Expert advice on hanging your pieces!! Ann Kelly shares her expert advice in this article by TextileArtist.org. The article shares with us practical advice for hanging textile art and it also helps us when it comes to choosing a way to display our work as successfully as possible. So many beautiful pieces with work from Cas Holmes!
CLICK here or on top right photo above to go to TextileArtist.org and the article. You can always find this and other ideas on my page called BINDING/FINISHING.
I just keep hitting the jackpot while searching for free-motion quilting information! Amy Johnson is passionate about free motion and has a whole series on her site called Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures!
From setting up your area with all that you need to using rulers to assist in making lines while quilting...she has it all! RULER work is something new to me!! Amy also teaches classes on Craftsy! Click on the photo below to go directly to my page with all the Free-Motion Quilting links! These two are the newest additions! WOW!
From bindings to stretched canvas the way you present your art can catch the attention of your viewers!
Here are some fabulous links to give you some inspiration when it comes to finishing off your art quilts. Finishing off a piece is my least favorite part and sometimes the piece will sit for a very long time until I get re-inspired to do that last step! Some of these have helped me through that process! I hope they will help you as well! CLICK on the photo above to go directly to the collection of links on my website. They will always be there for you to access and I will be adding more so do check back or sign-up for my newsletter if you'd like.
Deborah Wirsu has been posting weekly how-to videos on Thread Sketching for over a year now! It is fascinating to watch her skills grow from video #1 to her current videos. Yes! She is still posting them! I am adding these to the Free-Motion Quilting page on my website so you can always find them! Click on the picture above (which is from video #60) to go straight to all her videos or on this colored link to go to the Free- Motion Quilting page to see more!
I decided to add a separate page to my website called Free-Motion Quilting where I have links to videos on How To Do Free-Motion Quilting and links to Leah Day's 365 (oh it's 450 now!) Free Motion Quilting Designs and more. They are all free and I hope this page helps you find them easily. I will be adding more as I find them. Click on the photo below or go to the top of my website and click on the tab called Free- Motion Quilting.
To get the free eBook from Quilting Daily just click on the photo below.
"From motifs to machine quilting patterns to practice and perfect, this free download has something for you! This free-motion focused eBook is jam-packed with advice for quilters of all levels! We’ve gathered the best of the best to offer you including tips for how to machine quilt and proven techniques for success. We’ve also included step-by-step motifs, how to use variegated threads, tips for filling in borders and how to combine free-motion quilting designs. Whether you’re new to machine quilting or you’re eager to improve your technique, you’ll find loads of useful advice in this free eBook." Quote from Quilting Daily.
Sometime inspiration just comes in a flash and ideas flow. Sometimes I have an idea but can't visualize it totally. I have to try and remember to look around and ask myself why is this subject something I like or even love. What is it that brings me joy. And sometimes what is it that stirs up emotions. Hmmm....I don't regularly use an art journal although I know it is important. Many artists write about the importance of keeping one but until it comes into your own consciousness on how important they are to your art then you might not use them. Not just because someone told you to.
Lately I have been looking back at some of my journal entries and I am starting to realize how important they really can be to my current or future work They are an expression of what I was feeling on the inside at the time of the entry. A part of my spirit so to speak. Looking back is like looking back on the path I traveled at that time to where I am thinking now. So I need to realize each time I think about a subject and try to stir up more inspiration I don't have to start all over from scratch! I can look back and see where I have been before, how much I've traveled with that same bit of inspiration and then think about how I feel about it now. I can add an entry in my journal by drawing, sketching, clipping ideas out and gluing them in, playing with color or just about anything at all. I don't have to rely on remembering it all in my head and getting frustrated. If I just used my journal to get my thoughts out, each time I feel the twinge of inspiration, the journal would mean a lot more to me and I believe I would get even more inspiration flowing. Even if the entries don't turn into something right now...they are traveling on the way to be something in the future.
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