall 2016 in Houston.

This workshop will be held on Thursday November 3rd from 2 to 5pm.(In the catalog look under the Art+Quilt=Adventure category)
Each student will create this simpler version of the first figure shown above. 
After the painting is finished, we will add simple and yet dramatic hand-embroidery stitches.
I hope you will join me. I would love to meet you. Let me know if you have any questions.

*My Painted Garden*- My latest article in Simply Moderne Magazine

My latest article is out in the summer issue 2016 of Simply Moderne magazine#5. In it, I show how to work with transparent and opaque paints on fabric.

                                                   My article is published on page 66.
The fabric paints are from Prochemical and Dye I used their PROfab paints.

Once I finished painting, I used Aurifil 50w cotton threads to sew the inside details.

I used 28w cotton thread to sew around the border. Using this thread with a close zig zag stitch creates a  pronounced border while adding stability and also covering the loose threads from the raw edge.

I hope you will do this project and set a festive table to celebrate a nice meal surrounded with friends and family.

Working with *Variegated Threads*

Techniques used: Painted, Pieced, *HUG Stitch*
When I want a watercolor effect while doing hand-embroidery in my work I choose variegated threads. For this project I chose Lana Aurifil Thread , which is a 12 weight thread made from 50% wool and 50% acrylic fibers.

Oh, how much I love to work with these textured strands. They come in 12 different color combinations. For my samples I used number 8004.

Since I used double strand, and the thread changes color at different intervals I prepared and cut the strands beforehand. I tried to obtain a close color match of the second strand after the loop (where my sewing needle would be) as you can see from the picture above. 
This picture also shows hand embroidery that I called *HUG Stitch* technique. I'll teach this at this year's Houston International Quilt Festival.

More details to come as we approach the festival date.

MQX Quilt Festival New England *New Traditions in Textile*

*PEACE* a paper and fabric quilt
I'm honored to have received a teacher's ribbon from Candace West at the MQX Quilt Festival New England 2016 for my quilt "PEACE". I entered a new category called *New Traditions in Textiles*

You can read more about this quilt HERE

Hanging with the quilt was this card, were I explained how I constructed this work of art.

I used Aurifil threads, which are perfect also for working on a mixed media piece.

Thank you Janet-Lee and Mary, founders of MQX Festivals for opening this new category. There are many of us who like to work with unusual materials.

Make your *OWN* Stamps for Coloring Cloth

*Wool is my target*
 One of the reasons for always starting with a white piece of fabric is the liberty I have to make my own marks on the cloth. Lately I have been experimenting on carving my own stamps and using them to apply color and design to fabric.
I used the book *Carve Stamp and Play* by Julie Fei Fan Balzer to guide me on how to design my own. I cut a few.
And used them with fabric paint to color silk and cotton fabrics, as shown below.
I also made a small art quilt figuring a sheep. I chose 12w cotton Aurifil Thread to sew around the design with the help of my sewing machine and 12w LANA Aurifil Thread to sew details by hand.
 I LOVE how the LANA thread leaves bold details on my work with simple stitches. Once my sheep was embroidered I did my trapunto technique and sandwiched the three layers together.

Then I loaded the sewing machine with 50 w cotton Aurifil Tread thread and added free motion stitching.

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.

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