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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I'm dreaming of a Talavera AwningJanuary 20, 2021 1:48 pm
Does the current state of the world have you dreaming about crazy stuff? Has lock-down fever finally got the best of you? Well, I know I’m getting a bit stir-crazy when I start dreaming about a Talavera Awning. I know that sounds a little crazy. AndRead More...
Stitched Paintings by Shelly StokesJanuary 6, 2021 10:05 am
As we begin the new year, I’m making time to celebrate a few wins from 2020. It was a challenging year, but were definitely “wins” to go with the losses. For me, one of the biggest wins was getting four of my Stitched Paintings out of the closetRead More...
6 Steps for No Trace Freezer Paper StencilsDecember 17, 2020 12:46 pm
After getting a question from one of my students, I wanted to test cut a stencil to make sure it wasn’t too fussy for freezer paper. I was feeling too lazy to trace the design onto the freezer paper, so I cheated. And by doing so, I discovered a wonderfulRead More...
How I frame a Stitched PaintingDecember 4, 2020 1:43 pm
Having completed five significant five large pieces with my Paint•Stitch•Bead technique, I decided it was time to figure out how to get from finished embroidery to finished art. In short, I had to learn to frame a stitched painting. In earlier years,Read More...
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