Welcome! I’m Shelly Stokes, and I’m delighted to see you here. Cedar Canyon Textiles is a gathering place for quilters, crafters and fabric artists just like you. It is home to my Blog and my personal art. Cedar Canyon is also the home of Paint•Stitch•Bead – an innovative monthly program designed to get you into the studio, having fun, and enjoying the company of fiber art friends in a great online community.
While I no longer hold myself to a regular schedule, I publish a newsletter called Fabric Art Magic. It’s full of fabric art tips and techniques, musings on creative thinking, and whatever I think is important at the time. To join the fun, grab a copy of the Three Secrets guide in the column to the right. You can also support my work by becoming a Patron today!
If you love color, texture and fabric, you are in the right place! I am best known for my work with Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks. I ventured into fabric art from the quilting world, but love nothing more than exploring the possibilities for adding texture and images to fabric.
Since publishing Paintstiks on Fabric in 2005, I have shared my love of color, texture and fabric with tens of thousands of people through my books, in-person classes and online courses.
Now, in 2020, I am happy to return to the things I love most – teaching, writing, making art, and serving you as a Creative Mentor from my home base in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
In 2013, I began adding hand embroidery to painted fabric – and the combination is nothing short of amazing. While paint is a fabulous way to add pattern, visual texture and images to fabric, stitching adds a dimensional element that brings the fabric to life. And those beads? Beautiful!
Hand stitching and beading are incredibly rewarding. They add drama and dimension to fabric, they force a person to slow down, and they give us a bridge to the traditions of needle workers from years gone by. Creative connections, yesterday and today. All good.
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A First Gallery Exhibit: Contemplations in ClothSeptember 22, 2021 10:24 am
At the beginning of the month, I had the honor of participating in my first gallery exhibit at One Division Art in Buffalo, MN. The exhibit was titled Contemplations in Cloth. I enjoyed working with gallery owner Christopher Hoffman, and shared the exhibitRead More...
How to Sign a Stitched PaintingAugust 20, 2021 11:52 am
In preparation for my first gallery show, I had to solve the problem of how to sign a stitched painting. Stitched Paintings, but no signatures? The pieces were finished. They were stretched on internal frames. They were absolutely ready for the packingRead More...
Learn from my Marking Pencil MistakeJune 30, 2021 1:36 pm
As I was preparing the fabric for my next large stitched painting, I thought I would be really smart and mark a line on the fabric for lining up the stencil. Instead, I made a doozy of a Marking Pencil Mistake. Oops! As much as I hate making (and admitting!)Read More...
Beautiful Beaded Stitches for StarFlower 6April 1, 2021 5:38 pm
I put the last of the beaded stitches on StarFlower 6 a few days ago, just in time for a visit from a photographer. One of the beaded stitches is an old favorite, but the others a new to my Paint•Stitch•Bead toolbox. Let’s take a look. Beaded WheatearRead More...
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