Category Archives: Surface design

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Jenne Giles is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art.  Jenne graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, TX, in 1993.  In 1997 she received her degree in Art & Art History from Rice University in Houston, TX.  

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

You don’t need to have a family history stretching back to the Domesday Book to have a coat of arms. Take a look at the heraldic symbols and images in books or on the internet before you decide on your own design. There are several basic shield shapes that you can use for the outline, and it is better to draw these out on paper and plan the whole design before you peek up needle and thread.

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Luke Haynes is an amazing American artist and quilter. He is educated at Cooper Union, School of Architecture and North Carolina, School of the Arts. Luke creates his own fabric world from small pieces of textile, put together and transformed in beautiful, contemporary art quilts.

The World of Artist Trading Cards

The World of Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches cards. They are totally original expressions of an individual’s craft or artistic bent and were the brainwave of a Swiss artist called Vanci Stirnemann, artist-in-residence, at Calgary’s The New Gallery. He wanted to produce a catalogue in playing-card format to document work in the gallery but because of printing costs were so prohibitive, the project was shelved until 1996.

Fabric Bleach Technique

Fabric Bleach Technique

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.

Quiltmaking: How to Choose Design and Colours

Quiltmaking: How to Choose Design and Colours

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.

How to tie-dye the cotton fabric?

How to tie-dye the cotton fabric?

While the cotton is the traditional fibre for tie-dyeing in Africa and India, you can use almost any fibre for this process providing that it is receptive for the dye and not too bulky to withstand tying. For best results, select a smooth, fine cloth such as cotton lawn. In general, man-made fibres are not as suitable as natural ones because they don’t absorb the dyes as readily.

“Designer Rugs”

“Designer Rugs”

For over twenty five years Designer Rugs have complimented the aesthetics of residential homes and commercial spaces throughout the world with rugs of exceptional quality and unique designs.

By working in collaboration with leading Australian artists and designers, this innovative and design focused company has earned an outstanding reputation for producing custom made rugs for private clients and commercial professionals alike.

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo aim is to create pieces which would make the viewer look again at old textiles which might be past their use by date. She is particularly passionate about very worn old patchwork quilts which were often made of old dressmaking off-cuts, old clothing and tailor’s samples. Mandy has carefully re-examined the quilts, often unpicking them completely into their original scraps, and to discover hidden layers and sometimes even other worn quilts inside.

Jane Foster’s Happy World

Jane Foster’s Happy World

Jane Foster is an illustrator living in UK. Her two main passions are screen printing and collecting vintage fabrics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Her screen prints start off as ink drawings which are then added to screens for printing. She enjoys the process of drawing free hand and love combining screen printing with vintage fabrics.