It’s always so enjoyable to sit and stitch on a quiet day.
I’ve got a bunch of leaves that I’ve stamped or stenciled on fabric so it’s easy to pick one up, thread a needle and begin to stitch.
No plan, simple running stitch for the most part…pure enjoyment.
Probably needs a little beading bling before I’m done with it, though!
Those glue gun stamps are so much fun! I did some stamping and some stenciling and used them for resists. I got paint all over my hands and made a big mess on my table.
I had sooooo much fun!
I produced some fabric that I liked, too.
Since I had these pieces
I decided to use them for my experiments. It’s so much easier to play when it’s on fabric that you really don’t care that much about!
Sooooooo much fun! I guess I already said that!
I believe I’m going to have even more fun when I start slicing things up and putting them back together. They seem to go well with this piece of fabric also, so I might end up with quite a large piece.
Playtime—just can’t beat it!
Time to try out the glue stamps! They aren’t really as delicate as they look, either!
When you take them off the silicon sheet, the bottom side is flat and a perfect stamp. I laid it out with that side up and applied paint. I’ll tell you right now that 1) I made a very large stamp, 2) large stamps take a lot of paint, and 3) a sponge foam roller is not the best applicator of paint to stamps. The makeup sponge worked better.
I flipped the stamp over onto the fabric and ran over it with a brayer.
The paint looks lighter on this side, and that was my first clue that the sponge roller might not have delivered enough paint.
I simply repeated with another color, using the other applicator and making sure there was a lot of paint on the stamp. I didn’t try to line it up exactly with the first stamp, either. It just didn’t seem to need that bit of exactitude!
Came out pretty well. I can certainly work with this. Stuck with the same stamp for the next experiment. I used it as a stamp, then a stencil and spritzed more paint over it.
This came out really pretty and I’m eager to make something with it.
And because I just can’t waste any paint, I grabbed a piece of fabric and laid it on top of this while the stamp was still on it and the paint was wet. Tip: have ironed fabric available because those fold lines leave small straight lines when you take the impression.
But even this came out very useable, for a clean up cloth! And cleaning the stamp was a simple swish in cool water. There is a tiny bit of paint visible, but that won’t affect anything.
Right now I’m very much in love with glue gun stamps. I have more to play with but a few days with outside responsibilities before I can get back to this. Now I can’t wait! So much fun!!!
Pun intended! After my failure with the glue on cardboard stamps, I went to the internet to look for a better way. I found lots of good information and there are so many interesting videos out there!
I grabbed onto the parts that appealed to me and this is what I’m trying.
For my first try, I thought I’d make a leaf…but I placed a drawing underneath the silicon sheet and traced over it with the glue gun.
Not an exact copy, because I thought ahead enough to make sure all the parts connected. And that’s because I took a couple hours and went to a thread lace class and everything has to be connected or the leaves fall apart!!!
So, here’s the glue leaf.
And then I tried a glue tree…
And a little sylized glue tree…
The glue has to cool before you take it off the silicon sheet, so I have to walk away for a bit…and maybe buy some more glue sticks! I’ll be ready to see how these work as both stamps and stencils after the hubby and I go out to lunch with friends.
Must always remember to mix the fun with the work…oh, wait–it’s so very hard for me to tell the difference!!!
Messy is my middle name, so I always have a use for a clean up rag. When I’m playing with paint and stencils and stamps, it’s just another piece of fabric that I use to clean off stamps and use up the last bit of paint on my palette.
These pieces were clean up pieces
and I liked them so much I decided to chop and sew with them.
I have a stack of pieces that I dyed in the same batch with these and I really didn’t like the way they turned out. I may have found a way to use them now!
And these were the hot glue on cardboard stamps that I made…hated the way they stamped…
I decided that nothing could hurt the practice fabric so I thought I would try regular school glue as a resist. The plan is to do paint-in-a-bag with it and check how the glue works as a resist…and to see if washable glue really is washable! Stay tuned for the results!
Taking time out from playing with paint and trying to get the map quilt finished.
I thought I wanted lots of straight line quilting, based on the latitude and longitude lines on one of the map fabrics. That’s where I started with the quilting.
I have not even finished those lines on that section of fabric and I’m changing my mind…because it’s booooooring! I like loops and swirls and wavy lines and truly free motion quilting. I’m trying to convince myself that the straight lines will really look better on this quilt and go ahead with the boring-ness, but it’s a losing battle!
If I can just finish this section with the straight lines, surely that will be enough.
I have no discipline!
Color really is my thing–lots of it. Bright and bold and beautiful. I’ve always gotten my fix from commercial fabric, but I’m starting to become more and more interested in creating my own fabric. So here was my plan for the day–hand dyes, paint, stencils, stamps–and that’s exactly what I did!
Fabric, hand dyes:
Paints, stencils, stamps:
Here’s the whole package:
And I have a plan…improv piecing, mixing these up, maybe with the plain dyed fabric, maybe not. Or, just possibly, straight line cutting and piecing, no curves. Then stitching and more stitching and I’m pretty sure there will be some beads involved.
And a couple of little pieces from paint clean up. I’m surprised that I like these, as purple-ish as they are!
In assembling pieces for my recent Artisan Showcase, I realized that I am often working on a series without consciously recognizing that. Now that I’m aware of it, I won’t try to stop myself from doing ‘the same old thing’ but just go with the flow of it. Didn’t know I had that much to explore in City Grids!