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I have used washable glue to create designs on a traditional printing screen and directly on fabric so I figured, hey this should work. And it does! Just a word of caution don't let the glue dry in the screen. It may not all wash out...I didn't test it. 

I still have some testing and experimenting to do on this how long can you leave the glue in before it becomes permanent. I will let you know as soon as I have time to play mad mixed media scientist. 

The circles screen I used is one of my favorites! I created it from a photo I took of rusty old bed springs. 


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Posted by on in Thermofax Screen Printing

Welcome to another edition of Thermofax Thursday!

Sometimes you need something more glamorous than glitter, something that is more luscious, more seductive, more need FOIL!

Why, yes, you can use foil on fabric as well as paper

Foil comes in the usual gold, silver and copper but it also comes in fuschia and chartruse and orange and oil slick and so many will make you swoon.

Check out my video lesson on using foil with Thermofax screens. 


Here are two great places to purchase foil on-line:

Artistic Artifacts

Laura Murray Designs

Find your favorite Thermofax Screen and start foiling!

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Welcome to Thermofax Thursdays!

In this blog series I will be showing as many techniques, tips and experiments with Thermofax Screens as I can come up with. Not every Thursday will be a Thermofax Thursday however! I am not sure I can come up with that many techniques. Hope you enjoy the series and if you have a question you want answered just ask! 

I love comments too...helps me know I am not taking to myself all the time. :-)

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Posted by on in Publication

Only 14 more weekends until Christmas! And of course before that we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and don't forget National Deviled Egg Day (Nov. 2)! So many holidays and so little time!

QAHol14 cover

Quilting Arts Holiday issue is here to save the day for those of us who love to create gifts for those we treasure. I am excited to share three different projects with you in this issue! Below is a list of all the blog hop participant. Be sure to check out their blogs and read about their will be inspired!


If you are looking for the perfect gift for your best creative buddy they will love this fabric collaged hand-bound book! It even has a zippered supply bag sewn in so they can carry their favorite pens, pencils and markers for sketching on the go. 


Want to make super cute cards that don't break the bank? These fun holiday cards are great for using up all those pesky scraps and are easy enough and so fun that you can enlist the kids for help. You can easily adapt them to any holiday by simply changing the motif.


Need a gift for the fashionista in your life? These silk painted and wood block printed scarves are sure to delight them. You can choose block designs and colors that are perfect for their discerning tastes. Not to mention they are fun to make. You can find a great selection of wood blocks at Artistic Artifacts. 

Would you like to win one of these scarves? 


Leave me a comment below telling me what you like to make for your holiday celebrations for a chance to win the scarf of your choice from the photo in the magazine!


A little extra something:

If you have seen the previous issues of Quilting Arts Gifts, you know they usually have some delicious holiday treat recipes included. With all my food allergies and the Celiac constraints, I don't have any current recipes to contribute that would have mass appeal but in honor of National Deviled Egg day I have a great hint for super yummy deviled eggs! Replace the mayonnaise in your basic deviled egg recipe with mashed avocado and top with diced cooked bacon. They will be adored by all, have healthy fats and you will be the queen of the day!


Don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs in this Holiday Hop! And before you get stitching leave a comment below!


Friday, September 12, Vivika Hansen DeNegre,

Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard,

Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson,

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin, and Kathy Kerstetter,

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller,

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa,, and Liz Kettle,

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp,

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin,

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith,

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford,


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Posted by on in About Classes and Retreats

I totally love my job! This last weekend my studio mate, Cass Mullane and I had the honor and joy of teaching an Adduce class at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. The Adduce Foundation funds a community art education enhancement program. This amazing program is offered to qualifying high school arts students. Classes are free for the students and cover a wide array of media and techniques.

Cass and I were thrilled to present the very first textiles class for the foundation. We weren't sure what to expect and we were totally blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the students. It was amazing to watch them jump into a totally new medium and start exploring with no fear or trepidation.  They each brought their unique voice and style to textiles with fantastic results. Best of all they loved it!

Part of the program is an art show in May. I can't show you their final pieces (except for the little peek in the last photo) until then but I have a few photos from the class to tide you over.





me showing one student's work with a simple comb



Cass consulting with a student



Wooden printing block and textures tell a story...Wow



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Posted by on in Art Shows


I am so excited about this comprehensive exhibit coming to the DAM. I have been hearing rumors for a few months and if you click on the Museum link you will get an idea of the scope of the exhibit. It is one not to be missed! I love this piece in the photo above. It is a woven wool Rain Cloak (charkheb) from the early 1900's. I just can't wait to see it in person. Be sure to check out all the great programs and classes that support this exhibition.

Cultures with Texture

Spun: Adventures in Textiles at the Denver Art Museum

 The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is gearing up to unveil its summer exhibition, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, on view May 19–September 22, 2013. The museum-wide exhibition blends ancient traditions and surprising innovations in textile arts. It will be home to an extensive collection of artworks that range from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in paintings and photography. From wool to recycled plastics, embroidered silk to buttons, a variety of materials and mediums will emerge in a rich and colorful spectacle.

In celebration of the DAM’s new textile galleries, its inaugural show, Cover Story, harnesses the essence of Spun. Featuring approximately 60 objects, Cover Story provides an intimate lens into the ways in which textiles have permeated human life across time and space. Exploring further, delve into other cultures through Irresistible’s intricately dyed Asian textiles and the elaborate Navajo weavings in Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870. Examine how blue jeans inspired the iconic images of the Wild West in Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype and witness the telling stories of social change through the photographs in Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander and Seydou Keïta. Or push the boundaries of textile art in Material World’s subversive social commentaries and hover between textile and technology in Transposition, among many others.

An interwoven medley, Spun is held together by a common fiber—a shared humanity in textiles. The DAM’s diverse collections explore the ways in which textiles enrich and encircle human lives, as textured and vibrant as the cultures themselves. For more information, visit

Image descritption: Rain cloak (charkheb), Bhutan, early 1900s. Woven wool. Denver Art Museum; Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department funds, by exchange.

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Posted by on in Adventures
We had a big group at the monthly ATC meet-up in Monument last weekend. This was our no theme month but so many of us made something reflecting Christmas that it became our de facto theme. As usual, the variety of trading cards was amazing. We even had a ceramic one (the yellow, blue and red one), a cross stitched one and one that turns into a Christmas ornament (the ice skates detach from their backing). I am always inspired by this group of creative women. If you are in the local area (Monument, CO) come join us!

I am happy with the way mine turned out. I wove the background (check out more weaving techniques in the Fabric Embellishing book study in the forum) with two different green fabrics  or an assortment of aqua blues from Art Gallery Fabrics-love those fabrics! My trees are simple triangles fused to the woven base with Misty Fuse and stitched with a silver metallic thread. Next, I added some 'snow' with silver foil. Finally, I stamped the word believe on a piece of twill tape and stitched that down as well.

I hope you have some time to create something during this busy holiday season. It will save your sanity you know! I am off to bead!
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Posted by on in Creative Endeavors

Not my Christmas to-do list!  Last weekend found me in Breckenridge on a girls quilt weekend and I am so excited to say I  finished some things that have been patiently waiting in the studio for me to return to them.  The piece above is titled Connections. It is a gelatin plate mono-printed fabric which has been embellished with hand stitching. I began this piece with a self-challenge to use my least favorite piece of mono-printed fabric. I love the results.


As I was stitching away on it, I found that I kept adding texture in blending colors that are difficult to see. My stitches added subtle texture rather than bold designs. I couldn't seem to change that. One really has to look closely at this piece to discover all the elements. As I continued stitching my barely noticeable stitches I kept thinking of the wonderful friendships in my life. How often the most calm and understated people are the ones you can rely on when the chips are down. The circles tell the story of friends who bring people together in big and small ways. So, my 'ugly' mono-printed fabric became a rich and meaningful piece of art for me...a piece about connections and friendships.

Tomorrow I will show you all a quilt that is about as opposite from this as you can get.

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