Thursday, January 31, 2008

Topiary Tree Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog



Topiary Tree... tutorial
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I still have not done any sewing...withdrawal symptoms are starting to set in, but here is one of my favourite designs for you to make.A lovely topiary tree to embroider and frame....great gift idea!

Please read all the instructions carefully before starting

MATERIALS

Fabric and Pellon 13”x15”
Bucilla 4mm silk ribbon, 2 cards for the main roses and buds, 1 card for the daisies and bow, 1 card green ribbon for the leaves.
Green stranded cotton for the leaves, Gold thread for the pot, Brown rayon stranded thread for the tree pole.
Five gold beads.
Sewing thread to match ribbon of the main roses.
No. 20 Chenille needles are used for the ribbon embroidery.
No.9 crewel needles are used for the threaded embroidery.
I used a spray can top to draw in the circle for the flower ball.



Embroidery measures.. 6 1/2 inches ....Click on picture and it will come up bigger and easier to see.

PREPARATION

Iron fabric to remove creases, tack pellon onto back of fabric.Fold fabric in half horizontally and vertically and finger press to find centre.Making sure to line up centre of fabric to the centre of the design sheet, use pencil to mark in the main flower placements through the paper....I only dot in the flower placements and work in the rest freehand.

1. SPIDER WEB ROSES: With thread to match ribbon, stitch in the five evenly spaced spokes for the roses, then using the 4mm silk ribbon weave in the ribbon to make the roses.

2. DAISIES: With the 4mm contrast ribbon work in the daisy flowers in ribbon stitch as shown in the design sheet.

3. BUDS: Keeping the shape of the tree round, using the different colours of the 4mm ribbon stitch in buds around and in between the flowers leaving room for some leaves. Using one strand of green thread work a straight and a fly stitch on each bud.

4. LEAVES: With the 4mm green ribbon, Ribbon stitch the leaves around flowers. With one strand of green thread work lazy daisy leaves in and around flowers to soften the design.

5. TREE POLE: Using rayon stranded cotton cut 18 strands of thread 20cm long, Holding one end in left hand twist with right hand until threads begin to kink, then fold in half and allow the cord to twist onto itself. Tape both ends with sticky tape to stop them unravelling. Make a tiny hole at base of tree ball and insert one end of pole, pin down to hold. Measure straight down 6cm, make a tiny hole and insert other end of pole, pin down to hold making sure tree pole is straight. Using one strand of the same thread stitch in place, Stitching in between the twists as though part of the tree. Stitch down both ends of pole at back.

6. GOLD POT: Make a template of the pot from the design sheet or draw up your own design, Lining up the centre of the pot to the base of the tree pole, draw around template with HB pencil and using 1 strand of gold floss, Stem stitch around pot, stitch in design on pot as shown in design sheet.

7. BOW: With 4mm ribbon make a bow and stitch in place under tree ball with French knots

8. TREE BASE: Using left over 4mm ribbon work small buds and leaves in pot, and Lazy daisy leaves.Your work is now ready to be framed or made into a cushion. A boxed frame with matching Matt board will enhance your work and keep it dust free.


Please respect Julia's Terms Of Use: Items made from Julia's tutorials are for personal use only. You may make an item for yourself or as a gift, but items made may not be sold either for small personal profit or commercially. Julia's tutorials cannot be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without Julia's written permission.

Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog. For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe." For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Potted French Garden Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog




Potted French Garden...
Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri

I'm still working on my Dear Jane quilt for a few days... I stitched this sweet little embroidery a few years ago ... I thought I would share this with you to make for yourself or perhaps for a gift...Christmas is only a few weeks away!

Requirements:

Fabric and Pellon: 14”x12”
Double sided satin ribbon: 15mm Burgundy, 1 Metre.
Silk Ribbon: 7mm Pink 2 Metres, 7mm Burgundy 2 Metres, 7mm Mauve 1 Metre. 2mm Sage Green 2 Metres.
DCM Threads: Green 647, Yellow Gold 437, and Mauve 211.
5 Small Pearl Beads.
CERAMIC RELIEF TERRACOTTA TUB.

PREPARATION
Fold the fabric in half horizontally and vertically, and finger press to find centre.

Making sure to line up the centre of fabric to the centre of the design sheet. With a HB pencil and using your preferred light source, lightly pencil in the placement for the folded ribbon roses. Tack pellon onto the back of the fabric.

EMBROIDERY
No. 20 & 22 Chenille needles are used for the ribbon embroidery,

No. 9 crewel needles are used for the thread work.

No. 9 straw needles are used for the bullion stitches.

Working up from the folded ribbon roses....

1. FOLDED ROSES: With the 15mm Burgundy double-sided satin ribbon, make five small folded roses. Stitch in place using matching thread. Using the 3mm Green ribbon, Ribbon stitch two leaves at the base of each rose.

2. DAISES: Directly above the roses, using the 4mm pink ribbon (5), work in four 5 petalled daises in ribbon stitch.

3. SPIDER WEB ROSES: With thread to match ribbon stitch in five evenly spaced spokes for the rose. With the 7mm Burgundy ribbon work five small spider web roses above the daises.

4. BRIAR ROSES: Using the 7mm Pink silk ribbon (5), stitch in five 5 petalled Briar Roses in loop stitch. Now with one strand of DMC thread (437) work one straight stitch in each rose petal and a Pearl bead in centre of each rose.

5. BUDS: With the darker 7mm Pink ribbon (22) stitch in five groups of 3 Buds as shown in the design sheet.

6. LAVENDER: With two strands of the Mauve cotton and the Straw needle, Starting at the base of the Lavender and working up the sprig, Stitch in Thirteen 11 wrap Bullions as shown in design sheet.

7. LEAVES: Stitch in lazy daisy leaves around daises and around buds and at the base of the Lavender. Next work straight stitches and Fly stitches on the base of Buds and Lavender.

8. LOOP STITCH LEAVES: Using 3mm Green ribbon. Loop stitch leaves around folded roses and also make a few ribbon stitch leaves at each side of the end roses.

9. TERRACOTTA POT: Place the terracotta pot underneath the folded roses making sure the loop stitch leaves are not caught under, Stitch in place or glue on using a clear drying tacky craft glue.Your finished work is now ready to be framed. A boxed frame with matching Matt Board will enhance your work and keep it free from dust.


Please respect Julia's Terms Of Use: Items made from Julia's tutorials are for personal use only. You may make an item for yourself or as a gift, but items made may not be sold either for small personal profit or commercially. Julia's tutorials cannot be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without Julia's written permission.

Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog. For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe." For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How-To Make Polymer Clay Alpha Cabs From Monica Magness of Girl Gone Thread Wild

How To Make Polymer Clay Alpha Cabs




I had a request to show the necessary steps for making my Alpha Cabs.

Have fun creating different variations of alpha cabs and please feel free to sell your finished pieces!

To start, preheat oven to 275'.

Gather up several molds- choose molds with faces, textures & alphabet impressions.



Condition your clay.

Make a 2"+ diameter ball and roll it into a snake-like piece.

I like to run my molds under cold water prior to use.

Push one end of the clay into the face mold.

For EASY release, chill in freezer 2-3 minutes PRIOR to removing clay from mold.



Smooth out any indentations above the eyes with your fingers and impress the forehead area with your alphabet mold.



Trim away excess clay to form a rectangular shape around face & letter.

I've been known to use a playing card to shape my cab.



Using a toothpick, redefine the facial features(nose holes, dimples, etc).

Place your unbaked cabs in a GLASS dish and bake 15 minutes total.

I generally set an alarm for 15 minutes and set off to work on another project during baking time so not to forget about & over bake the cabs.

After cooling, set out to paint your alpha cabs with acrylic paints and stains in a variety of colors.
Varnish and enjoy.

Alpha Cabs can be added to altered books,journals, fabric books, art purses and any art piece that will hold a 2 1/2"-4" cab.



Please respect Monica's Terms of Use: Have fun creating different variations of alpha cabs and please feel free to sell your finished pieces! My Polymer Clay Alpha Cabs 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/ .

Monday, January 28, 2008

Glitter Gourds and Felt Garland Tutorials From Melissa of Haworth Handmade

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa of Haworth Handmade has several wonderful  Crafting projects, how-to's, and ideas tutorials on her Under Construction blog.

Shown below are links to her "Glitter Gourd" and "Felt Garland" tutorials:


Felt Garland Tutorials (or why I'll have to pack mothballs in the Christmas box)
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Glitter Gourds
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I hope you enjoy Melissa's FREE tutorials.

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Please visit Melissa's Haworth Etsy shop and her Under Construction blog.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Interfacing Applique Technique Tutorial From Melissa of Haworth Handmade

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa of Haworth Handmade has several wonderful FREE Crafting projects, how-to's, and ideas tutorials on her Under Construction blog.

Shown below is a link to her "Interfacing Applique Technique" tutorial:


Interfacing Applique technique
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I hope you enjoy Melissa's FREE tutorial.

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Please visit Melissa's Haworth Etsy shop and her Under Construction blog.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Silhouette and Tote Bag Crafting Projects Tutorial From Melissa of Haworth Handmade

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa of Haworth Handmade has several wonderful FREE Crafting projects, how-to's, and ideas tutorials on her Under Construction blog.

Shown below are links to her silhouette and tote bag crafting projects tutorials:


Silhouette Tutorial
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Tote Bag Tutorials - make those freebee tote bags beautiful
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I hope you enjoy Melissa's FREE tutorials.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa of Haworth Handmade. http://haworth.etsy.com/ .

Please visit Melissa's Haworth Etsy shop and her Under Construction blog, too.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Even More FREE Primitive Graphics From Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop

Brenda surprised me the other day and send me more FREE graphics from her Hattie's Workshop website and I have to tell you they are just delightful. Thank you so much, Brenda.

I hope you all like them. There's a berry star, grubby candles, a twig star and an adorable primbunny.



Berry Star
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"Grubby Candles
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Twig Star
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Prim Bunny
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Brenda has many, many more FREE graphics, avatars, blinkies, and backgrounds on the FREE Stuff page of her Hattie's Workshop website.

Thanks for sending the FREE graphics, Brenda.

Please respect Brenda's TERMS OF USE: My graphics are free, but are not to be resold. Please link the graphic back to www.hattiesworkshop.com . THANK YOU!

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop http://www.hattiesworkshop.com/ . Brenda is a graphics designer and owner of Hattie's Workshop which sells country primitive graphics including websets, auction templates, logo's, labels, business cards, stationary and so much more.

FREE Graphics Backgrounds From Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop

Brenda has some wonderful FREE backgrounds, avatars, graphics, blinkies, etc. on her Hattie's Workshop website. Here are a few of her FREE background graphics:


Backgrounds
























Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com .


Brenda has many, many more FREE graphics, avatars, blinkies, and backgrounds on the FREE Stuff page of her Hattie's Workshop website.

Please respect Brenda's TERMS OF USE: My graphics are free, but are not to be resold. Please link the graphic back to www.hattiesworkshop.com . THANK YOU!

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com . Brenda is a graphics designer and owner of Hattie's Workshop which sells country primitive graphics including websets, auction templates, logo's, labels, business cards, stationary and so much more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More FREE Graphics From Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop

Brenda has some wonderful FREE backgrounds, avatars, graphics, blinkies, etc. on her Hattie's Workshop website.

Here are a few of her FREE graphics, avatars, and blinkies:


Avatars












Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com .



Graphics










Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com .



Blinkies







Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com .


Brenda has many, many more FREE graphics, avatars, blinkies, and backgrounds on the FREE Stuff page of her Hattie's Workshop website.

Please respect Brenda's TERMS OF USE: My graphics are free, but are not to be resold. Please link the graphic back to www.hattiesworkshop.com . THANK YOU!

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop http://www.hattiesworkshop.com/ . Brenda is a graphics designer and owner of Hattie's Workshop which sells country primitive graphics including websets, auction templates, logo's, labels, business cards, stationary and so much more.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

FREE Graphics Especially For "The Best Free Craft Articles" Blog From Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop

When I asked a friend of mine if I could post some of her FREE graphics on my blog she said "absolutely" and went one step further and sent two to me just for my blog.

That's what I love about Brenda. She's always so thoughtful and kind and I just love her graphics. Thank you so much Brenda.

So, here's the two graphics Brenda sent just for "The Best FREE Craft Articles" blog:




Baby Snowman
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Raggedy-Angel
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Please respect Brenda's TERMS OF USE: My graphics are free, but are not to be resold. Please link the graphic back to www.hattiesworkshop.com . THANK YOU!

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Brenda Addison of Hattie's Workshop www.hattiesworkshop.com . Brenda is a graphics designer and owner of Hattie's Workshop which sells country primitive graphics including websets, auction templates, logo's, labels, business cards, stationary and so much more.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Calico Bag Makeover Tutorial by Corry of Dutch Blue Blog

Calico Bag Makeover


Underneath this bag hides a simple calico shopping bag.The kind of bag you sometimes get for free at the store.They often have names and logo's printed on them. If you don't use those bags anymore than this is a great way to recycle, it's easy and quickly done.



step 1. unstitch both sides of the bag so that the bag will look like this (photo below).



step 2. Sew fabric strips,lace and ribbons on the right side of the open bag so that the whole surface is covered.



step 3. Close the bag again by stitching both sides.Turn the bag and .......



finish!



You see it's so simple as can be !


Please respect Corry's TERMS OF USE: People are welcome to link to my photos and text. You may not copy, reprint, email, or redistribute the content or photos from this tutorial in any way without receiving permission from me first. Thank you.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Corry of Dutch Blue Blog. http://dutch-blue.blogspot.com/