In the Studio: All About the Stitching


First up today is a salute to the changing of the seasons.  I have this artwork up all winter in the bedroom, but have taken it down for something lighter. It’s HEAVILY machine stitched and was created from a variety of materials including velvet, a tweed-type fabric, black felt topped with polyester fabric and burned out, commercial zebra print, my painted fabric, duck cloth, and more.  It is 24×36 inches.


Second is the hand-stitching I am doing this week for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.  This is one of the 6″ square printed and stiched artworks I will be exchanging.


And, of course, stitching continues slowly on Shagbark.  It’s especially slow because I am bit-by-bit taking out all the stitching I did in the beginning which now seem to be going in the wrong direction; e.g. the blue stitches in the photo above.  Taking out handstitching is really a bit heartbreaking, but I just couldn’t ignore something that no longer fit my vision for the artwork. More and more I am learning that I am an artist who continues to evolve an artwork as long as I’m still working on it.


04 2014

Last Day! Sign-Up for Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange

JavaLoveStitchI love hand-stitching with threads from Laura Wasilowski’s Artfabrik!

Today’s the last day to join an exchange of java-themed art based on Lynn Krawczyk’s new Intentional Printing book published by Interweave/F+W Media. It is available as an e-book also with both version currently on sale.

All the details of the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange are here.

The Exchange group, as of this morning, with participants from the U.S., Canada, and Australia:

Lynn Krawczyk
Virginia A. Spiegel
Jamie Fingal
Janice Novachcoff
Bethany Garner
Mary Ann Van Soest
Rhonda Baldwin
Von Biggs
Jay Dodds
Gisela Towner
Deirdre Abbotts
Michael P. Cunningham
Gordana Vukovic
Anne McMillan
Marissa Vidrio
Gwen Maxwell-Williams
Marie Z. Johansen
Eileen Hallock
Sylvia Weir
Sally Wescott
Liz Berg
Jeanette Thompson
Rebecca Buchanan
Margaret McDonald


04 2014

“Intentional Printing” Java Art Exchange – You’re Invited!


Love java? Love art?  Love Lynn Krawczyk’s new book, Intentional Printing:  Simple Techniqes for Inspired Fabric Art?  

Please join us for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.  Important Dates:

April 15, 2014: Deadline for commitment to participate
May 2, 2014: Deadline for completion of art
May 5, 2014: Artists will receive the e-mail of the artists to whom they should ship their java art. Artists will contact the new owners for a shipping address. You may need to ship your artwork outside the continental U.S.
May 9, 2014: Last day for artwork to be shipped by artists to the new owners.

All the details are here.

These are a few of my 6″ printed squares for the exchange – yet to be hand stitched.


04 2014

In the Studio: Intentional Printing for the Java Art Exchange

bookandfabric400Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk.
Published by Interweave/F+W Media

This week it’s all about  prepping for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange. Everyone is welcome to join the Exchange; details here. Deadline for sign-up:  April 15.

firstlayerfabricsLast week, I laid down the first layers with stamping, swiping, and other fun techniques from Lynn Krawczyk’s new book.  I like to do WAY more fabrics than I will need for the Exchange because it’s all about choice. I made each strip 7″ wide so I can trim down to the required 6″ after stitching, etc.


First up this week is writing.  I really did like the small squeeze bottle Lynn recommended over the syringe I had used previously.  I wrote sparsely on some pieces and covered the fabric completely on others.  Again, its all about having choices later in the process.  I also realized as I went along that I wanted some variety in the size of the writing; I tend to write very large.

Lynnscrees400After letting the writing dry, it was screen printing time. Since my Thermo-Fax is on the injured reserve list, I was happy to have Lynn’s excellent screens which she cleverly labels. I decided to save the “enormous coffee cup” (which I love) for another project.

redjavaSince the pieces tended toward the dark with dark blue writing, I went with white for the screen printing.  I ran out of plain white, but had pearl white which worked great to add a little shimmer to the pieces.

bluejavaI like this piece since running the writing vertically will add interest to the finished piece(s).


Next step is choosing where to cut the pieces and then on to hand stitching.


04 2014

“Intentional Printing” and the Java Art Exchange


Let’s just cut to the chase.  If you don’t already have Intentional Printing:  Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art by Lynn Krawczyk, just go ahead right now and order it from the publisher, Interweave/F+W Media, here.  Four reasons why you will be glad you did:

1.  It is a great book for someone who has never tried printing.  Lynn really does share simple techniques that can result in very complex designs.  But for those familiar with printing, there are pages full of inspiration and encouragement to try something new.


Photo from Intentional Printing courtesy of Interweave/F+W Media.

2.  You don’t need to invest in a lot of new “stuff.” For instance, you don’t need a pool noodle to do decay printing.  Use what you have is Lynn’s motto.  However Lynn does names names (one of my pet peeves in other books that do not) of products she likes and uses.

3. Her message is very positive.  Try this and see what YOU like, choose colors YOU like, don’t let other dictate what YOU think is beautiful.

4.  Most importantly, Lynn talks about the push-me, pull-me aspect of printing fabric which to me is crucial to printing interesting fabrics. By this I mean that she discusses how to create a layered printed design that is simple, yet evocative.  But she also shows you how to keep pushing – to really think about how to bring aspects of the printing to the fore or to push them back with different colors, images, or lines.

I have my own way of painting and printing fabric honed over more than a 1000 yards of white fabric, but I decided to try and print intentionally on small pieces of fabric (one of Lynn’s tips for success).

fabricdetail400A printed fabric to use as a background in three easy steps!


Then I made a screen from Lynn’s coffee cup graphic in Intentional Printing (enlarging it a bit since I wanted to mount it to a 10×8″ stretched canvas) even though my Thermofax (on its last legs) didn’t make a very good screen. I just filled  in the cup with paint, did a little hand stitching, followed her clever directions to MistyFuse the artwork to a canvas and voila, a new artwork for my coffee art wall.  I might still paint the edges of the stretched canvas per her directions, but I do like the stark white around the artwork. It’s shown on my work table, but now it’s on my coffee art wall.

I had so much fun with the coffee cup graphic that, with Lynn’s permission,
I brewed up the
***Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange***
All the details for you to participate are here.

Jamie Fingal’s blog
is the next stop today on the blog tour for Intentional Printing.  Check out the small art quilt she made using Lynn’s techniques.


04 2014