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Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading and Embroidery taught by Natalie Chanin

Designer Natalie Chanin will show you how to hand-sew appliqué and add artistic stencils and stitches to turn a Vogue coat pattern (included free!) into a work of art.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Petite, Women
Style Eco-Friendly, Casual
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What materials did you use? Cut up an old organic cotton t-shirt. Artist acrylic paint with fabric medium. Homemade mylar stencil of Abbie's Flower Placemat printed at ~160%. Make-up sponges for painting.

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What are you most proud of? Figuring out the painting system! I used my heavy body acrylic paints (artist paints for on canvas). Mix your colours, dilute a touch with water, and then add a fabric medium (I used Liquitex brand in a 1:1 ratio of medium:paint). The medium thins and softens the paint to keep it from being overly stiff on the fabric. Worked like a charm and I appreciated being able to a) mix my own colours from scratch, and b) re-use my artist paints instead of having to invest in a whole new set of paints.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you already have acrylic paints, buy the fabric medium. I found mylar sheets at my Campus Bookstore, made for a great stencil. Between the paint I used and the stencil, I had no problems with running whatsoever and achieved a soft and supple print on the fabric.

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Very nice job!!

06/14/2014 Flag

Where can i find the homeroom

06/16/2014 Flag

Sorry, wrong place for my question

06/16/2014 Flag

Love it!

07/04/2014 Flag

Beautiful stenciling! I stenciled my first one like that...then got addicted and sprung for an airbrush - Heaven!

07/11/2014 Flag