Join Michelle as she makes a super cute and easy to make felt bird ornament. To follow along you will need these items:
In this episode we create a set of prayer flags to swap with other crafty people. To create your own flags gather these supplies:
I have decided to enter the Fabric Swatch Challenge hosted by Cloth Paper Scissors. If you are interested in designing your own fabric check out the January/February 2011 Issue 34. There is still a bit of time. In the first example I used bleached muslin, Stewart Gill paint, and circle type objects and stamps. Normally I would have recorded the process for you but I was still having troubles getting a camera that will work for me. Hopefully that has changed with our latest camera.
I thought it might be interesting to try another piece of fabric with the same paints but with a bit more "focus" and less randomness. This time I only used two colors and painted on unbleached muslin. To create the flowers I used the top and bottom of the cups as stamps for my circles, then I painted them in with paint and water, using the water to spread the paint in varying shades. This took a long time but overall I think it was worth it. I might try something like this again.
I am off to a weekend volleyball tournament but am looking forward to coming back Monday to start a new project/show to share with you. I am hoping to study the books that came with my new camera over the weekend so I can get started right away.
Hurray! This is the 12th video in our 12 Days of Christmas series. In the episode Michelle shows you a simple way to create a cute circle fabric pin. If you don't want to make a pin you can easily attach the fabric circle to other items as an embellishment.
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For this 50th episode of Crafted by Us we have a fun Fabric and Fiber Friday project. We blend a bit of colorful felt with beads to create charms for a lovely bracelet. To follow along with this episode you will need:
So gather up your scrap felt pieces and beads and lets make a bracelet!
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In this episode we create a small crocheted bag which acts as a focal point for a necklace. Using a simple stitch and some basic craft items you will have a one of a kind necklace. To follow along, gather these supplies:
I belong to this great group called "A Year of Color" hosted by Artsy Mama. One of the tutorials by Tracy B on the Year of Color site was how to make these lovely fabric scrap flowers. A few days ago I drug out my fabric thinking I would make a few purses. Wouldn't you know it? In the tub of fabric were pieces for a purse already cut out. I must have cut it out last year and never finished. So, I decided that I need to finish that first before started a new one. Don't you love the self-control? After making the purse I realized it needed something else. Then, I remembered the flower tutorial. So, here is the purse, with the flower.
I also made another plastic/fabric clutch that I wasn't too fond of either. Then I added a flower. Now I love it.
They just keep coming. This time, I sewed fabric to some paper that had been painted and dyed. Then I adhered thread by melting UTEE with the thread inside of it. Then I dipped the edges in lovely green paint. After punching small squares out of the finished pieces, I used a drill press to make a hole in the squares. I then sewed the small charm and jump ring to the squares. I really like the way these turned out. They feel interesting. For the swap, I tied the charms around the neck of a paper doll that I scanned and cut out.
Last month I participated in two swaps hosted by Amber Dawn of Inventive Soul. One swap was a fabric/fiber charm swap and the other swap was for book charms. While the fabric charm swap was challenging, the book charm swap was a bit more challenging (and rewarding.) If you have ever tried to make a book smaller than 1.5 inches, then you know what I mean. Here are photos of the charms that I received (mine are in there too.)
If you are interested in joining a charm swap, I recommend checking out the International Artistic Charms Exchange group. I have participated in several swaps with this group and have never been dissapointed.