Category: Projects

  • Hand Dyeing My Own Fabric

    Even though there are many beautiful commercial fabrics around, I’ve fallen in love with hand dyed fabrics. For the last few years I’ve been experimenting with different techniques to add color and textures to my own fabrics. Since I don’t have a studio and I live in the city, I try to do most of […]

  • More Examples of Embellishing Fabric: Stitching and Beads

    This is a shoulder bag that I’ve made from fabric I dyed using the low immersion technique. I made a few using different colors. Not only was I playing with colors and textures that were created by the dying process, but I wanted to add additional decoration to the surface of the bags. I did […]

  • Creating Patterns on Hand Dyed Fabric

    I love the look of hand dyed fabric. After I experimented with basic low emersion techniques, I wanted to experiment with methods I could use to add patterns to the fabric I hand dyed. I started by using freezer paper as a resist because it is easy to get, it’s safe to use, and I […]

  • Experimenting with Papier Mâché and Decoupage

    This is the first paper mâché box that I made. It is constructed with newspaper and cardboard. I used Elmer’s glue to put the box together and painted over several layers of newspaper with latex paint to cover the text and pictures on the newspaper. I had never tried decoupage, so I painted the fruit […]

  • Having Fun with Paper Decorating

    I had a lot of fun the last few weeks decorating paper with the faux marbling and the resist decorating techniques. It just goes to show that you don’t have to have the most expensive art supplies to make beautiful things – watercolors, crayons, and food coloring will do. The resist techniques will appeal to […]

  • The Button Cuffs Are Finished!

    Well, we finally completed making polymer clay buttons and used them to make button cuffs. We try to give you a few designs for each project to inspire your creative ideas. I made three different cuffs. We’ll be doing video instructions on making your own polymer clay buttons as well as instructions for making the […]

  • A Sneak Peek

    Gelsey and I have been busy creating the first projects to share with you. So far we’ve created heart ornaments, felt flowers, and a pincushion cuff. We’re almost done with a blingy new headband and a button cuff bracelet. We’ll be putting the patterns that include a list of materials and tools that you will […]

  • Some New Projects

    Gelsey and I have been busy working on projects for our first videos. We’ve come up with 5 projects to start with that we think you’ll enjoy. We want to simplify some of the items that we create but retain the style and design so your creation will be something that you will love. We’re […]

  • Ricki’s Birthday Cuff

    Last week we were contacted by Anders Ruff, party planners from South Carolina who were putting together Bachelorette Emily Maynard’s daughter Ricki’s 7th birthday party. They had seen one of our felt cuffs on Etsy and asked us if we could recreate them for Ricki and her guests. We were given a very short time […]