Tag: textile crafts
Sponging is a simple and effective method of adding texture to the cloth, and produces excellent results when using as the background for other decorative finishes such as stencilling or block printing. However, this technique does not have to be carried out with the sponge – you can create similar effects by printing with screwed-up pieces of cloth or kitchen paper.
This neat little pencil roll is just great for the start of a new school year, for keeping together favourite pencils or even brushes and little tubes of make-up. You can add initials, name tags or button decorations if you wish, too. You can use different materials, make a patchwork design or appliquè.
Sue Stone is a UK based textile artist who works mainly in hand stitch, machine embroidery and mixed media. She is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Sue Stone studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and then Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London in the 1970s.
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.
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.
Vintage fabric rarely comes by the meter, unused or still on the bolt, so you will probably find that you will need to reclaim it from curtains, clothes or other made-up fabric sources. Searching out and salvaging what you can is the way forward.
You can brighten your teatime table with a cheerful and unique teapot cosy, which is both practical and easy to make. Teapot cosies are always popular, and those colourful examples will help make a fun statement on your stall. There is nothing so funny and interesting as serve a nice cup of tea to your friends and family from teapot “dressed” in a beautiful, individually designed cosy!
Tilleke Schwarz (1946) lives in The Netherlands in a small town near Delft. She loves textiles because of its tactile looks. She has an art training (mainly drawing) and learned stitching from her mother. She exhibits and teaches all over the world and her work has been depicted in many books and magazines. Her works evolve gradually and more or less spontaneously.
The winter is coming and you have to be prepared! Making the small woolen pom-pom snowman is a great fun and you can make a whole bunch of them in a very short time. Once you made them they can decorate your window sill, Christmas tree or be hung anywhere in the house during the Holiday season. You need very little skill and material to make them, but they will brighten up everyone’s face.
Rescue an unloved lampshade today! Choose your own favourite colour combination, or keep it simple, clean and white. Crochet lampshades are one of the easiest ways to update a room – and there always seems to be one lurking at the back of a charity shop, ready for revamp. With a stash of yarn they’re easy to adapt in a natty, granny-chic way. Choose your colours and let’s start.