Please enjoy more new postcards by clicking on the artists name.
Together with all the lovely postcards we have here today, Lynn Woll sent a link to her website with a tutorial for her postcard. Thank you, Lynn.
Today these artist are showing their take on 8 different themes:
The postcards are also shown in each artist gallery together with their previous postcards.
Or you could take a look at our many theme pages.
New beautiful and sparkling postcards for our ‘Bling’ and ‘No Theme’ themes.
What comes to your mind when presented with the idea of opposites? Click on an image to see a larger view of what came to mind for two of our artists:
This theme was so popular that we had two groups of traders interpreting it. Click on an image for a larger view.
See the more interpretations of White on White here.
Beginning in 2011 and culminating in 2013, we took up the challenge of using the alphabet — plus the Question Mark and Ampersand — as inspiration for creating fabric postcards. We had so many members interested in this challenge that we had several groups of traders creating simultaneously. Here is what one group created. Click on an image for a closer view.
May the future bring you more creativity that you hoped for! Happy New Year!
This month we are traveling to Singapore to visit with Heather Long
I moved from New Zealand back to Singapore just over one year ago but this time we came without our house load of “things”. This meant I was allowed a small shipment of the “I-cannot-live-without” things. Of course these were my crafting and sewing items! I then went through the many boxes of fabrics and realized I was never going to get close to using a lot of the fabrics I had collected over the many years. It was a tough decision but necessary, so I sold off a lot of my stash and arrived in Singapore with the essentials, and the knowledge that we had good shops to pick up the bits I really needed.
Do you call it a Studio of a Sewing Room?
Interesting that this is my first question to answer, since I needed to call my blog Heather’s Sewing Room as the name Heather’s Studio was already taken. I grew up in a home that had a place designated for sewing and as I entered the clothing trade as a profession I always had a sewing room. As my crafting skills branched out into other crafts, the room has become more than just a sewing room; so I now consider it a Studio.
How did you go about setting up your Studio?
Thankfully our apartment was not short on space, so I was able to take a room all to myself. I went to Ikea and purchased 2 tables with adjustable legs so that I could have one at a standing height and another at a lower height for my sewing machine. I positioned these lengthways in front of the window so my sewing machine gets the most natural light.
I can then also glance out the window from time to time at the view of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.
The room had a double and a small single wardrobe built in so I removed the hanging rail and inserted extra shelves to hold my supplies of batting, fabric, patterns, ribbons, beads, glues, paints, pens, cutting tools, brushes, and so on.
In the drawers I have papers, a selection of plain and hand dyed fabrics and elastics, tapes and haberdashery.
I found a drawer set in a hardware store that was perfect for holding my sewing threads — organized by colour — so this hides in the single wardrobe along with the few books I was able to bring with me.
How much horizontal space do you have?
I have managed to fit 3 tables into the studio. This gives me a good amount of horizontal space, which I love. The long table is great for cutting garments on and a place to put “stuff”. Sometimes with all that space I still end up working in a space the size of my cutting mat!
By putting all the furniture in the centre of the room I freed up the wall space so I could make a design wall. I bought 4 large sheets of core board from the art shop and with sticky Velcro I attached them to the wall and covered it with cotton batting. It is so great to work on.
In this corner I have my book binding cloth, papers and also some card stock for making boxes and bookbinding. My iron and ironing board also live in this space.
Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project?
As I have a separate room to create in I like to leave everything out as I work on a project. Once the project is finished I will then do a clean up before starting on the next project.
How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?
I usually have more than one project happening at once. I will try to get a project to a level where I can pack it away for a time. If the time involved in one project is short then I like to finish it off completely. With making quilts the timing can be long, so I tend to pack it away to finish a more urgent project. In other words, I juggle! My goal is to finish all projects.
Where do you feel the difference is in the starting point between quilting and art?
I feel that you cannot totally separate Quilting and Art as quilting is a form of art. Years ago a quilt was something that was made for the purpose of keeping you warm in bed. Quilts are still designed and made for this reason by sewing and quilting fabric and batting together. Once you hang designs made from fabric on the wall or use it for other purposes, it enters into the world of Art and they become Art Quilts.
Thanks for the visit to my studio.
Thank you Heather for the delightful tour. I think we will all be a little envious of the view from your window.
Next Month: Lynn Woll
This month we are visiting with Suzanna Bond of Fullerton, California. Suzanna has returned from Kenya just in time to give us this tour.
Do you call it a Studio or sewing room? Do you think of it as a business or a hobby?
It’s called my Sewing Room because it’s an inviting word. I think it’s a comfortable word for my family too: Mom’s place. I like that. I have a lovely portrait of my Aunt Mary Alice by the window and I always have her smiling face to see. She taught me to sew and I often think about what we talked about and how much fun we had.
When I’m away I say it’s a Studio. It makes me feel like a Grown-Up with Grown-Up work to do. I am in the nice time of life where I can work on my art freely without interruption. I can concentrate on my goals and keep a schedule. It’s not a business, but I think of it as work. It’s not a hobby to me because it absorbs most of my thought and time. The work has given me the ability to teach and train others. I go to Nairobi often to assist in skill development at a women’s workshop. This room is where all of it starts or ends; the dressmaking, the batik dying, oil portraits, beading, knitting and quilting happen here.
What do you have in the room?
I have 4 small tables for individual uses. 3 rolling cabinets, 2 chairs, 1 printer, 2 bookshelves and an easel. I have quite a few sewing machines, the number of which could only be guessed, as they’re not all in this room!
Almost all my work is here, but not all my stuff.
My new thing is oil painting though I’ve always been an artist. I knew it would make all the difference in my art quilts and it has given me a lot of confidence and freedom. So I had to clear out a hide-a-bed to make room for an easel, lighting, cabinet and chair. Should have done that way sooner!
My favorite thing is my Singer 301 table. Ironically it has the Bernina 807 on it now, but taking out the removable insert for the machine to rest in has been a real pleasure for me. I got a black 301 at the Long Beach Swap Meet for $35 and I’m still telling that tale.
How do you store and organize your supplies?
I keep stuff in baskets and shelves and closets and under things and on top of things. I weed through stuff all the time and don’t have any trouble getting rid of it. Through the years I’ve had to scale back several times. I understand I don’t need it all to make what I want. I’m getting picky about what new techniques I try.
I arrange everything visually. I group things together because they look good that way or by the way it inspires me. You name it, I got it. No unusual supplies. The thing that makes this a special place for me creatively are my toys. Here and there are little dolls or objects that are special and go beyond a paint brush or spool. That’s what I’d like to point out.
I have a Carither’s Department Store Butterick flyer from my hometown framed in black as you see there. I love kitchen clocks and look for them in colors that match my walls and floors.
I have a small phonograph and records that I play, especially at Christmas. I also set up my iPad to watch Netflix and PBS. So great when I am moving around the room and see every scene of Sherlock Holmes. The iPad has been my second greatest sewing room tool!
I enjoy collage. I have a heap of snippets and wrappers, art supplies and tools. I’ll use it when it ferments and gets “just right.” I don’t nearly have as much fabric as I used to but you could never tell by looking. I’m a good little squirrel. Squirrels like yarn.
I have been using Tsukineko Ink lately on everything, so I keep that handy. The last few years of making postcards has helped me hone down what works for me – what I really enjoy. I can’t have everything out or it paralyzes me. I get all “Martha Stewart” about notions and tools. I tend to “go after” the room between big projects. I just finished a portrait quilt before going to Nairobi this month. I had a few garments I wanted to make so I needed to clear out the stuff to clear my head. Going from one discipline to another means I have to be organized. I LOVE different tools. I like taking care of them too. I like my stuff and that’s how I enjoy it even more.
Fabrics separated by type, by project, then by color. Threads are separated by colors and uses, some hidden and some out for inspiration. Lots of labels on things. My friend Kristen Evans has me sharp on those. An organized person has to have an Organizational Mentor. I keep a daily schedule and calendar, a new thing for me, but I can sure see how much more I get done!
Do you have any particular thing you’d like to share?
When we moved into this house a few years ago I was able to get Pergo flooring, extra canister lighting and custom closet shelving.
As a young mommy Tim found me crying late one night about not having a place to sew! I do not take my space for granted.
Never enough closet space right? That’s why I make good use of every closet. In every room.
We gladly welcomed our son back for a stay. The room that kept all my bed quilts clean and pretty is better used now. I have the organizational gene. One per family.
Thank you Suzanna. I love the clocks and the knitting needle storage.
Next month: Franki Kohler