Accessories and Ornaments, Art, Art Journal, Fiber Art, Journal Cover, Workshops

Journal Covers – See Class Samples

Hot off the presses!!!

We just dropped off 2 embellished journal covers at Baron’s. “How to create an embellished/collaged fabric journal cover” Workshop is scheduled for Saturday March 16 and repeated Tuesday March 19. Call Baron’s to register or for details.

This cover fits a composition book approximately 9 inches high by 7 1/2 inches wide.

Collaged Fabric Journal Cover
Collaged Fabric Journal Cover

This is the size we will be making in class.  We will provide the composition books in the purchased supply kit.

This cover was adapted to fit a spiral bound art journal measuring approximately 5 1/2 inches by 8 inches. We will provide guidelines for adapting directions for other sizes.

Journal Cover for Spiral Art Journal
Journal Cover for Spiral Art Journal
Accessories and Ornaments, earrings, Jewelry

Sneak Peek – Latest Earring Creations for Fall (and late summer too)

Hi y’all!  On this 108 degree day in the Southland in a week that has seen a murderous 113 (and more they say), my thoughts are turning to Autumn.  And in addition to promises of cooler breezes I visualized the beautiful color scape that Nature brings to us in the fall.

I took some time out from stitching to design some new earrings and just started listing them on Etsy.  So you get to see most of them before everybody else!

Breakfast in Santa Fe
Breakfast in Santa Fe  $12.00
Lunch Date in Taos
Lunch Date in Taos  $12.00
Bronze Melody
Bronze Melody

 

Copper Melody
Copper Melody  $12.00
Fall Classic
Fall Classic  $14.00
I Heart Autumn
I Heart Autumn  $14.00
Mystic Morn
Mystic Morn  $ 14.00
Citrine Swings
Citrine Swings  $14.00
Rose Quartz Romance
Rose Quartz Romance  $14.00
Butterscotch With a Kick
Butterscotch With a Kick  $ 12.00
Red Polka Dot Flirt
Red Polka Dot Flirt  $10.00
Amber Dreams
Amber Glow  $ 10.00
Butterfly Blues
Butterfly Blues  $ 8.00

These are all available for purchase in my Etsy shop:  http://honeyquilts.etsy.com

 

Accessories and Ornaments, Fiber Art, Tote Bags, Tutorials

New Life for An Old Bag

Several years ago I sewed a tote  bag that quickly became my favorite.  I enjoyed it  so much that I actually started wearing it out!

When It Was New

well worn

Tossing it aside was not an option. Too much work went into making it and besides I really liked it.

So, I investigated ways to ‘fix’ it that would not be too difficult and would not look like an emergency patching job.

I decided to use fake prairie points with a ragged edge.  Luckily I had enough fabric left over from the bag in my scrap stash.So I cut out about 20   3 in. by 3 in. squares, folded them in half corner to corner, then arranged them in overlapping fashion around the top edge of the tote. 

3 inch by 3 inch squares – fold each in half, point to point

I stitched around the top to hold them in place then stitched them more securely about 1/2 inch in from the edges to leave them “raw-edged.”  Finally I washed and dried the tote bag to allow the new embellishments to fray a little.  Because the fabric had been previously washed it did not do much fraying but I’m sure that in time they’ll take on that look.

And here is my “new” old tote bag ready to go !

Accessories and Ornaments, bracelets, earrings, Jewelry, Life

Monday is try something new day – in this case a soldering iron

Heya blogees, I’m about to open the package and get out my new soldering iron.  These here are just a bit of delaying tactics in case you didn’t realize.  I’ve never used one of these contraptions but have been busily scouring the google and the youtube 🙂  to do my research.

All that I want to do is to solder a few jump rings.  I usually don’t have a problem getting them to stay put (and the earring or whatever to stay together) but every once in awhile there’s a wayward badass among ’em.

So, wish me luck and I’ll let you know how my experiments worked (or not as the case may be, lol)

Have a wonderful week y’all!

Guila

Accessories and Ornaments, earrings, Jewelry

Back to Beads

We just got back from a few days in San Francisco and I’m loving being back in the “studio”.  Most of all I love playing with fabric, fibers, paint and so on but for the past couple of days I’ve turned my attention to BEADS!!!  My inventory of hand crafted earrings needs replenishing (yes!) and I’m just in the mood to design away!   I made about a dozen over the last couple of evenings and as soon as I’ve finished taking all the pictures I’ll have them posted on Etsy and now on Bonanza too (I’ll post the link as soon as the inventory is in place.)

In the meantime here’s a preview for you.  Let me know if anything in particular strikes your fancy.

Accessories and Ornaments, bracelets, Jewelry

Festive Red Bracelet Added to Etsy

Remember to use your 20% off coupon on any item until the end of December/2011. No additional charge for shipping within the U.S. until end of December.

http://honeyquilts.etsy.com

When checking out enter coupon code:    20HOL2011      enter exactly as shown

This beautiful bracelet measures 7″ from bead to bead.  Add about 1/2 inch for the sterling silver toggle closure.

The list price (before coupon discount) is $29.00.

Accessories and Ornaments, I.D. Tags, Luggage Tag, Tutorials

I.D./Luggage Tag – a Tutorial

Materials Needed

Cotton Fabricfor  tag –  cut 2 pieces –  4” by 6” each   (finished tag will be 3 ½ by 5 ½ “.)

              for loop attachment –  cut 1 piece         14 “ long by 1 ½ inches.

Vinyl –cut 1 piece 4 ½  by 2 ½ inches

Stabilizer – 1 piece of fusible batting or Craft Bond cut 3  ½ by 5 ½ inches.

Fabric Pieces
  1. Center batting or craft fuse on wrong side of one of fabric
    Stabilizer Fused to Fabric (1)

    rectangles – press according to package directions to fuse in place.

  2. Place fabric rectangles right sides together and stitch with 1/4 inch seam around perimeter leaving a gap of 1 and 1/2 “ in the middle of one short end.  You will use this gap to turn the tag and to insert the ends of the loop.
  3. Press loop piece in half (the long way).  Open it up and press each side toward the middle.  Then fold in half lengthways. Edge stitch both long sides.
  4. Trim corners and turn the tag inside out through the gap you left so that right side is now on the outside.
  5.   Push corners out neatly and press.  TipTime:  I have found that a wooden chopstick is helpful to poke those little corners out without going through the fabric.
  6. Insert raw ends of loop about ½ inch into the gap you left.
  7. Top stitch around perimeter of the tag. Double stitch the area where the loop is inserted to make it extra secure.
  8. Place vinyl piece in center of tag.
  9. Sew 3 sides of the vinyl using a longer stitch than normal.  I set my Pfaff at 3.0.
  10. TipTime:  If you use too short a stitch you may cause the vinyl to tear.
  11. TipTime:  the open end of the vinyl should be pointing toward the loop to make it more difficult for the ID card to slip out.
    • I bought my vinyl in the home decorating department at JoAnn’s  You’ll want one that has some body to it so that it will hold up better..
    • I made ID tag inserts using Print Shop – A regular size business card will fit nicely.

    These directions and images are the work and property of Guila Greer and may not be reproduced without permission.