Archive for November, 2013

Ogden Art Group Meeting Fabric Paper

November 21, 2013

There has been a little progress in my sewing studio, but I still can’t access much of anything sewing related, so lots of other type of fiber art is happening.

Today was my turn to come up with a workshop for the Ogden Art Group, and I’ve been wanting to make fabric paper for awhile. You start with a layer of fabric that you wet down thoroughly with a mixture of 1 part PVA glue – I used Elmer’s washable white glue – and 5 parts water.

Then you collage just about anything your little heart desires on top of it. And that is exactly what we did. Tissue paper, computer paper print-outs, book text, threads, yarn, metallics, paper napkins, etc… all were fair game. With each layer of paper or fiber, you paint more of the glue/water mixture over it to keep everything in place.

You can completely cover your base fabric, or if you like, you can let sections show.

Beth concentrated on text:

Beth text

Julie took one of Beth’s discards and made this:

Julie fabric paper

Sue made 3 pieces:

Sue background

Sue black and white

Sue eiffle tower

And I came up with this:

Diane cats

Karen and Lucy were working on their own projects, and both brought wonderful Show and Tell. Karen has been marbling fabric, and I took a picture of a picture of the purse Lucy made out of strap webbing:

Lucy purse

Beth also had a partial quilt top for Show and Tell, but I missed taking photos of her quilt, and Karen’s marbled fabric.



Studio Remodel – I

November 10, 2013

A mad flurry of sewing and finishing of projects was done last week to finish my Whisper Quilts. We had The Big Reveal a week ago Saturday, and you can see the pictures on the Fiberistas blog. Four quilts were made in 2 weeks, along with dealing with a rotator cuff injury and PT.

Then the real work started. My studio is under rennovation. It’s about time. There was a 38 year old carpet underfoot, and it needed to be put to rest. My husband thought it was perfectly fine, but he still thinks I’m skinny. Now I love him for the later thought, but not for the former.

We both totally emptied the room – which took a few days. Then my husband removed the carpet, pad, and molding:

Carpet molding removed

A new subfloor was installed:
New Sub floor

And the wonderful installers arrived Monday to lay my new marmoleum flooring:
New flooring

Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a totally green product, great surface for long hours of standing, but cost a bundle. I debated long and hard about that floor. Heck, a hardwood floor would have cost less than half what this cost, been great for resale value, but no way could I stand on it for a hours on end. I went for comfort, and am not one bit sorry.

Nothing can be moved in for 72 hours, and now I’m debating about whether to paint the walls. Yes, I know I should have painted the walls before the new floor was installed, but the walls looked good – until the new flooring was installed. Such is life.

In the meantime, this is where everything from my studio is being stored:
Corinne bedroom 1

And another view after everything was moved in – taken from the hallway as there is no room to even step into the room anymore:
Corinne bedroom 2

My sewing machines were stupidly put into that space first, so no machine work will be getting done for a while. It will be worth it. It will be worth it. It will be worth it. If I say that enough times, I’ll start believing it. 😉