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Hi everyone!  Here is the line up for the Fabric Elements blog hop.  Next up will be Julie Fei Fan Balzer on Tuesday, September 15, 2015!  Be sure to enter our Creative Challenge!  Details are listed with each designer’s blog post!

Rebekah 9-1-15 http://rebekahmeier.com
Cheryl 9-3-14 http://cherylboglioli.com
May 9-8-15 http://mayflaum.com
Tammy 9-10-15 http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Julie 9-15-15 http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/
Madeline 9-17-15 http://madelinesthoughts.blogspot.chttp://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/com
Fabric Editions 9-22-15 http://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/
Rebekah 9-24-15 http://www.rebekahmeier.com

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Fabric Elements Little Tag Book

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited that Fabric Elements is now available!!!!

 You can find all details here  on Fabric Editions website.  We are also having a Creative Challenge.  Make sure

to check out the details at the end of this post.  I would love to see what you create!!

Materials

  • Peltex
  • Tissue pack
  • Lace Trim
  • Pellon® EZ Steam II ™
  • 4 – 10 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pieces of canvas
  • Art Anthology spray Avocado
  • Dye-na-Flow, turquoise
  • Metallic gold acrylic
  • 2 paper flowers
  • 1 brad
  • Glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Neutral color thread
8-31-15 FE Book

Elastic lace closure with paper flowers and a brad holding it together

1.  Cut one 10 1/2” x 5 1/2” from Peltex. This will be the book cover.

2.  Cut two 10 1/2” x 5 1/2” from Papillon FQ.

3.  Cut two 10 1/2” x 5 1/2” sheets from EZ Steam II double sided fusible web. Remove one side of film revealing a sticky side. Place one side of Peltex down onto sticky film. Trim any excess if necessary. Repeat with remaining side of Peltex and EZ Steam II. Hand press any wrinkles. Use a hot iron to completely fuse the fabric to Peltex book cover.

ex. 2

ex. 2

4.   Machine stitch 1/8” from edge of book cover. ex.2

Ex. 1

Ex. 1

5.  Measure the center of book and mark. Machine stitch down the center approximately 10 times.  Stitch back and forth down the center, creating a spine. ex.1

ex. 5

ex. 5

6.  Spray each side of book cover with color. Let dry completely. ex.5

ex. 3

ex. 3

 

7.  From canvas fabric, cut four 10” x 5” pages. Place two of the pages together, machine stitch each 10” side. ex.3.

 

ex. 4

ex. 4

8.  Machine stitch down the center horizontally. This will create pockets for the tags. ex.4

 

ex. 7

ex. 7

 

9.  Place the two pages on top of each other, making sure the edges are even. Place the pages onto the center of book cover. Machine stitch down the center, securing the pages to the book.  ex.7

ex. 8

ex. 8

10.  Apply EZ Steam II to Tissue Paper and cut one 4 1/2” square. Apply color to the Tissue using Memento Luxe ink. ex.8 Remove remaining film and place onto the center of book cover.

8-31-15 FE Book

11.   Measure around book and cut from elastic lace.  Place flowers on top of each other and secure with a brad closure.  Glue flowers to the lace.  This will be the closure for the book.

 

Creative Challenge Guidelines:
1. Create a project using at least 2 of the products from the Fabric Elements collection, available in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores in the quilting section.

2. Share finished project image on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #FabricElements, anytime between September 1 and September 24. Fabric Editions will find them in social media, or you can email them to: fabriceditions@gmail.com and they will be posted.

Rebekah Meier’s will choose the top 20 entries on September 24, 2015. The finalists’ project photos will be posted in Fabric Editions Facebook page for voting. Voting ends September 29, and the winner will be announced September 30, 2015. The photo with the most “likes” wins!

Prize:
Each of the 20 finalists will receive a copy of Rebekah Meier’s book, “Techniques For Mixed Media”

The Grand Prize Winner will receive 1 of each the items in the Fabric Elements product line, plus a Fabi Sizzix cutter and 3 dies: Prize valued at $379.00 (no cash prizes).

· Fabi Sizzix Machine

· 3 Bigz-Dies,

· Techniques For Mixed Media Book by Rebekah Meier

· 6 Colored fat quarters: yellow, pink, orange, blue, purple, green

· 6 white on white fat quarters

· Waffle Muslin

· Peltex/Lutradur

· 3 Stencils

· Canvas Banners

· Burlap Banners

· Pellon EZ-Steam II

· Canvas Tags

· Tissue Paper

· Osnaburg

· Batting

· Gauze

· Wool Felt

· 9 Bottles of Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow Fluid Acrylic Textile paint

The products are in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores on September 1 and on joann.com.

www.facebook.com/FabricEditions

Instagram: https://instagram.com/fabriceditions/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fabriceditions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FabricEditions

Blog and more about Fabric Elements: http://blog.fabriceditions.com/index.php/fabric-elements-august-2015/

 

Follow the Fabric Elements blog hop with us!

 
Rebekah 9-1-15 http://rebekahmeier.com
Cheryl 9-3-14 http://cherylboglioli.com
May 9-8-15 http://mayflaum.com
Tammy 9-10-15 http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Julie 9-15-15 http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/
Madeline 9-17-15 http://madelinesthoughts.blogspot.com
Fabric Editions 9-22-15 http://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/
Rebekah 9-24-15 http://www.rebekahmeier.com

Love and Peace

 

I miss my husband Brad.    I wanted to share with you my new stencil I created with his passing in my mind.  His  birthday is  August 17th.   I wanted to make something that could hang in my studio so he is there with me every day.    About a month and a half after he had passed, I created this stencil for The Crafters Workshop.   It was released this month.

It is to remind me of  our adventures, and that day on Santa Monica pier, where this photo was taken.  It was such a beautiful relaxing day for both of us.

   It encompasses Brad so well.  Being at the beach and people watching.

 

Finished Canvas

Finished Canvas

My Love

Santa Monica pier 2014.  

 

Tape Peel

   Tape Peel

heart stamped with script

heart stamped with script

I  started with a 12″ x 12″ burlap frame, and used gel medium (any brand) to apply a sheet of collage paper (found at Jo-Ann stores).  While the paper  as still a little damp I placed masking tape onto the paper and lifted it.  Some of the paper came off, giving it a beautiful torn effect.  I diluted some gold metallic paint and painted over the paper.  When it was dry,  I stenciled the words of the stencil onto the paper using black acrylic.  I outlined the words with a taupe color marker to make them pop.  I kept the stencil in place and stenciled the remaining designs with robin’s egg blue acrylic paint.  I created dots and circles (paint cap) with gold paint.  Lastly I stamped a rubber stamp with a script design onto the broken heart.  When you break it down in steps this canvas was really very easy to create.

Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat-Fusible Art Sheets

 

BellaCaftsConnections.com

BellaCaftsConnections.com

 

I would like to share the other class I will be teaching at Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat.   Fusible Art Sheets!  This is one of my favorite classes to teach.  Students are very surprised when they learn the technique for creating  a fragile piece of fusible paper.  Once created these sheets can be fused to almost anything,  including but not limited to  journals, scrapbook pages, canvas, and cards are just a few of things that will look beautiful with Art Sheets.    This class is so easy!  I hope to see you in class.

Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat

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 I just wanted to remind all of you that the early bird discount for the Bella Crafts Connections Consumer Craft Retreat August 1, 2015 is approaching quickly.  I have looked over the classes and I am blown away with the offerings.

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

Coffee Filter Art

 

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal book

Coffee Filter Art applied to a journal

It was a good design day when I came up with the idea to use inexpensive coffee filters for my mixed media art.  I like that the filters are paper and can be painted, stamped, and stenciled upon and  when applied to a surface, such as a journal, it will show what is underneath.   Each will be different and unique to each student as they put their own aesthetic into the mix.  A few other techniques will be saved for those of you that take my class!  You can also apply them onto a canvas or use them for decoupage.   The possibilities are endless on how you can create and use them.    I will have on hand my stencils from my TCW stencil line for students to use.  Check back tomorrow and I will post about Fragile Fusion!

Imagine Art! Using Stencils to Create Layers

 

I have been playing lately with my stencils I design for The  Crafter’s Workshop.  This is a piece of art I  came up with.

 

Imagine Art!

Imagine Art!

 

apply paint onto old book page

apply paint onto old book page

 

To start, I dug out an old book page and applied a few drops of white fluid acrylic.

 

 

spread paint with paper towel

spread paint with paper towel

 

I use a paper towels a lot to spread and blot paint.  Then I applied the paper to a piece of wood with gel
.

added drips and drops of paint by adding water

drips and drops of paint by adding water

I stamped  image on tissue paper and apply to canvas with gel medium.  Then stamped an image (stamp unknown) onto tissue paper with archival ink. If anyone knows the origin of the stamp, please let me know and I will give them credit.drip some drops of color, add water, creating a water color effect.

 

Rebekah Meier Design stencil, Viva La Art TCW488s

Rebekah Meier Design stencil, Viva La Art TCW488s

 

I pulled out one of my well used stencils.  Words are a favorite of mine.  When I designed this stencil I wanted a kind of hippie vibe, and was happy with how it turned out.  it.  The other stencil “imagine” is from my Word Association  stencil.  You might notice that the word ART was first stenciled with a burnt orange color.  It did not work for me, so I tried a cobalt turquoise color instead, and liked it much better.

Rebekah Meier Design Word Association TCW527s

Rebekah Meier Design Word Association TCW527s

Lastly, I stenciled “imagine”  onto the canvas.  When designing word stencils, there has to be breaks in the letters or it will not cut properly in production (the whole letter would cut out).  Sometimes  I like the open lines and sometimes not.  In this case, I simply used a liner brush to connect the lines.

I would love to know how you use stencils in your work?

Art and Soul Virginia Beach 2015

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Sunset at Virginia Beach!

This fall I will be teaching classes at Art and Soul Retreat  in Virginia Beach, September 28-October 4.  I am very happy and excited to be teaching at this venue, as I have never been to Virginia Beach.  Some of these photos are students work.  Aren’t they beautiful?  If anyone has visted area and venue, I would love to hear about your stay.

Classes I will be teaching at Art and Soul Virginia Beach:

Collage Painting for Fabric:   Students will learn techniques to create their own custom designed fabric. Layering the applications of color, texture, design will be covered. Instruction will also be given on how to create foam stamps and using found objects for printing. The one of a kind designed fabric will then be used to create a no-sew wallet.

Ripped, Peeled, and Dripped Paper Relic Collage:  Students will create a canvas wall art collage. Techniques will be step by step, allowing students to build up textures and interesting designs. If you like ripping, peeling back layers, and random application of paint, then this class is for you.

Fiber Art Tapestry:  Students will learn a layering technique that incorporates both fabric and paper. Each student will go home with a small sampler incorporating embroidery and lots of texture.

CHA Mega Show 2015- The Crafter’s Workshop New Releases

With Jaime Echt owner of The Crafter's Workshop

With Jaime Echt, owner of The Crafter’s Workshop

So many great and exciting things happened at the 2015 CHA mega show.  I released 20 new stencil designs with The Crafter’s Workshop.  For the first time I designed smaller, 4″ stencils that I call Rebekah’s Remnants.

It is always a pleasure working with Jaime Echt  from The Crafters Workshop!  They will be available here, here, and here.   Here are my models with the  stencil designs.  Please take a look and let me know what you would create with them!

Press Release for Fabric Elements at CHA 2015

Fabric Elements Projects

Fabric Elements Projects

I am so excited to be able to now talk about my new program I designed with Fabric Editions.  Based upon my Fabric Art Collage books and techniques, the new program is called Fabric Elements.  Fabric Elements  is designed to fit the creative needs of both the novice and the experienced crafter, mixed media enthusiast, collage maker (both fabric and paper combined), scrapbooker looking to add new elements to their layouts, journalers looking to add texture and new techniques, art quilters and fiber artists looking to add paper and tactile fibers to their work.  The concept is new, exciting, and has many features.  It is even up for an award at CHA!

The press release for the program is listed below!

 

If you will be attending CHA, please stop by the Fabric Editions booth (2013) and create a make and take with me.  I am also teaching a workshop on Monday, #W1501, booth #201, I hope to see you there!  Here are the times I will be in the booth:

Saturday
11:30-12:30 FE booth #2013
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013

Sunday
11:30-12:30 FE booth #2013
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013

Monday
11:30-1:30 Class FE #W1501 Booth #201
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Greenville, SC – Fabric Editions, Inc. is pleased to announce the nomination of the new product line called Fabric Elements to the Craft and Hobby Association’s (CHA) Hot Products for 2015 in the Fabric/Craft category. The product winners in each category will be announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 11 from 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Convention Center Ballroom during the CHA Annual Mega Show taking place in Anaheim, California.

Fabric Elements is a cooperative development of products that feature the design, work and inspiration of mixed-media Artist, Rebekah Meier. Rebekah has a long standing reputation as a featured designer of mixed media projects to magazines such as ‘Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ and other publications from Interweave Press as well as Stampington & Company publications.

“Rebekah Meier’s sterling reputation and experience was a natural fit to join in partnership with us, since we are the leader in pre-cut fabrics.” says Marsha Walling, CEO of Fabric Editions, Inc. “Her style of art was the perfect match to the fabric substrates we were planning to bring to market as pre-cuts. We anticipated the trend in providing a fabric foundation for artwork that we were starting to see at in some of the art quilts, and knew this crossed over perfectly with more experienced scrapbooking and stamping crafters.”

The product line is made up of 32 SKU’s, though retailers can pick and choose the product story that suits their consumer. In the line are 9 fabric substrates, 12 cotton fabric squares (known as fat quarters, as they are a quarter yard of fabric), 6 embellishment SKU’s including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 self-contained kits. Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive technique book by Rebekah Meier showing her latest mixed-media projects and step by step instructions using these fabrics.

“I’m so excited for Fabric Elements to be nominated as a CHA Hot Product! It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to create these products with Fabric Editions and share my love for Mixed Media,” said Rebekah Meier.

About Rebekah Meier: Rebekah Meier is a mixed media artist, teacher, author and designer. She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create collage and fiber art. Rebekah has a freeform and relaxed design philosophy, believing that when creating art, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. She likes to incorporate many textures into her artwork which is represented in her best-selling books, Fabric Art Collage and More Fabric Art Collage.

About Fabric Editions, Inc.: Fabric Editions, Inc., established in 1986, is an innovative leader of pre-cut fabrics in the sewing and crafting markets. Known throughout the world for fashion-forward textile designs in yardage and pre-cut fabric collections.

For more information contact:
Vanessa Denniston, Marketing Manager
Fabric Editions, Inc.
864-254-0533
Visit www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements for image downloads.

Create with me at CHA!

 

class model

class model

 

I am so happy to be teaching a class at the upcoming CHA Mega Show 2015 in Anaheim, CA. The class is sponsored by Fabric Editions. CHA will be here before we know it. The details of my class are listed below. The technique you will learn is very unique, and combines my two favorite materials, paper and fabric. I have designed some of the components for this class as well, including a new stencil of mine from The Crafters Workshop for which I am very excited!  Stop by the Fabric Editions booth #2013 to create a make-in-take,  and ask more about the class.

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class model

 

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class model

W1501 – Workshop

Monday January 12, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Room: Booth #1
Difficulty: Beginner
Supplies: None
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Distributors, Designers and Creative Professionals
Join Rebekah Meier, a gifted mixed media artist, as she shares uses of fabric in making mixed media collages. Rebekah Meier is the author of Fabric Art College and More Fabric Art Collage. Visit her blog at: rebekahmeier.com. She will help you discover different substrates, and techniques for creating a large banner in the demonstration.

Instructor(s): Rebekah Meier
Sponsor(s): Fabric Editions, Inc

Member Price: $35.00
Non-Member Price: $50.00

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