Category Archives: Textile
This method of decoration is only suited to patterning synthetic fabric, such as polyester, nylon, lycra or acrylic. Transfer printing is the best used were you wish to produce an intricate multi-coloured design on cloth. In fact, it is the only method of printing different colours simultaneously (don’t mention here professional digital printing). Transfer printing can be employed to pattern both finished garments and lengths of fabric.
Lavander bunnies can be made in any stretchy fabric, but off-cuts from 100% wool jumpers and merino blankets make the softest friends. Fine wool jumpers are better washed on a really hot wash so no stuffing can peep out through the knited fabric. You can also use favourite too-small baby clothes or blankets as a precious keepsake of younger days.
The bleach technique is used on designs with a dye background, and is an alternative to painting the background around the motifs (called blotching). The bleach removes areas of colour from a dye ground, making it possible to apply a new colour to these areas, or to leave them white. This technique is particularly effective when light or bright colours will be used on darker grounds.
Curbi Studio is the every child’s dream… there their drawings become alive! Burcu Musselwhite is making kids’ dreams come true – literally. She takes commissions to preserve children’s latest masterpiece in a toy or painting, and has an online gallery of monsters, mermaids, mummies and daddies.
Luxurious cushions are perfect for making yourself comfortable at home or away. Pouffes, sometimes also known as ottomans, make a stunning home furnishing accessory and give great character to any room in your house. Here we will show you one of many ways the pouffes can be made and look like. This project is relatively easy, but you need a basic sewing skills.
Choosing a design is the first step in making a quilt. It is also one of the most important – the design of any quilt is what makes it outstanding. If you are about to begin your first quilt and are having difficulty choosing the design, decide first whether you would rather use a traditional design or an original one. For the traditional designs you may find examples and inspirations in numerous books about quiltmaking, quilt pattern catalogues or museums and exhibition halls.
Diaries and journals, address and visitor’s books, cuttings and recipes, files and boxes all look so much easier on the eye with the addition of pretty fabric covers. There are a couple a quite simple methods that you can use to turn diaries into lovely gifts and plain notebooks into a handbag essential.
All of you who do some sewing know that to have a needlecase is a great thing to keep sewing tools tidy and organized. So, this project is a good way to make an order in your craft box or drawer, as much as the nice way to use up your fabric and felt scraps (even the smallest!).
Braiding rugs became close to an art form, and going above the skills of someone who wants to make simple and inexpensive floor cover. Rugs are today made from pure wool, carefully designed to fit almost in any interior. They are hand braided and laced with special threads.
Many of you might be having an artistic approach towards life and would love to make use of this art during your leisure time. A craft book is a great way to improve your skills with all the innovative ideas and steps at your fingertips. Transferring patterns is also a craft work that requires your time and skills.