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.
Paint•Stitch•Bead is now a Monthly Membership Program!
Yes! You can Reuse a Vinyl Stencil!October 20, 2020 5:56 pm
A good question has come up several times over in the Paint•Stitch•Bead classroom. Is it possible to reuse a vinyl stencil? My knee-jerk reaction to this question is to say “nope — vinyl makes for a one-and-done stencil.” But is that true?Read More...
Pint-Sized ProjectsSeptember 30, 2020 8:00 am
For the past 3 years, I’ve been working on large Stitched Paintings. As much as I love these embroideries, they are big projects and often take months to complete. A month or so ago, I thought I would try — one more time — to figure outRead More...
A Special Sofa for my CastleSeptember 10, 2020 7:51 am
When I purchased a home in Mexico, I didn’t just purchase a home. Nope! True to my overly vivid imagination, I bought myself a castle. And, of course, not just any old sofa belongs in the living room of a castle –– only a very special sofaRead More...
Forging a New Creative IdentityAugust 28, 2020 1:10 pm
For the past three years, I’ve been on a nice, long time-out from my business. During that time, Jack and I bought a home, sold a home, and moved from the middle of Minnesota to the middle of Mexico. But more importantly, the break gave me time toRead More...
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