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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label art gallery fabrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art gallery fabrics. Show all posts

Monday, January 3, 2011

Wool Flower Beaded JEAN Jacket

Flower detail of the back of the jacket
My most favorite Jean Jacket!

I LOVE to embellish clothing!  And I've found some products I really enJOY using.  Art Glitter, namely.  What a great product.  Durable, pretty and easy to use.  This jacket has been washed LOTS as I've enjoyed wearing it LOTS!

This is the front of the jacket, where I've added more flower motifs using wool roving and my Needle Punch Accessory Kit for my Bernina.

It's so easy to use...
1. Insert the felting needles (there are five of them all attached together in a circle on one needle shaft)
2. Replace the stitch plate with the special one for needle felting (including in the accessory kit); it has a large round hole to accommodate the  five needles).
3. Remove your bobbin case!  Please see complete package directions if you have this accessory item.
4. Ensure you're all in 'alignment' by hand-wheeling your needles and making sure they go straight down with bending or snagging.
5. Attach the special protective needle felting foot (included in kit)
6. Place your roving and assorted yarns under your foot (I used a shiny one here too - you can see it in the picture above) Most excellent!
7. Start needle punching by pressing the pressor foot.  Go slowly at first, making sure the needles are all 'in sync' with each other.  I needle felt first the front, and then the back, and then back to the front.  Three times is all you need!  Please contact your Bernina dealer for more detailed information, or visit the Bernina website here.


More embellishment opportunities await!  Such as the jacket COLLAR and CUFFS! I hope you are remembering... YOU are the CEO of that sewing studio, quilt room, kitchen table.... you get my meaning, right?"Creative Embellishment OFFICER!" Yes you are! 


Bobbin drawing is easy to accomplish when you can turn the cuff easily to the wrong side... and start stitching.  Notice in this detail that I used a pretty thread for my top... as it's likely it could show at some point... if I felt like rolling up my cuffs... and of course... just for fun!






Pictured is the top front of the jacket, with one main flower, beading, couching and bobbin play... and then the little added extra detail of bobbin play stitching line on the collar!

The picture below shows wool roving as the base of the flower.  Once once that is done, you have a "road map" on which you can work in your couching, bobbin play, beading, (some of it has been done by hand!) and other threadplay as you will!  I like how some of the bobbin play stitches "go off" the design - like on the leaves.  Not perfect... just quite... EXCELLENT!
Top of jacket flower detail
Here's another pic of the jacket BACK below.  First, I proceeded with the Bernina #43 free motion couching foot to make the beautiful hand-dyed yarn into the flowers shapes (very basic 'wavy' shape!)... then added the beading (by machine free motion style of course!)  to 'join' them.  The last thing I did was add the Art Glitter glue, loving that fine point metal tip, and then let it dry, heat set for permanency.    I did add one bead into the center flower on the back, by hand as it is too large to attach by machine free motion.
Because I have really enjoyed wearing this jacket, when it comes to washing it, I took extra care to button it up and turn it inside out, to protect the beading from bashing against a metal washer tub and dryer.  I have washed it on "normal" and also dried it on "normal" settings.... numerous times over the past three years.
Art Glitter is a great product, I think!  High quality, very reflective glitter.  The website is highlighted above.  Check it out, or ask your quilt store to get in stock for you.  Love the fine point tip that comes with the set, and it's a fast drying, heat set type of glitter.  and of course, it's washable!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

YO YO'S, Pom Poms and No Bon Bons!

I hate to admit... how late I am "coming to the table" of making  these charming little yo yo darlings!  For some reason over the years... they just didn't appeal to me... but two weeks ago, I WON a grab bag of scraps from Art Gallery Fabrics... and what a BEAUTIFUL hand they have; so very satiny-like and quite luxurious!  I don't believe I've seen these fabrics in our local area, so now I know what to keep my eyes out for, or where to go to buy some more! Thank you Pat, it was a great give-a-way; I'm a lucky lady! These scraps are perfect for yo yo's...I used the form you buy made by Clover...
 
I also saw a charming Amy Butler's "BLOOM" quilt - a FREE pattern (gotta love that!) and it was covered in lovely, incredibly charming, bright colored prints in YO-YOS of varying sizes... stacked everywhere... loved it!  It was made from her SOUL BLOSSOMS fabric collection, available I hope at my local quilt store...SOON!  If not, then I must go shopping at Hawthorne Threads!   

I love bright colors, and now I know exactly what I can do with those new 6 inch and 8 inch circle dies from Sizzix... BIG YO YO's!  Wake me up when it's time to go-go... " - you know that song?  I have NO IDEA who wrote it, or even who sings it... but it is in my head... because I have now re-created it with:  "Wake me up - I love to YO YO!" and.... if I could think of a song to go with Pom Poms, I would!  


While I dearly love to play games on New Years Eve, the kids weren't around, so we just enjoyed a lovely quiet evening in our warm little cozy home. Who knew yo-yos and football fit sew well together!  (Well... they are both kind of round and bouncy! 
 Love that ribbony yarn... this one I think I will make into a frosty-wintery boquet for my office!! 
 I decided to do a bit of re-decorating and embellishment in my dining room... so I  hung the three sizes, from large, medium and small.. I could enjoy them as a decoration!  Christmas tree ornaments for next year, perhaps?!!

A pile of them in a bowl.... pins... hats... oh gosh... what ideas to you have?  I'd love to hear!
LOVE the hand-dyed yarns... pom pom CHEER!

The "assortment!"



 As you may have noticed I dearly adore yarn, ribbons and the like... and now I've found a new way to incorporate them... and a host of other great and inspiring embellishments options!  And another thing to do on a long road trip... that is, if my hubby is driving!

EnJOY a new day... a new opportunity, and a new LOVE!  Amen!
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