Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Week 7 Journal! Valentine's day is always a favorite of mine. I used to love getting all of the valentine's during school. My particular favorite was the project of making the holder for my desk so that all of the valentine's had a place to rest. This technique is adapted from Ruth Rae (ruthrae.blogspot.com/). Her video "The journey is the Destination" by Quilting Arts Workshops provides many creative ideas. She demonstrates how to use a transparency as a showcase for beads, buttons and other embellishments. This quilt is made from two pieces of fabric that are stitched together. Two images are transferred onto the transparency and cut to size. Layered over decorative paper and fabric three sides are stitched by machine. The beads, buttons and angelina fibers are placed into the "pocket" formed by the stitching. The final phase is to stitch the top of the pocket.
Hope everyone is surviving winter. I finally got my internet fixed so I should be able to post in a more timely fashion. This was last weeks quilt journal. It is fashioned after a technique featured on quilting arts TV by Alisa Burke (http://www.alisaburke.com/). The "fabric" is actually made from recycled plastic grocery bags. Place a few bags between a non-stick heat resistant surface. Iron the bags so they melt to form a thicker piece of plastic. Continue with the bags until you achieve the desired thickness. Keep the labels on the inside to keep the paint from melting onto the surface. After you finish ironing, allow the plastic to cool. Paint with fabric paint as that doesn't separate from the plastic. Then embellish with stamps, pens, fabric, stitch, and stencils. The instructions on Quilting Arts TV are outstanding, and Alisa has an amazing website! Her video "Creating Vivid Mixed Media Fabric" is also amazing and gives so many valuable tips.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

As we approach valentines day, I decided to try my hand with embellishing! This journal quilt is done with an old gray wool sweater that was cut into a 10" X 10" square. Next I used wool roving with a felting machine to construct the hearts. This is so easy and fun to do. I stamped the fun valentines day saying's that are often found on the candy conversation hearts. These were attached with thread. The border is a vintage piece of lace trim.