QuiltCon East will be in Savannah in February! Registration opens this Saturday at 10 am. I’m thrilled to be giving a lecture and I hope you’ll get there early to hear it! My talk is Thursday morning (February 23) at 10:30 am. The focus of my talk will be on exploring your creativity through fabric experimentation. Here’s a summary:
Explore your creativity with fabric! I often find that sewing from instructions leaves me feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. In this talk, I’ll discuss ways to experiment with fabric, break through creative blocks, forget about the rules, and listen to your own voice. Our fast-paced, interconnected world can cause us to rush through life, focusing on the day-to-day tasks without stopping to reflect and create. I will offer practical tips for discovering and nurturing your creativity, plus techniques to begin your journey in experimentation. By viewing your sewing practice as play without focusing on the end result, you can develop your own ideas and explore fabric in an innovative way.
In addition to the painted techniques shown below, we’ll explore fabric piecing, pleating, layering, stitching, and dyeing to help you expand your creative thinking. We’ll talk about the ways that artists experiment to find their style and how you can apply the same techniques to your sewing practice. I look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve been thinking a lot about creating texture in quilts. I find that when I experiment with one element, it’s helpful to remove all other visual ideas. So I’ve been working in all white just thinking about lines and texture. After working on this piece, I decided that the back is much more interesting than the front, which is leading me on to new techniques. It’s exciting to experiment with different ideas and I’m pushing myself beyond my comfort zone this year with a few new projects. More on that soon.
Head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment for a chance to win six yards of my Rough Cut fabric! I’ll ship anywhere in the world. Giveaway ends Sunday 2/21/16 at midnight eastern.
Papercut in black and white.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different media, starting without color. Now I design all of my fabric collections in black and white before adding color, which allows me to focus on line and form, before clouding everything with color. And sometimes it doesn’t need color at all. If you have followed my fabric designs for a while, you may have noticed that I like to keep things simple.
I went years only wanting to make and sew functional objects, but now I just want to explore techniques. At this point, I don’t want to write instructions or draft patterns, but I’m not sure where I’m going with this.
Doodles in black and white.
Line exploration in black and white. Acrylic on paper, paper weaving, digital lines, and acrylic on fabric.