While we usually think of stencils as tools to use with paint, they are very useful any time you want to create a specific shape, regardless of your materials. In today’s lesson, we look at how to use stencils with needle felting. Whether you work by hand or machine, stencils make it easy to create beautiful shapes with your fibers.
by Susan Stein Here’s a wonderful way to create textured snowflakes on fabric using paint, glitter, and the new set of Snowflakes stencils from Cedar Canyon Textiles. Supplies: ~ Snowflake stencils [Cedar Canyon Textiles] ~ Black fabric ~ Sponge brush ~ Expandable paint [Setacolor™ by Pebeo] ~ Fine glitter, silver [Art Glitter] ~ Piece of […]
I’m thrilled to introduce a new series of short lessons involving stencils and non-traditional materials. This series has been put together by Susan Stein of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Susan is a talented quilter, author, instructor, and recently retired quilt shop owner. Susan’s most recent books are Fabric Art Workshop and Fabric Art Projects, both from Creative Publishing, International.
Susan traveled to Houston with me in October to help out at Fall Quilt Market. She brought a number of fascinating samples made from our new stencils, most made with techniques and materials that are not a part of main-stream quilting. I’m so glad she was willing to put this series of lessons together for us. So, without further ado, here’s the first installment in the Playing with Stencils series!
A few months ago, I posted some of Lauren Vlcek’s Fabulous Faces. Lauren has been suffering through computer problems, but she was able to send the information and photos for a tutorial. So without further ado, here’s Lauren. Paintstik Portraits, by Lauren Vlcek I fell in love with Shiva Paintstiks the very first time I […]
Our new paintstiks colors have been wildly popular — especially new new iridescent jewel colors. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all six colors. New Iridescent Colors The new iridescent colors are really lovely. They are all the more special to me because I had the opportunity to work with the paint […]
I don’t have grandchildren, but many of my friends do — and I just love to see what they come up with when they are on “grandma duty.” Linda Huebner of Kensington, MN has a couple of beautiful granddaughters who just love spending time with their ever-so-creative grandmother. Linda calls her time with the girls […]
Oh, my goodness! The new stencils are flying out the door as fast as we can get the orders packed up. What a wonderful way to launch a new product line! The Snowflakes have been especially popular — no great surprise as many of us have already had snow. Here are the new sets of stencils that are heading out to shops and our on-line retailers.
The Houston Quilt Market ended just 2 short weeks ago and we are still shipping orders as fast as can — so we’ll call it a huge success. It was fun, it was exciting, and it was exhausting! I was blessed to have Susan Stein and Nancy Kazlauckas with me on this trip, and I […]
I’m off to Houston on Thursday for International Quilt Market. With classes to teach and very long days on the convention floor, I don’t expect to have much time for blogging until we get settled in again after market. (And then I hope to take a short vacation!) Fall Market will be an exciting show […]
We’ve been working furiously to get everything ready for Fall Quilt Market at Houston, including — drum roll, please — our new line of stencils! The first three sets arrived a few short days ago, and we have two more sets coming in the door tomorrow. It’s always exciting (and often rather disruptive) to get […]
Hey, paintstik fans! Would you even begin to believe that you can make an incredible star quilt without spending ages finding “just the right fabric” and then tons of time doing complicated piecing? You’ll be thrilled to know that Laura Murray has developed a very simple process that allows you to make complex stars as easy as “Paint, Cut, Fuse!” OK, OK — there are a few more steps in the process — but believe me, this is simpler than it looks. Yes, you really can do this!
Laura has just published a book called StarBuilder Inspirations to take you through the process step by step. Her book is not only filled with hundreds of gorgeous photos, but chock full of detailed explanations and a huge gallery to get you started. I asked Laura to share the story behind the book.
In an earlier post, I talked about cleaning brushes, but let’s step back and talk about the different types of brushes that can be used with paintstik colors.
Paintstiks are really dry (compared to liquid paints), so any brush we choose to use needs to be fairly stiff. For the most part, I use stencils brushes. But, all stencil brushes are not the same. Some have long bristles, some have short. It’s just another case of the right brush for the right job.
For the most part, I use two types of stencils brushes. One is a standard stencil brush with long bristles. The second is a denser brush with short bristles. Here’s how I use them…