You’ll Love This Sewing & Crafting Book If:
- You want to learn how to sew with exciting techniques & tips from Chrissie Grace
- You love to sew and want to try new crafting projects step-by-step
- You want to collaborate with fellow fabric artists, but don’t know where to start
Create fun, interesting sewing crafts with the great tips and techniques in this eBook from Chrissie Grace. Along with 15 other talented artists, Chrissie shares exciting projects such as a lacey headband, a patchwork pullover, a handy kitchen apron and even multi-fabric quilts. With a focus on sharing and swapping fabrics with your artistic community, Sharing Stitches is the perfect resource for any crafter looking to mix it up and try something new. Learn how to sew a wide variety of fun crafts, swap fabric and more.
In addition to great, complete crafting projects Sharing Stitches also includes a round robin journal and other tips on swapping fabric and collaborate smoothly. Start swapping & start sewing today with this downloadable eBook.
In the Sharing Stitches eBook You’ll Learn:
A Word From the Author:
- 22 crafty sewing projects great for collaborations and swaps
- How to swap fabrics & host your own collaboration gathering
- Great sewing tips & fabric projects from artists such as Claudine Hellmuth, Liz Lamoreux, Ruth Rae and others
"I consider myself a mixed-media artist. I have a long past creating mosaic art with glass and tile. I also love to paint and create mixed-media collages. Working as an artist has always been a solitary experience for me. Whether it was in my garage studio, at my kitchen table or alone in my car jotting down ideas, my artistic dialogue was limited to myself. I started yearning for a connection to other artists. I wanted to connect to some creative partners with whom I could develop a small artistic community. It wasn’t until I made the decision to step outside my little work zone in my home studio that I really started blossoming." — Chrissie Grace
Check Out This Excerpt From Sharing Stitches:
Freezer Paper Method
For some of your projects you will want to print an image or words on fabric. Instead of buying transfer paper and ironing it on, you can make your own fabric paper. Cut a piece of freezer paper and a piece of muslin a little larger than a standard 8½" × 11" (21.5cm by 28cm) page. Place the plastic side of the freezer paper down on your muslin and iron them together. The two pieces will become one. Make sure to trim it to 8½" × 11" (21.5cm by 28cm) with no hanging strings. You can now feed it right into your ink-jet printer. Make sure that the image will print on the fabric side of the paper.
It is imperative that you press all of your fabric pieces before using them in your projects (unless, of course, the project calls for a wrinkled look!). Ironing your fabric makes everything look more finished, and it’s a good habit to get into if you start quilting.
Making a Microwave Flower Press
You can buy a commercial flower press at most craft stores, or you can make your own for practically free. Cut two pieces of thick cardboard 10" (25.5cm) square, or smaller if your microwave won’t accommodate this size. Cut sheets of newsprint in the same size. Place a piece of newsprint on one piece of cardboard, and then arrange the flowers on top of the newsprint. Lay another piece of newsprint on top of the flowers, and then cover with the other piece of cardboard. Secure with rubber bands around all the edges. "Cook" the flowers on medium heat (50-percent) for about two minutes. Carefully check them. If they don’t seem completely dry, put them back in for another minute or so. When you remove them from the microwave, place them in between a stack of heavy books overnight. The next morning you will have pressed, dried flowers.
Stitching in the Ditch
Stitching in the ditch is a great technique for beginning machine quilters. The term "stitch in the ditch" means that you use the walking foot on your machine to create straight lines of quilting along the seams (or "ditches") of the quilt top. If you are using the stitch-in-the-ditch technique, you must keep your stitches in the seams, or ditches, consistently. You don’t want your stitches to veer away from the seams.
A straight stitch is simply that. Unless otherwise noted, always use a ¼" (6mm) seam.
Topstitching is a length of stitching done on the top of a seam to give it a finished appearance.
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