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Beading Time Out

Today was a day for some simple beading time. No brain strain, no design dilemnas. Just simple stitching pleasure.

Beaded Leaf 1

Finished up my little stamped and stitched leaf with some bead sparkle. I’ve also found out that taking pictures without correcting for the LED light I’m beading by gives you a very blue picture! I’ve never claimed to be a very good photographer, though!


Beaded Leaf 2

This will be mounted on a 12 x 12 canvas. Little projects like these are great to watch football with!


Filed under Beading, Handwork, Thinking About Quilting!

Simple stitching

It’s always so enjoyable to sit and stitch on a quiet day.

Stitching on a leaf 1

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.

Stitching on a leaf 2

Probably needs a little beading bling before I’m done with it, though!


Filed under Fabric, Handwork, Quilting, surface design

Glue-stamp, stencil, paint!

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.

Glue stencils 4

I had sooooo much fun!

I produced some fabric that I liked, too.

Glue stencils 3

Since I had these pieces

Pink purple paint play

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!

Glue stencils 1 Glue stencils 2

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.

Glue stamp paint 6

Playtime—just can’t beat it!


Filed under Art Quilts, Color, Fabric, surface design

Glue stamp, stencil, paint…

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.

Glue stamp paint 1

I flipped the stamp over onto the fabric and ran over it with a brayer.

Glue stamp paint 2

The paint looks lighter on this side, and that was my first clue that the sponge roller might not have delivered enough paint.

Glue stamp paint 3

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!

Glue stamp paint 5

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.

Glue stamp paint 6

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.

Glue stamp paint 7

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.

Glue stamp paint 4

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!!!


Filed under Color, Fabric, surface design, Thinking About Quilting!

I’m stuck on glue…

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.

Glue stamps 3

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!!!

Thread lace leaves

So, here’s the glue leaf.

Glue stamps 4

And then I tried a glue tree…

Glue stamps 5

And a little sylized glue tree…

Glue stamps 6

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!!!


Filed under Color, Life, Non-traditional Quilts, surface design

Back to paint and glue

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

Playing with paint 13

and I liked them so much I decided to chop and sew with them.

Paint play clean up

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!

Pink purple paint play

And these were the hot glue on cardboard stamps that I made…hated the way they stamped…

Glue stamps 1

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!


Filed under Fabric, Non-traditional Quilts, surface design, Thinking About Quilting!

Paint party!

Today was devoted to gingko leaves and paint…sort of. I got all my paint stuff out, and I sure have a lot of that stuff, too!

Playing with paint 1

Then I grabbed those gorgeous gingko leaves from last week and some maple, oak and sycamore leaves and I was all set to stamp, stamp, stamp with leaves.

Playing with paint 2

Hmmm…I wanted a fabric like this picture,

Golden Gingkoes

but not a flat black background, so I got a couple of black prints and tried out this metallic paint.

Playing with paint 4

My paint is really not opaque enough to give me the effect I want, but these are okay. I decided to try out some bright colors, and added a bit of white to add some opacity.

Playing with paint 3

Again, okay, but I’m not crazy about any of these.

Last try–black!

Playing with paint 5

Playing with paint 6

I love them! And I am SOOOO all about color…hmmmmm! Think I need to play with black some more. I like this blackĀ  leaf, too.

Leaf bead kit 1

And I have lots of black paint!



Filed under Color, Fabric, surface design