Ever wonder what to make with paper pieced fabric hexies? A tote is the perfect way to share your fabric love. This reversible tote is a snap to make, just follow the photographed steps.Read More
Find out how to make these gorgeous bracelets that will preserve your summer memories.Read More
Preparing for trade shows can be overwhelming decision making process. Starting with 'What new products should we launch?', followed by 'How should we decorate the booth?', ending with 'What should we give away?'. I've worked through the new products and will share them with you next week. I'm tackling the booth decor this weekend. The past couple of days I've been playing with one-inch button making instead of working on pressing design deadlines. This is the one give away I hope will end up on attendees badge ribbons and tote bags.
After much research I decided to invest in the middle of the road button maker. I ordered an Artec off eBay for just over a hundred dollars, it came with the parts to make 500 pins. The American made Techre is the elite button maker and would be my first choice if price wasn't a consideration and I was going to produce buttons on a regular basis. There's a very inexpensive hand held Badge a Minit product that I was forewarned would be too time consuming for large quantities. I unboxed my new toy on Monday. It arrived without any instructions. Fortunately I found a utube video that helped clarify how to assemble the machine and make the buttons.
Making a button is simple. First you cut out the paper circles. I didn't bother with the included circle cutter. I reached for a trusty old Marvy 1" paper punch. I sharpened it by punching out a few circles of folded aluminum foil.
I'm lucky to be surrounded by talented graphic designers. Maria Gonzalez put together a wonderful sheet of 1" circles for me. The images are from my 'Forest Frolics' fabric line and our new Whimsy Kits. I'm thrilled with how well the images held up in miniature.
The button maker has two sliding cylinders on the base. Fit a metal shell, right side up into the left cylinder. Top it with a paper circle and cover it with the included Mylar circle.
Slide the loaded cylinder under the center handle and pull down. The parts will be suctioned up into the handle base.
Fit a button back/pin right side down into the cylinder on the right.
Slide this cylinder under the handle and pull down again.
Presto, the covered shell is attached to the pin back.
I've had a couple duds where the shell hasn't attached to the pin back. Be careful to insert just a single layer of Mylar, it won't work if two layers are stuck together. It also doesn't work if the pin back is loaded pin side up!
The Fox design from my fabric is my favorite of the bunch. The Techre model uses a metal collet to clamp the Mylar edges and the bent wire pin back needs to be inserted by hand into the shell back. I have piles to make and am grateful to skip these extra steps. The buttons are piling up in my bowl, just a few more hundred to go!
If you're coming to Quilt Market or TNNA please stop by our booth and button up!
I love color and Stephanie Sersich art beads offer up gorgeous glass color pairings. Wearing her earrings is a guaranteed conversation starter. For the last couple of years I've ordered a pair from her website for my birthday. This year I ordered just the beads from her Etsy shop and enjoyed making them myself.
Although I spend a lot of time creating with fiber, I still love beading. My bead collection is the happy result of years of jewelry book design.
I keep my stash sorted by color. I found fishing tackle boxes work best, they offer lots of compartments and clasp shut.
I was planning on pairing Stephanie's blue bird beads with glass beads but the flower shapes of the vintage plastic beads worked best.
I test strung the beads on a long head pin. Slip a small seed bead first, it will prevent the larger holed beads from falling off.
Play with the arrangement until you find the right balance of colors and shapes. I rediscovered glass mushroom beads in my stash and turned them into a pair of earrings too.
Use round nose pliers to shape the end of the headpin into a loop above the last bead.
Clamp the loop with the bent nose pliers while you grab the short wire end with the round nose pliers. Wrap the end tightly around the base of the loop. Trim the wire end with the wire cutters. Repeat the process with second earring dangle. Link the finished dangle to the loop end of the earring wires, then hang a little sunshine from your ears.
Share the gift of creativity. Download my Paint Sheet and tuck it into a acrylic gift set.Read More
Follow the steps to make these surprising Easter Eggs. Miniatures are set into real egg shells with melted wax.Read More
If you love gnomes and woodland sewing projects please check out my newest book Stitched Whimsy. In honor of National Craft Month I'm giving away two of my new Whimsy Stitching Kits. They include everything you need to make your very own stitched felt creation.Read More
I still have so many projects to share with you from my summer workshop series, but I'm skipping this gem to the top of the line up. Our young adult librarian had suggested making Thai String Dolls, and after a little research I realized that it could be an accessible and popular project. I had a blast making these dolls with a half dozen great teens.Read More
Teens will always keep you guessing... I knew this mirror project was going to be a hit with my DIY Friday library group. What I didn't realize is how much teens love collage and working with Modge Podge. It was the best project yet, everyone was relaxed, creatively engaged and in the end tremendously proud of their mirrors.Read More
I'll admit it, my job is the best. I play with art materials all the time for publication and then I get to take a break and share creative fun with kids in our community. This week our One World, Many Stories theme inspired my Bali Shadow puppet workshop. This ancient art has been practiced for centuries, as a way to honor religious beliefs and share folklore stories.Read More