New Tutorial for Textured Background

Meta Heemskerk, one of our members, has written a tutorial on one of her methods for backgrounds: Textured Background

She is now sharing with us how to make the background for this wonderful postcard:

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The turorial can be found using the link above or the drop list in “Featured Techniques” in the upper menu bar.

Thank you, Meta.

Fabric Weaving

By Suzanne Kistler:

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a pile of strips somewhere in your stash.  They’re too narrow to sew, but they’re too good to throw away.  Here’s an idea:  fabric weaving.

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I start by selecting strips that play well together, place them on top of a pre-cut piece of batting, and tape the vertical strips along one side, to a piece of corrugated cardboard.  Remember the construction paper weaving we did in first grade?  It’s the same idea, only with fabric.  Weave until the entire batting base is covered.

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Gently remove the tape from the cardboard, and slide the weaving (with batting) under your presser foot.  I use a walking foot, because of that layer of batting.  Stitch in both directions (horizontal and vertical).

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When the weaving is stabilized, turn it over and trim to desired size.  For postcards, I trim to 4×6”.

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This particular card was a bit larger than usual.

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When the top has been trimmed to the desired size, you can either finish it off, or embellish as desired.

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These were fused to a peltex base, a fabric back was added, and I zig-zagged around the edges.  You can limit the color palette…

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or make it as wild as you like.

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But be warned.  I didn’t think I’d be interested in fabric weaving for quilting projects and now I find myself quite enthralled.
Enjoy!

Suzanne Kistler

New Tutorials Available

One of the many joys of being a part of the Postmark’d Art group is the giving nature of the members. We each share so much about how we create our art. And because we’re here on-line, we’re sharing that information with you as well.

Meta Heemskerk has written a tutorial on her sure-fire method of Dyeing Silk Scarves in the Microwave. How cool is that? It looks incredibly easy and produces wonderful results!

Maureen Callahan has been creating Word Clouds for some time. We know you’ve seen them used in advertising many times. Well, now you can create your own impressive word clouds. Check it out!

We hope you enjoy learning about new techniques as much as we do. If you do, please drop us a note here to tell us.