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Especially Pollywogs and Tadpoles

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Especially Pollywogs and Tapoles,

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Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Funky
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What materials did you use? White bleached muslin, acrylic paints, yarns, threads, commercial piping for binding.

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What are you most proud of? Bringing blank white fabric to life. I love looking in my stash of yarns and things and finding just the right thing for the quilt. The red dots are die cut fabric with fusible web on the back that were left from a Christmas holly wreath project. I inherited a stash of piping from my mother that I have been enjoying using as bindings.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just take some white fabric and paints (fabric paint or acrylic). Be careful with acrylic paint that you don't have it too thick and make the fabric stiff. Experiment with having the fabric wet or dry. Be very random and let the colors mix and change as they want to. If you don't like it when it is dry, so what, it is only a piece of fabric, start over. Don't be intimidated by painting on fabric. Look at it from all 4 directions to see which way should be the top. After it is dry stencil, stamp, write on it, draw on it, whatever you feel like.

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I love this fabric - are you able to tell me where you got it from?

07/09/2012 Flag

Thank you VickiAlice. I painted it. If you click on "View full details for this project" I talk about making it. Glad you like it.

07/09/2012 Flag

It is just white muslin. I painted it.

06/21/2013 Flag

It is just white muslin. I painted it.

06/21/2013 Flag

Love the angles mixed with zigzags, and the use of a machine stitch (in the white/yellow thread) that I had thought was too blobby when I tried it out.

07/21/2012 Flag

Every thread looks different on different settings. Try it again on a different piece or a different type of stitch.

07/28/2012 Flag

Wow! You make that fabric sing! Thanks for sharing! I've been hesitant to try acrylics on fabric--but you have inspired me!

07/25/2012 Flag

Don't be afraid of paint on fabric. If you don't like it, don't use it. Chances are you will love what ever it comes out looking like. Just be careful not to let the paint be too thick on top of the fabric. It can change the hand of the fabric very easily. Experiment with paint on a scrap, even just some ugly old printed fabric you have laying around so you can get the feel of how the paint lays on or soaks into the fabric.

07/28/2012 Flag

Thanks, Gayla!

07/31/2012 Flag

Good idea to paint fabric. Do you happen to use DynaFlow?

08/28/2012 Flag

This is Acrylic paint. Straight from the art store :)

12/06/2013 Flag

Very cool!

06/28/2013 Flag