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.

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

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

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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?

My Love and Best Friend

Bradley Meier    1961-2014

Brad Meier
1961-2014

 

When I started my blog, I decided to keep it only about my business activities and events related to the art, craft, and quilt industries that I work in.  With this post I have decided to tell those of you that don’t know, something very personal.  My husband of 33 years Brad Meier,  suddenly passed away from an aortic aneurism on October 11, 2014.  Some of you that read this might  recognize Brad’s  photo from CHA and retreats where we attended and where I taught.  He got to meet  so many of my creative friends.  He would accompany me on most of my trips, helping me, both of us seeing the US one retreat or trade show, and city at a time.  He loved to travel.  The above photo was taken on Santa Monica pier in CA last January after CHA.  We always would stay  couple days after the show to enjoy the sun and warm weather of Callie.  We both loved the ocean and the beach.   I was so blessed to have him in my life.  He was not only my love, and my best friend, he was also my biggest supporter of my work.  He was funny (had a very dry sense of humor), smart, caring, helpful,  and kept me grounded when I needed it.   I am writing this post for many reasons.  One being,  I know I am not alone in losing someone that is missed was very loved, and maybe taken suddenly away.  Those of you that would like to post a memory of your loved one, I would consider it an honor.   I hope to continue to create, teach, write, and design, and I know my Brad will be with me all the way.

Thank all of you  that have sent well wishes and kind words of support.  I appreciate it so much.