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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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...
A Talavera Awning in 4 Simple ShapesMarch 5, 2021 11:49 am
About a month ago, I wrote about my dreams for a Talavera Awning. Today, I’m excited to say that I have an update for you. It’s going to happen! It’s going to be a Talavera Awning in 4 simple shapes! Yes, I’m excited. I see this awning designRead More...
Make and Use a Quick Silhouette Vinyl Stitch GuideFebruary 17, 2021 10:56 am
In my stitched paintings, I often have long, narrow shapes to fill with embroidery. A few days ago, I had the almost brilliant idea to make a Silhouette Vinyl Stitch Guide. So what makes it “almost” brilliant? Let’s just say I learned a few thingsRead More...
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