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Showing posts with label ribbons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ribbons. Show all posts

Sunday, January 23, 2011

FABULOUS FIBER SCARF

Oh gosh...I really hope you will want to try this project, if you haven't already!!  These scarves are not only beautiful, and one-of-a-kind, but functional, AND a great way for anyone who is new to free motion, to get the 'feel' of stitching without alot of other distracting issues such as tension.  And one gets to play with texture, color, and 'found items' such as laces, ribbons, threads, cording, and more. I have made well over a 100 of these! Currently they are for sale at Gallery 16 in Great Falls.  You can expect the supplies to cost you around $25.00, give or take.  When I add that cost, it means I charge a minimum of $75.00.   The "Fiber-Art Scarf" class I teach is popular for a good reason.  We hope to have at least several of these classes scheduled at the BERNINA SILVER THIMBLE in Great Falls, in March, April and May!  Stay tuned, or email me for further details. 

Easy and fun; the hardest part is in knowing when to stop!  Classes are popular prior to Christmas and then again for Mother's Day and Easter, but this is an easy project for any occasion... easily FINISHED in less than 3-4 hours!  *note: hand beading will take you an extra 1-2 hours depending on how handy you are with beads and a needle! 

The items in the first picture below are the basic stabilizers & supplies  you need to get started:
  • 505 temporary adhesive spray
  • Aqua Film topping
  • Aqua Bond water soluble adhesive stabilizer
  • Polyester thread is recommended for strength and durability, but you can use cottons and metallics as well
  • Aqua Bond is available at the shop at Quilting Arts or ask your local quilt shop or machine dealer to get it in stock for you.
  • 90/14 microtex, topstitch needle
  • free motion foot of your choice
  • ribbons, lace, cording, yarns, bits and pieces of fabric (batiks are great because they don't fray as much
  • Set your machine up for free motion by lowering your feed dogs, and inserting a FRESH  90/14 microtex or topstitch needle.
  • LOWER your top tension as needed
  •  Expect to use two new needles... don't hesitate to change it if you start having thread breakage. This project is hard on needles as those thicker fibers will dull the tip rather quickly.  Remember... you're going through stabilizer, glue, and thick yarns, ribbons, etc... don't be stingy with that needle... it's not worth it!
  • roll up the scarf as you are 'quilting' it, to make it easier to handle (see pics below)
  • don't forget to check your stitching from the back... just in case you really have serious tension issues!  And sometimes it's easier to look at the back to see where you may have missed some stitching, due to the reflection and shiny surface stabilizer on the top...
  • be sure to 'intertwine' all the stitches, making big and small circles all over the scarf surface, making sure they overlap each other.  You can choose circles, or you can choose straight lines... or a bit of both!  Be sure to catch the edges of the scarf in the stitching so that everything is JOINED together.
How about laying a bit of Razzle Dazzle thread in with the ribbons and yarns... fabulous sparkle, and it adds that 'crisp' factor I adore... but choose and play with anything that strikes your fancy!

Don't hesitate to throw on some of those metallic threads, and I do mean "throw!"  They can be quite dazzling, and easy to sew over as they are just trapped in between the two stabilizers... try it by just unravelling the thread from the cone on the top of your yarns and threads before laying on the top aqua film topping... letting them fall where they may! 
HINT: Be sure to wind the bobbin with the same thread that you have in your top, as both sides of the scarf will show!

"Santa Fe" Hand-dyed yarns
Luscious hand-dyed yarns make up this scarf in it's entirety... with the exception of adding a bit of silver Razzle Dazzle in with the gorgeous southwest colors!  Simplicity... AND... what a blank slate to add a few creative 'thread buttons' with silver metallic thread!!!
Beads... these are attached by hand, and you can expect the beading to take you at least an hour, unless you are an experienced beader.  I can do one in less than an hour, but in the beginning, it took me about two hours to complete both ends of the scarf with beading.  They are optional... your scarf will be quite beautiful without them too!

I use only beading thread for it's  strength, and a long, slim, beading needle is the absolute perfect TOOL for attaching beads.
 Silver metallic thread buttons... I love adding them!
Don't think you need to do only straight lines... making lines wavy... angular, and 'plaid-like' is terrific fun!

I've used chenille, rayon ribbons, wool yarns, and synthetic laces... just keep in mind that sometimes the "fuzzier" fibers (like wool) have a tendency to attract the glue, and that makes it much harder to wash out.
Be sure to soak your scarf in lukewarm water for at least 20 minutes or even overnight, but before leaving it to soak, rinse the glue that starts to fall away, so that it doesn't reattach to the fibers while the scarf sits in the water.... and rinse, rinse, and RINSE... making sure all that  glue is completely washed out!  You could also sing the song "I'm gonna wash that man glue right out of my hair - scarf!"  See the pictures of the scarves the girls made in the scarf class... my blog entry on here: DECEMBER 7, 2010


Roll up the ends as you work... and don't forget you can turn the scarf over and work from the 'plain paper' side, which really helps visibility, and to see where you may need to place stitches... and there is no light reflecting from the topping, so it sometimes makes it easier to see!
 I like to secure the ends with 4-5 rows of straight stitching, to give strength and a bit of stability so beads can be secured at the scarf ends if desired. This is the picture to the right.

The beads on the blue/green scarf below were "looped" and secured in between the loops.  You can also choose to just "dangle" them, in single fringes... and use a small bead as a knot at the end, and bring your thread and needle back up through the row of beads, to continue adding each line of beaded fringe.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Curvalicious!

One of the creative pattern designers I have been attracted to for many years, especially as a beginner quilter, is Cheryl Wittmayer's company  "Sew-Be-It!.  Her patterns are great for beginner quilters, and a wonderful 'jumping off' palette of designs to really help you get started with free motion quilting!  I hope you will visit her web site and see if there isn't something to suit your sense of design style!

Ahh yes... love the title ... who wouldn't?  It's just simply... "curvalicious!"   And feel free to add any other superlatives that rhyme!  It was not only fun to make, but challenged me a bit with curved piecing... and so I got to learn something new... and use a favorite foot to get those gorgeous ribbons stitched on it just right.  It's so easy to sew them on too... I used my edge-stitch foot; that would be Bernina's #10 foot! One of the most versatile feet you can put your money into... allows you to sew perfectly placed stitches along any edge or seam and don't forget to use the needle position to give yourself  "the edge!" (sorry - pun is intended!).  Stitch with confidence as the guide (blade) in the front of the foot serves as the perfect reference point as you guide your needle along the edge of any ribbon, seam, or hem.  Great for stitching in the ditch applications, too.  It's a MUST HAVE in your sewing accessories box!  I love to teach that foot in mastery classes at Bernina, and show all the fun techniques it can do.  If you're unsure... and don't know if you'd really like a foot or accessory?  Try taking a look at the Bernina FEETURES books.  There are usually at least 6-10 pages of color pictures, techniques, diagrams.... for each foot! Don't forget you can try out the foot at your Bernina dealer!  Take a look at the book in the store, ask the staff to attach the foot on a machine, and try it out for yourself, first!

Add your own special touch with favorite ribbons --- how about a bit of ...VELVET... anyone?!  (Smiles!)  They kind of end of look like their very own fabric!  (Which they are, of course!)


I hope you will consider taking a feather class, and I hope to teach one at Bernina Silver Thimble this coming February... stay tuned for details!
More fun threadplay... feathers anyone?!!!  What a wonderful way to practice!!!  The center line of the block seam is a great reference point... jump off into feathers!!!  Not sure where to begin, or how it flows together? It would behoove you to check out one of my favorite resources... and one of the best teachers: Patsy Thompson.  Her website is here. You will find that her videos are very well done, as are her books; her website is full of great, free information, as well as some introductory videos, just so you know what you're getting!! And that is how I began quilting this colorful Happy Excursion!  Now my feathers aren't anything to write home about.. and notice they don't show on the patterned fabric much... but that's a GOOD thing... as this was a learning project, and I had so much FUN!  And that experience... those happy hours applying my newborn skills were priceless in the confidence it gave me in my pursuit.. of excellence!


Brocade...narrow... wide... patterned... all things bright and beautiful... that would have been a great name for this quilt!

I kept the binding pretty 'plain' in comparison.  This quilt sure didn't need much more design, color or texture.  Just keeping it simply CURVY and DELICIOUS, soft and inviting! EnJOY.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Maureen's Gorgeous Scarves

 My friend Maureen, who was a student in several classes I taught  in Bigfork earlier this past fall, made these beautiful scarves as gifts for two of her friends.  Spectacular!  Nice "play" Maureen! I'm so tickled you shared it with me! 

This is a great example of how blessed I feel to teach, and to share my love of quilting, sewing and make new friends like Maureen!  She has been a treasure and it's been a huge blessing to become her friend, even though we are 200 miles apart in Montana.  I hope next year to join them in a quilting retreat... it would be the first for me! My dear Maureen, your scarves are SEW BEAUTIFUL!
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