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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.

Creative Update! New Magazine Articles

Custom Designed Collage Fabric

Custom Designed Collage Fabric, page 74

 

So much has been happening behind the scenes here in my studio.  Traveling, writing, and preparing for TV segments, and a major studio makeover,  are just some of the things I have been working on.  I have been also working this summer on a very special project that makes me so happy I could burst.  Right now I cannot talk about it, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as I can!  I am so happy to have my work featured in four magazines this Fall!  In the October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine, I demonstrate my technique for creating painted collage on fabric.  It is one of my favorite ways to create my own fabric designs incorporating my stencils.  Please be sure to check out Art from the Heart, The Breast Pocket Project.  Vivika Hansen DeNegre interviews Melanie Testa about raising awareness and her  artistic outlet after  breast cancer.     

Mixed media zipper bag

Mixed media zipper bag

In the Holiday issue of Quilting Arts Handmade gifts and Home Decor, I have a mixed needle-felting project.  The project combines my favorites, paper and fabric!  It is a zipper bag that would make a very unique present.  I have always been afraid of zippers, but I can attest that with very little practice  they are very easy to apply.

Mixed-Media Layering, page 78

Mixed-Media Layering, page 78

 

In the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, my technique for mixed-media layering is featured.  I love Halloween and think the cover is so cute!  This project is a favorite of mine because it demonstrates how you can add embroidery stitches and cords to your fiber art pieces.  And of course it also has paper incorporated into the design!

 

Artful Stains, page 11

Artful Stains, page 11

Last winter, I was preparing examples for my stencil debut at CHA.  This stencil model in Apprentice showed my love of circles.  This stencil  in particular was inspired by my coffee cup stains, inevitably left daily  on my work space covering.

Quilting Arts TV

7-3-14 clear set QA

Back in March I traveled to Cleveland Ohio to tape three episodes of Quilting Arts TV.  It was a whirlwind and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Everyone from  Quilting Arts TV and Kathie Stull’s studio were so kind and helpful, making us all feel at home.  This season has a new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Susan is such a natural and did a spectacular job!  My episodes for this season are 1406 and 1408.  I also taped one for the 1500 season.  Episode 1406 is titled Designing Women, where I demonstrate my techniques for designing my own fabrics using paint.  Episode 1408 is titled “Felt It!”, where I demonstrate my mixed media needle-felting technique. It was a great experience!  Below are some of my photos from my day of taping.  Don’t you just love the colors on the set!.

The season is airing now, and I hope you will check your local PBS listings for times in your area.

7-3-14 Fabric Painting patchwork 7-3-14 Needlefelting with susan wallet 7-3-14 Patchwork -kathie 7-3-14 QA taping rit needlefelting

And The Winner Is!

I would like to thank everyone that posted comments on how they use their stencils.  It was so fun reading all the different ways they use them.  Also a BIG thank you to the  awesome designers (listed below) and their beautiful projects.  I have been inspired to try new techniques!

Without further delay the random winner of my first blog hop is Judy M!  Judy if you could please send me your address, your new stencils will be on the way.

Madeline Arendt

Ann Butler

Cheryl Boglioli

Vicki O’Dell

Lisa Fulmer

Beth Watson

Tammy Tutterow

Eileen Hull

Denise Clasen

Stenciled Coffee Filter Art

Rebekah here.  I want to share my coffee filter art with you!  Check out the steps below to create filter art that can be stand alone or used (as I have done) to collage onto another piece of artwork.  Simple, fun, and easy  that is how I like to create!  I used stencils Love Post 6″ and Coffee Splotch 6″ from my new line with The Crafter’s Workshop.  Stay tuned as I will be posting more techniques and projects soon.

 

Stenciled Filters

Stenciled Filters

 

Journal with coffee filter art

Journal with coffee filter art

Apply found paper with matte medium onto filter

Apply found paper with matte medium onto filter

 

Sponge white acrylic onto filter

Sponge white acrylic onto filter

Sponge random  color onto filter

Sponge random color onto filter

Stencil white acrylic with Love Post stencil

Stencil white acrylic with Love Post 6″ stencil

Stenciled design

Stenciled design

Apply tissue tape

Apply tissue tape

Stencil blue acrylic through Coffee Stain stencil

Stencil blue acrylic through 6″ Coffee Splotch stencil

Finished filter

Finished filter

 

Reverse Stenciled Technique, Blog Hop, And Giveaway!

Canvas pillow

Canvas pillow

I am so excited to be hosting my first blog hop using my stencils designs from The Crafter’s Workshop.  Most of my stencils are collage in style.  Collage being my favorite medium, whether in paper, fabric or both combined.  My other stencils are inspired by circles and Mandala (I love the art form) designs.  Mandala’s for those not wanting to draw their own.

I sent four 6″ mandala inspired  stencils to nine of my creative friends.  Be sure and visit each of their sites, I can assure you each designer’s creation will be awesome, unique, and varied in their mediums.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

I had a hard time deciding what I wanted my project to be.  Sometimes thats the way it is, when you can create anything you want!  Deciding upon a reverse stenciling technique, I went with demonstrating  how a stencil can be used to create a print.  Bypassing our dreary spring, summer has been on my mind.  Thinking how nice and warm, sunny weather will be.  I chose a canvas pillow that can be used both inside or outside.

What do you create with stencils?  Answer the question by leaving a comment below, and one lucky person will win my four new stencils, used for the blog hop!  Enjoy the techniques and projects created  all week by the talented designers in the hop. The random winner will be announced Saturday April 19, 2014.

 

Materials:

The Crafter’s Workshop stencils by Rebekah Meier: Mini Byzantine, Mini Rosetta, Mini Ring Doily, Mini Stained Glass

Canvas fabric, 2- 15 1/2 squares Brayer ColorBox® Blends by Eileen Hull: Sunshine, Flagstone, Nutmeg Firm work surface (I use an acrylic sheet) Baby wipes Sewing machine and thread to match canvas Scissors Rotary cutter and mat (optional)

Iron

Deli sheets or parchment paper

Instructions:

1.  Place canvas fabric square onto protected work surface.

2.  Place stencil onto acrylic sheet or other protected work surface.  Apply Colorbox® ink onto stencil with sponge applicator.

3.  Flip inked stencil over and press onto canvas square.  Place deli paper onto stencil and use brayer to roll across, printing design onto fabric.

4.  Lift deli paper to reveal design.

5.  Repeat steps 2-4 using each stencil and different colors of ink.  Fill each canvas fabric square with reverse stenciled designs.  Let dry.

6.  Press each fabric square with dry iron.

7.  Place fabric right sides facing.  Pin to secure.  Machine stitch 1/4″ from raw edge.  Leave a 3″ opening to turn right side out.  Clip corners 1/8″ from stitching, and turn right side.  Stuff pillow firmly with fiberfill.

Ink, stencils, canvas, prayer

Ink, stencils, canvas, prayer

Ink stencil

Ink stencil

 

Reveal print

Reveal print

 

Repeat with other colors of ink

Repeat with other colors of ink

Check out more designs from these talented designers

Madeline Arendt

Ann Butler

Cheryl Boglioli

Vicki O’Dell

Lisa Fulmer

Beth Watson

Tammy Tutterow

Eileen Hull


Stencil Art

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I am so happy to again share my new stencil designs with you.  Each stencil is available in both 6″ and 12″ sizes.  Many of you have asked where my stencils can be purchased.  You can click on each stencil design below to view them.  I plan on posting some new ideas and projects soon, so please come back for a visit!

You can also check your local mixed media and scrapbook stores, many of which are now carrying my stencils.  Check out the AWESOME Jen Zdanis Starr‘s blog for her Spring teaching schedule.  She will be using The Crafter’s Workshop stencils (including mine!) in her classes.

I am starting a gallery of artwork using my stencils.  If you already have them, and  used them in a project, I would love to see your artwork!  Just send me a note.

         Byzantine

Byzantine 6″

      Stained Glass

Stained Glass 6″

         Rosette

Rosette 6″

         Ring Doily

Ring Doily 6″

   Harlequin Circles

Harlequin Circles 6″

            Gothic

Gothic 6″

       Love Post

Love Post 6″

        Specimen

Specimen 6″

       sketch-grid

sketch-grid 6″

      Coffee Splotch 12"

Coffee Splotch 6″

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