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Design your Surfaces Using Fabric Scraps – Textile design

Textile Art – Creating Designed Surfaces  Using Fabric Scraps – Jamie Malden

Sometimes, after you’ve finished your designs, you can be left with some seemingly useless bits and bobs; things like thread or bits of fabric. This does not need to go to waste! Why not design your surfaces by turning the scraps into a masterpiece? You can put it on bags, notebooks and much more!

How to

All you need to do is take what you have left after a project, place them on your chosen canvas under a piece of organza and sew it down. There can be method to your madness or you can place your bits and bobs randomly. It really is up to you!

What we think of the surface designs

Embroidered stitches on top of this can create some beautiful textures and really bring the piece together. You can add flowers or follow the shapes of the underneath design. Whatever you think looks best.

Something really unique is turning your old scraps into wash bags! You can never have too many wash bags, they always come in handy. Just by adding some waterproof material to the inside you can create a vibrant, fun little piece which is very convenient and useful.

You would never have guessed that the fabric and thread was originally destined for the bin! It adds style and fun to your designs. Plus, it also saves a lot of waste! We like the colour aspect of it all. Plus, we love the idea that no two pieces will ever come out exactly same. You can really use this as a means to experiment with shapes, styles and colour.

What you need and Final Notes!

Lastly, we’d like to say we think it’s super easy and fun to create. All you need is some old scraps, some organza, a sewing machine and a little bit of a time!

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How to make a scrap book | Craft Ideas

Craft Ideas – How to Make your very own funky Scrapbook – JamieMalden

Ever wondered how to make a designed scrap book? We have the answer!

There is many ways to make a scrap book. We suggest using fun fabrics to brighten up your mini book. It can add textile, colour and make your book more eye-catching. You won’t be able to put it down once you’ve made it. Some ideas discussed are water coloured papers, block printed designs and added fabrics. You can chose what you’d like to incorporate. What’s your style, grungy or clean?

The technique to making these books is easy and simple. In this example, 6×12 paper is being used. You fold this in half and cut the folded side using a premade template. After cutting along these, you need a scewer to go through the holes. Missing every other you now have the means to connect the pages. You then use a new scewer to enter the unused holes and so on.

Remember to use sturdy paper to ensure it doesn’t rip!

With the final scewer you can tidy the line. The final thing to do is weave twine, lace, or your chosen tool around the scewers. You can add this to each skewer’d hole with a needle and thread if you’d like. Plus, you can also weave beeds or shells on them for an extra touch!

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How to use Lutradur – Industrial material for Textile Art

What is Lutradur? Introduction to textile techniques with Jamie Malden

Lutradur is a multifunctional fabric perfect for textile art. Being the sturdy material it is, it not only can be used to make beautiful landscape pieces but also when burnt can be made into little boxes. I love the idea that you can make pretty lamp shades out of the material. You can really be creative.

The sunset acrylic dyes really bring lutradur to life. Plus you can use it to compliment other fabrics by adding shaped versions of it. You can turn the fabric into much more than just a fabric. It can become your starting piece for elaborate art. It reads well into motifs and can be structured to create images. For instance, why not try making a flower pattern?

Also, you can use the material for textiled backgrounds. Amazingly, the lampshades come out super creative and fun. They speak for themselves, have a look:

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7 steps for Fabric Dyeing | Washing Machine Edition

Fabric Dyeing Techniques – How To Dye Your Own Fabric Using A Washing Machine

Fabric dyeing can be fun and easy! Just let us show you how  In this easy to follow guide Colouricious can show you the 7 easy steps to dyeing your own fabric using a washing machine! How fun!

These are the steps broken down:

  1. Step one – Put your chosen fabrics in the washing machin
  2. Pour the dye into the drum with the fabric Add 500g of normal Salt straight into the drum
  3. Set the machine at 40 degrees WITHOUT washing powder
  4. When finished, wash the fabric again to rinse it.
  5. Either tumble dry or hang it up to dry. Completely up to you!
  6.  Iron your materials.

After you follow this guide you can start to have fun with your fabric. Enjoy printing onto and playing with your fabrics to create your own fun masterpieces. The possibilities are endless. For example, how about some aztec inspired dyed aprons and bags!

If you’re looking for some inspiration here are some fun dyed fabrics we like:

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Happy fabric dyeing!

Embellishing | Dry Needle Felting – Learn How To

Embellishing workshop with Myfanwy Hart – Learn for yourself!

Embellishing is something fun and unique to each person. You can pick your own favourite colour yarn and co-ordination of colours to work well with the chosen felt as well. In this how to, Myfanwy Hart shows us a simple step-by-step guide on embellishing.

Taking the felt, you can choose your yarn and create a meshed-together surface. Getting more in tune with the machine is the first step. Improving your relationship with the sewing machine makes the embellishing process a lot smoother. With confidence comes great creativity!

Basic straight laid yarns is the foundation needed in order to progress your skills. The straight yarns look great too! Using colour and angles you can really bring it to life!

There are different types of yarn to use but in this example, Myfanwy is using pink wool. Always start in the middle as it’s easiest. When starting, be slow and consistent. This helps your yarned felt come out as you want it to best.

What can you do with this skill? As seen in the video, you can create funky covers for notebooks, sheets to decorate your home, clothes and much more. Jamie goes on to show how she turned a finished felt piece into a decorative addition to an old scarf. Amazing!

The more you work on the piece the more integrated and stronger it becomes!

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