How cool is being able to post from the home page. I love this!

Since we are still trying to get out into the desert–the weather hasn’t permitted–I will continue with info on fabric arts! I not only make jewelry, but also make masks and help with the cliff spirits. That is where I am headed (to the craft table) when I finish this blog and write my article for the paper.

All our art is created from recycled materials, or reclaimed materials, in as much as possible. With jewelry, I do have to buy certain things and I just can’t resist rocks–you know, the kind that are mined and cut and polished. Well, that’s not entirely true. They can be just any old rocks that are lying about in the desert and happen to catch my eye. I even incorporate rocks into the cliff spirits and my jewelry. I made an awesome cuff bracelet with a found rock as the focal point.

I once picked up a piece of rusty metal and made a necklace out of it. Here’s a picture.

Okay, so I haven’t figured out how to insert a picture with text. I can get it in, but I can’t add text after it. So, it’s at the end of this piece.

It’s such fun to find objects and creating something with them.  When finished, you have a story to tell. The metal is from an old mining site here in Nevada that we visited. I believe that is where we saw a rattlesnake as big as you’d ever want to see one, and a little too close for comfort. He was cold, though, and didn’t bother us.

I find my fabrics, trims and yarns in various and sundry places. Some come from my discontinued books (I have an interior design business), some come from friends and family, some come from yard sales, and some come from the local fabric store. I just love fabric and sometimes a pattern just has to come home with me. It sort of jumps into the cart as I pass by. How can I not give it a home?

Sometimes, I create a unique fabric with some of the methods I’ve described previously. There are many more ways to create unique fabrics and they can be made with objects you probably have at home or that are easily found.

I have collected stamps at yard sales with the intent of making designs on fabric. Stamps are easily procured. Or if you’re feeling really creative, you can cut a simple design on an eraser–one of those tan ones–and carve the design out so as to leave raised places on the eraser, making it a stamp.

Using acrylic paint, put a bit on a plate. Using a foam paint brush, brush some to cover the stamp surface. Now, you can press the stamp onto the fabric. Press hard and don’t rock. Do this all over the fabric until you are satisfied with the results.

Or you might try the same thing with paint sticks and a stencil. Transfer the paint from the stick to a brush and then paint over the stencil pattern. 

Just remember to let it dry thoroughly, and once dry, iron the back to set the paint. You can paint directly onto fabric, which I do with metallic paints to embellish existing prints. I usually do this after I’ve rolled them because I think you get better results this way.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas because next week I’m going to explain how to roll them. It’s pretty basic, but it does take practice and good fine motor skills.

Have a great weekend. Maybe we’ll get to go roaming in the desert after all.