Saturday, November 15, 2008

Embroidery Booklet Tutorial by Eydie Liebelt of She Brews

Eydie Liebelt has the most adorable free tutorial that she created for her She Brews blog/website that I think you will enjoy. It's about creating an embroidery booklet and is shown below.

Embroidery Booklet


I made this booklet for Feeling Stitchy today. I put most of the tutorial on there, but I promised the pattern for the stitchery I did would be posted here. I got the idea from a coloring book, which looked like this:


Of course, I had to change it up a little, which seems to happen no matter what I do----is it "rebellion?", I have always wondered........I always have a little stash of embroidery thread that I take out of the needle as I am working on a project, and I cannot throw them away! So, I used them up to make the variegation in the colors in this project.


I decided I really liked the outline in black for this particular project. So, I started by outlining everything.






I took the embroidery to the printer and made color copies on cardstock and trimmed them at home. It's a great way to share your hard-worked embroidery with more than one person! And the little sewn booklet is a nice piece to carry in your purse with notebook and pen! Think of how special it will feel when you use it!

I forgot to purchase a matching pen for the display! It was too late this morning! But here it is open for you to see:


I will probably be putting this in my shop later today. I have a few more in the works, too. I think they will make great gifts!!!




okay, there you go!

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Eydie Liebelt of She Brews. Eydie is an Independent Artist & Designer. She creates vintage papers and materials, collages, wearable art accessories, and softies.

Please visit Eydie's She Brews blog/website at http://shebrews.typepad.com/ .

Her Flickr photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebrews/.

Her Etsy Store is at http://www.ohmy1.etsy.com .

Friday, November 14, 2008

Embroidering Dragonflies and Damselflies Tutorial by Eydie Liebelt of She Brews

I thought you would all like to know that Eydie Liebelt has a wonderful free tutorial on embroidering dragonflies and damselflies that she created for her She Brews blog/website that I think you will enjoy.


I really enjoyed stitching this little damselfly. I decided to add the shadow after I finished in the tradition of my watercolor damselflies. I think from a distance, it has the effect I desire.


I will have to ask Jay show me how to make .pdf files, but for now, simply right click on the image and choose image and go to file and choose print and you should have them. In the meanwhile, I will look into adding the patterns in the sidebar somehow.


With a lightbox, I transfer the pattern on the light colored fabric with a water soluble pen that I trace the pattern with. In the case of transferring on to dark fabric, I usually free hand it with a gold gel pen. After tracing the pattern, I usually back the fabric with another fabric to stabilize it when embroidering.


For this insect, I outlined it in number 12 perle cotton, otherwise, I usually use number 8 on everything. I wanted the outline to not be as defined as the rest of the damselfly.


Here you can see me outlining the damselfly first....while thinking about what color to do the wings and body in......


I looked at pictures on Flickr of dragonflies and other books to come up with some color ideas. The next picture is of a ribbon embroidery dragonfly I did several years ago, so I have no idea, exactly how to show you how I did it. I took a ribbon embroidery class and have done little ribbon embroidery since.......


I know the wings are organza ribbon, and the stitches matter that I used for the body, and I beaded the eyes. Sometime, I will have to try to do it again. Meanwhile, I must get to work, but I have been embroidering a lot, and will continue to post my projects. Tomorrow, I leave for Hayward and will be back Sunday to post.


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Eydie Liebelt of She Brews. Eydie is an Independent Artist & Designer. She creates vintage papers and materials, collages, wearable art accessories, and softies.
Please visit Eydie's She Brews blog/website at http://shebrews.typepad.com/ .
Her Flickr photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebrews/.

Her Etsy Store is at http://www.ohmy1.etsy.com .

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Two Sewing Tutorials - Spotty Spring Drawstring Bag and Bunny Bunting by Rachael of Rachael Rabbit

I thought you might all like to know that Rachael of Rachael Rabbit and Rachael Rabbit Blog has created two wonderful FREE sewing tutorials for creating a drawstring bag and for creating a baby bunting on her blog.

Tutorial: Spotty Spring Drawstring Bag

Here's what Rachael had to say about her drawstring bag:

One of my dream jobs would be to be a professional wrapper - you know the people that get to wrap up parcels all day in pretty paper and tie satin ribbons around them to make them gorgeous ... OK maybe after the 1,000Th parcel I might have had enough ... but I love to wrap things up and the presentation of a gift (to me) is half the joy. Each cuddly little softie from Rachael Rabbit is sent to its new home in a little cotton sleep sack (gift bag) and the cotton bags really do add a little something extra.

Tutorial: Bunny Bunting

Here's what Rachael had to say about her bunny bunting:

I was digging through my box of material and I came across some old scraps of fabric and I was suddenly possessed to make some bunting. My husband tells me that bunting isn't really used in America ... but having done some research - it seems that it is indeed an American thing: "A lightweight cloth material often used for flags and festive decorations (American)."


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit .

You can visit her Rachael Rabbit blog online at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Rachael Rabbit shop at http://www.rachaelrabbit.com/index.html.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Simple Pillowcase Tutorial by Rachael of Rachael Rabbit

I thought you might all like to know that Rachael of Rachael Rabbit and Rachael Rabbit Blog has created a wonderful FREE tutorial for creating a simple pillowcase on her blog.


Tutorial: Simple Pillowcase


Here's what Rachael had to say about her simple pillowcase tutorial:

When my sister was here I was telling her that I had lots of material but I had a 'creative block' - and I wasn't sure what to do with it all - or what to make next. She suggested I should be ruthless with my fabric and get rid of anything I knew I was never going to use. I haven't done that yet (I'm still in 'must not waste a scrap' mode) but today I did visit my favorite fabric store in the city to get some inspiration and once there it was hard not to be naughty.


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit .

You can visit her Rachael Rabbit blog online at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Rachael Rabbit shop at http://www.rachaelrabbit.com/index.html.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Potato Printing Tutorial by Rachael of Rachael Rabbit

I thought you might all like to know that Rachael of Rachael Rabbit and Rachael Rabbit Blog has created a wonderful FREE tutorial for creating a stamp out of potatoes on her blog.

Tutorial: Potato Printing


Here's what Rachael had to say about her potato printing tutorial:

This post was supposed to be 'Crafting with Sister #3' but my husband came up with the better offer of kayaking on the lake - so I was left to play with potatoes by myself!

I can't remember how or when I learnt to print with potatoes ... but it is something I have loved doing since I was tiny - I've made pictures, wrapping paper, cards ... and now I am going to attempt to make bunny themed goodies with some items I have ordered from Dharma Trading (discovered via Angry Chicken).

I used to draw on the potato with a pen and then cut around the shape - the shape was never perfect so I thought I would try and make a potato stamp using cookie cutters. So grab a potato and come print with me ....

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit .

You can visit her Rachael Rabbit blog online at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Rachael Rabbit shop at http://www.rachaelrabbit.com/index.html.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

How To Build A Snowman Free Tutorial by Blondie Spence of Vintage Primitives

I thought you might all like to know that Blondie Spence of Vintage Primitives has another wonderful FREE tutorial on her Vintage Primitives blog about creating a painted snowman woodcraft.

Here's what Blondie had to say:



How to Build a Snowman . . .

Last fall I did a really quick and natural tutorial on how to make a wreath. This morning when the birdies were still sleeping, I woke up with an itch to paint something. I decided to share my morning with you. This is an oober simple project. I have used a piece of wood that I actually found! It was with a few others that appeared to be mistakes but worked great for me! Oops, I guess you know now that I like to dumpster dive occasionally.

How to build a snowman:


First find a piece of wood that would hang nicely on your wall. Here's the one that I am re-purposing:



I sanded it smoothly, blew off the dust and proceeded to paint it black



Because I am always in a hurry to finish a project, I used a blow dryer to complete the drying process. Then I used a white colored pencil to draw some eyes like this:



Next step is the fun part. I used an antique white paint and a scruffy brush. I began to pounce around the perimeter in a circle and around the eyes, leaving them black, like this:



Kind of looks like a mask, doesn't it? You can make the eyes in any shape you like, and if you feel like you want more white than I have shown, go for it. I liked this texture for myself. Next two steps are combined because I forgot to take two photos. Told you I was in a hurry!

You want to squirt out some orange for the nose; Take a round brush and make lines down the middle for the nose . . . . and then ~ pounce some of the orange with a bit of the antique white. Pounce on your pad to blend. then make cheeks - it should look something like this:



Next, dip your brush nib into the antique white and make two dots for eyes. You will also need to pour a wee bit more of the black to make the mouth. It should look like this when you have done it:



Next step - we're almost done ~ pour a bit more of the antique white. Using a fine round brush - I don't know what size - whatever fits your hand good - I am not good at knowing what numbers are which with brushes - I paint by the seat of my britches most of the time - Anyhow, I have painted a saying on the sign. You may want to use your white colored pencil to get the spacing right - Here's mine:



Next step is the funnest step of all - Take a toothbrush and dip it in the antique white paint. Using your finger, splay it around for a snowy effect over the snowman and words.

After it's good and dry, seal with a matte sealer, and put a hanger on the back. Voila! easiest project I have done in a while! Enjoy!!


Copyright © 2008 All Rights Reserved - Written By Blondie Spence of Vintage Primitives blog - http://vintageprims.blogspot.com/. Blondie is a folk artist, quilter and gardener.

Please visit Blondie's Humble Arts Vintage Primitives shop at http://www.thehumblearts.com/vintageprimitivesselling.html

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another Free Tutorial by Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio has another wonderful FREE Tutorial on her Honey Girl Studio blog. This one is about creating decorative paper.

Decorative Paper Tutorial

I've been experimenting with pages from books to make my own decorative papers for backgrounds on my Artist Trading Cards as well as collages. I thought you might like to see the process......

The first thing to do is to get a book you are willing to sacrifice and tear out a page. Dilute a little acrylic paint and brush over the entire page. Make sure it is diluted enough that you can still see the text show through.....





Next dilute a little bit of robin egg blue acrylic paint and dip the bottom of the paint bottle in it and stamp circles randomly over the paper.......



After the blue circles have dried, I took a bronze colored ink pad and dabbed it all over the paper here and there.......



I looked through my stamp collection and found swirls and I flower that I liked and stamped with black ink over everything.....



Next, I took the tip of the brush and dipped it into crocus yellow paint and made dots all over...



The last thing I did was to take sequin waste and use to it stencil dots with brown ink.



So now I have a piece of background paper to use for a few ATCs!


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio. Melissa is a mixed medium artist.

Please visit Melissa's Honey Girl Studio website at http://tootieu.googlepages.com,her Honey Girl Studio blog at http://www.honeygirlstudio.blogspot.com/.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

ATC Tutorial by Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio has a wonderful FREE Tutorial on her Honey Girl Studio blog about creating an ATC (i.e. Artist Trading Card) card.

Here's Melissa's tutorial:
ATC Tutorial

I call this the anatomy of an ATC. Putting together the elements of an Artist Trading Card reminds me of quilting in a way. I have a quilting friend who told me the formula for a nice looking quilt which is the following: fabric in 3 lights, 3 darks, 2 mediums; 2 solids, 4 prints, 1 plaid, 1 stripe. The same is true of creating an ATC, at least for me. I have a little formula for myself and although I vary here and there this is basically how it goes: a dark, a light, a medium colored papers; black rubber stamp(s), a stripe paper, a dotted paper, paper punch forms (flowers, etc.), a copy of a vintage photo or postcard. Then I start to layer the elements. I use gel medium which really adheres papers nicely and keeps them down.

These are the tools I used: flower paper punch, matte gel medium, black ink pad, flower stamp, Cutter Bee scissors, vintage photo distress ink, round sponge.......



Pick out 4 to 6 papers, one dark, one light and one medium in colors.....



I start with a paint chip for the back. It adds good stability.



I glued the dark blue decorative paper onto the paint chip back with the gel medium.......



Next I stamped the flower image with black ink 2 places on the card and used the distressing ink and smudged on the ink with the round sponge here and there......



I copied a bunny image from a vintage postcard and a vintage photo of a little boy. I colored the boy's shirt and pants in with marker. Flowers were punched out of the pink with white polk-a-dot paper and glued down.



Lastly, I add the little finishing touches such as adding ears to the boy and a tiny banner with the word "joy" stamped on it.



Here is the finished ATC, ready for Easter! The title of it is: Two Bunnies!

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio. Melissa is a mixed medium artist.

Please visit Melissa's Honey Girl Studio website at http://tootieu.googlepages.com,her Honey Girl Studio blog at http://www.honeygirlstudio.blogspot.com/, and her Tootieu's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeygirl_studio/.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Graphics from Karen Watson of the Graphics Fairy

I thought you might all like to know that Karen Watson has a TON of FREE vintage graphics and clipart on her The Graphics Fairy blog. If you love vintage clip art and graphics then Karen has some wonderful FREE graphics.

Here's what Karen had to say about her blog:

I have to confess I have a paper addiction! I've decided to share many pieces from my huge collection of vintage and antique paper items here on my site. Selections will include old wallpaper, early photos, advertising pieces, Victoriana scraps, and other assorted ephemera. These images are suitable to use in your collages, for scrapbooking, or as clip art for web design, etc. and they are free!

The Graphics Fairy is an angel company. Which means you can use these images to make a product that you intend to sell. There are a few rules though so please read below:

1. The graphics are free however you may not use more than 4 of the clip art images in any single product.
2. In order to use these lovely visuals you will need to save them to your computer.
3. Do not link directly to the images.
4. If you use these on your blog, website, etc. Please include a link back to The Graphics Fairy at http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ .
5. Have fun!


Here's a sampling of some of Karen's FREE graphics and some of her 59 categories:


Halloween



Holidays



Flowers



Black and White Clipart


Please respect Karen's TERMS OF USE: - The Graphics Fairy is an Angel Company. You are free to use all clip art and photos, with the exception of the banner, in any of your projects created for resale or pleasure. Please do not use more than 4 of the graphic images within any one project, or single blog/website page. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website. Thank you!

Copyright © 2007 - 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Karen Watson. Karen is the owner of
The Graphics Fairy/ - http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ and Fleurish - http://www.fleurishnews.blogspot.com/ a brick and mortar store located in Leesburg, Virginia that specializes in well priced vintage furniture, stylish lamps, Italian paper products, and French glassware.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Amigurumi and Knitted Scarf Patterns by Else Tennessen of Else's Bellas Artes Blog

I thought you might all like to know that Else Tennessen of Else's Bellas Artes blog has created two wonderful FREE .pdf amigurumi crochet patterns and 1 knitted scarf pattern on her blog.

To view her patterns just go to her Else's Bellas Artes blog and look for the FREE PATTERNS category at the top of her blog.



Ladybug Amigurumi
Copyright © 2008, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


SIMPLY A GNOME! Amigurumi
Copyright © 2007, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


Eyelet Scarf
Copyright © 2006, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


Please respect Elsie's TERMS OF USE: All patterns copyright Else M. Tennessen. You can make these items for personal use and limited sale as long as a credit is given saying "From a pattern by Else Tennessen, www.bellasartes.blogspot.com." Please do not sell, copy or distribute this pattern in any way. Do not link directly to the pattern; please link to www.bellasartes.blogspot.com.

Bio: Else is an artist and writer living in the Windy City. She is the mother of four boys and "dog mom" to a rat terrier named Daisy. She enjoys many types of arts and crafts, and is currently learning to hand spin her own yarn.

Copyright © 2008, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 18, 2008

How To Make Fabric Beads by Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild


Don't throw away your scraps,
Make fabric beads instead.
Gather into a pile scraps of cloth, yarn, thread, & embroidery floss.
Wash the pile using your washing machine, sink or bucket.
It is the dryer that really creates a lovely tangled mess of color.
Pick out from your clean, dried stash a couple cloth pieces
measuring no more than 2-3 inches in length.
Roll the scraps in the palms of your hands until you have a
tight enough ball to actually PIN into place.



Thread your needle with an arms length of quilting thread
and sew in and out of your pinned creation until it is stiff.
After I feel that my fabric bead is nice and tight,

I tie off & cut my thread starting back into the fabric ball
but this time adding seed beads.
If you prefer, add a string of glass beads to your ball
to create a tail.



You now have colorful fabric beads

for embellishing purses, books, clothing, art dolls...

THE IDEAS ARE ENDLESS.



Go one step further and add charms to the base of your fabric bead,

create multiples of fabric beads to turn into bracelets/jewelry.


Please respect Monica's Terms of Use: Have fun creating different variations of fabric beads and please feel free to sell your finished pieces! My "How To Make Fabric Beads" tutorial may not be copied, reprinted, emailed or distributed by any means without my permission.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild. Monica is a doll artist, mixed media artist, textile artist and fabric artist. Please visit Monica's Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild blog at http://www.girl-gone-thread-wild.blogspot.com/ .