Overdye

How to overdye

What is overdyeing?

Literally, to dye or paint color over another dye or printed pattern. Many artists like to alter commercial and vintage textiles by overdyeing: a perfect technique for a unique fabric collage.

See also: space dyeing, tea staining


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  • When we moved to our new (old) house, one of the things I was most excited about was having the room to put up a "mom tree" for Christmas. You know, the kind of stylized tree that has a theme and the ornaments are placed just so, rather than the higgledy-piggledy the family tree.
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors PAGES is a special publication created especially for art journalers and book artists looking for new techniques and inspiring ideas. This 148-page first special issue features projects and galleries in general bookmaking, book covers, book binding, inside page decoration, and art
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  • Mix paint with fabric, thread, and ephemera and what do you get? Mixed-media quilted paintings, or "quaintings" as artist Cynthia Frenette likes to call them.
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  • Over a year ago I asked readers to help me decide where I should located my studio: in the attic room my husband had painted and organized with shelves for me, but that was overheated in the summer and freezing in the winter, or the "tea room" on the first floor, the would-be parlour that had
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  • Talented fiber artist Susan Brubaker Knapp is one of the nicest people I know. But she always gets a little witchy around Halloween, casting a spell with paint, fabric, and stitch to conjure up quilted masterpieces featuring pumpkins and the occasional black cat.
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  • Paper is one of the most versatile fibers in the mixed-media artist's repertoire. There are so many possibilities for paper art, it's no wonder we save every scrap we get our hands on!
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  • Next week we will be into November, with the holidays fast approaching! I don't know about you, but every year I plan to make a certain number of gifts for family and friends and end up making a fraction of what I planned. AND I usually make these
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  • Fabulous fabric designer Anna Maria Horner and I have never been in the same room together, but I have known her for years. We were first introduced about five years ago when mixed-media artist and author Cheryl Prater sent me a link to Anna's blog with the notation: "She's Greek."
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  • At a conference last year where bloggers of all artistic persuasions gathered, I was amazed to see the knitters, crocheters, and beaders all whip out their supplies as the presentation began.
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  • A few weeks ago my husband and I paused in the middle of knocking out a wall in our kitchen to discuss our wedding anniversary (which is today). As we pondered how to celebrate, Nick asked, "Is there a 'traditional gift' for 22 years?"
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  • Blue skies, blue lagoons, blue jeans . . . for me, there's nothing like blue. Four rooms in my home are painted different shades of blue, from a moody "Muscari" to a soothing "Misty Morn." But oh — indigo!
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  • I usually put fruit in my oatmeal, but lately I've been thinking about adding dye. You see, I have been learning about "kitchen resists," pastes made from products right from your pantry shelf, like flour oatmeal, baby cereal, mashed potato flakes, and corn syrup. You use them to block
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  • I've been having so much fun experimenting with printing and stamping fabric, and I have accumulated a lot of pieces with cool designs. Now, what to do with them?
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  • I have a confession to make. I have worked for Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine for more than seven years and only made my first quilt a month ago.
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  • When did you first learn how to make a collage ? Was it in elementary school where you cut pictures out of magazines to concoct a self-portrait? Was it an Earth Day exercise to see how you could repurpose trash into a piece of art? Or maybe a watercolor class where you added dimension with papers or
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  • How many of us are so fearless in our art that we are willing to go beyond what a medium can do to seeing what it might do? To chuck everything we've been taught about the "right way" and put faith in our own way? To be like the archeologist who must disturb or even destroy the setting
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  • I love to use fabric and stitch in my mixed-media art, but I don't have the time (or desire) to create big quilts or complicated clothing. Easy sewing projects that include elements like raw-edge appliqué, painted surface design, heat transfer images, some hand stitchery, found objects-and
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  • Since taking over the bloggership of Cloth Paper Scissors Today six months ago, I've had to challenge myself. Challenge myself to make art with materials or techniques I never thought I would try. And to put my "art" out there for all of you to see. And judge.
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  • I've talked about my husband's drawing skills in this space, but I've neglected to mention that he also paints. The reason is, he paints walls and trim, not canvases. But his painting is relevant to a mixed-media blog because at the end of the day, both his paint job and his clothes are works
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  • Handmade books are more popular than ever, as artists create small, personal books using fabric, recyclables, found objects, photos, and collage and mixed-media techniques. From page construction to book binding, we've assembled some of our favorite techniques and ideas on book arts in this free
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  • I contend that anyone who has even a passing interest in fabric has a little softie deep inside them, waiting for the right opportunity to come out. For me, it came in the form of the Fancy Scrap Crows Kelli Nina Perkins made for Cloth Paper Scissors back in 2007. I had never had the slightest interest
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  • A couple of months ago I posted tips on how to photograph your pet , based on advice by fabric artist Faith Cleary who works from photos of animals.
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  • What comes to mind when you hear the word "fabric"? I don't think it's what these two artists have created! I am here to encourage you to check out these "fabrics" and make some special "fabric" of your own. Both
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  • What's involved in making collage art? Paper, paint, fabric, stitch, found objects, ephemera — just about anything you can think of.
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  • I'm pretty sure you can divide most creative people into two groups: the ones who start their projects well in advance of a deadline and the ones who work up to the last minute. You've probably already guessed that I am of the last-minute variety. I have been known to actually start making a
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  • A few years ago I was cleaning the bathtub in my favorite, chocolate brown t-shirt. I stood up to clean the mirror and that's when I noticed a dappled pattern across the front of the shirt, caused by the bleach in the cleaner I was using. The first thing that came to mind was, "Cool!"
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  • Have you seen the latest and greatest electronic magazines or eMags? Interweave/Cloth Paper Scissors anxiously awaited the release of the first iPad over a year ago. We couldn’t wait to see what the capabilities were going to be for the new digital
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  • I was sitting at the dining room table the other night mapping out our summer plans on the calendar, actually color coding them to keep track of the comings and goings of four people separately and collectively (e.g. if it's pink, it must be Meredith's camp week).
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  • Where do you find inspiration? Personally, I love the fluid lines of Victorian furniture and textile designs. And I'm also strongly attracted to the juicy fruits and flowers motifs and color of the 1930s and '40s.
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  • I had just dropped my daughter off at her riding lesson Saturday when I saw a sign that said "Barn Sale." Somehow, my car spontaneously turned in the direction the sign was pointing, down the lane to the rustic red barn and the treasures within.
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  • I have been trying to follow some of my advice lately and ridding my studio of some of the art and craft supplies I no longer use. Make that never used. Country-style ribbon and checkerboard stencils, I'm talking to you. You, too, mauve and Williamsburg blue paints.
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  • Whether you're working on a journal page or a piece of textile art, sometimes you just have to add some text. But that idea is sometimes met with trepidation. For those of you who are not comfortable writing directly onto a piece of art because you
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  • The votes are in! Nearly eighty avid fans entered the 2011 Fiberarts Readers' Choice Studio Contest , sharing images of — and reflections about — their special creative spaces from reclaimed closets to sprawling lofts. We were thrilled
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  • There's nothing so full of potential as a pristine white canvas. And nothing quite so intimidating. There are so many possibilities it can freeze you right in your tracks. That's why art journaling aficionados often recommend filling the blank page with paint, paper collage, or even scribbles
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  • Have you noticed I love my dog? Senghe is such a sweet boy and a real cutie. I love showing off his picture here and was also thrilled to have him included in 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts . But anyone who knows Senghe also knows that he is a real people person and isn't one to just sit there obediently
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  • If you want more texture in your artwork, one of the quickest and most satisfying ways is to incorporate handmade felt. Felting is among the oldest of textile techniques, a product of a magical combination of raw materials and simple manipulation with friction or needles. Wet felting and hand needle
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  • Want to see your artwork in a totally different way? Try altering it with a different technique or medium. That's what I did with my husband's art last week. Close readers of this blog may recall I mentioned his photo-quality drawings in my post about drawing with Jane LaFazio.
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  • After such a hard winter, I (and most everyone else I know who lives north of Mexico), was really looking forward to spring. Now, 21 days into a very rainy April, I just keep repeating to myself: "April showers bring May flowers." At my house
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  • Marci's first balanced brocade loom weaving Linger (2007; 26" x 16" ) with detail right. I w as so inspired by the Weaving Innovations theme of the Spring 2011 issue of Fiberarts, I thought it would be fun to share my very first weaving
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  • L ast week I talked about substituting gluing for sewing, and asked what you thought of it. To reward you for your enthusiasm, today I'm going to give you a project that is fun, useful, easy, and has a contemporary patchwork look that is accomplished with glue.
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  • Kelli Nina Perkins is a multitalented artist. Whether she's making something utilitarian like a bookmark or one of her fun whimsical pieces, like her scrappy crows, Kelli's artwork will catch your eye. It's colorful and bold...and fun. Kelli
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  • It's spring, time for nesting. Coincidentally, our staff has just moved into a new office space. We have a bit more elbow room here and, being a creative bunch, we all immediately began feathering our little corner of the nest right along with the robins outside out windows.
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  • My sewing machine and I are like Carrie and Mr. Big from "Sex and the City," with me playing Carrie. Every time a project seems to humming along and I think we have a chance at a satisfying relationship, something goes wrong.
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  • When I think of mixed-media fiber artist Jamie Fingal, several images come to mind. 1. Whimsical houses , because they are a favorite quilt motif of hers (and mine). 2. Funky black eyeglass frames , part of her personal signature style.
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  • Last month at a photo shoot for our upcoming special issue 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts my dog, Senghe, was asked to appear in some shots featuring pet beds and a place mat. As Senghe's best tricks are sleeping, eating, and being cute, he was perfect for the gig.
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  • When I was a girl, every summer my parents and packed up the car, threw me in the back with some snacks, a pillow, and a few magazines, and we hit the road east, driving 12 hours from Michigan to Massachusetts. There, just a block from the Atlantic, my grandmother, uncle, and two maiden aunts were there
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  • When I heard that Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper took the Innovations prize at CHA last month, it didn't surprise me. Image transfers have been popular among mixed-media and collage artists ever since I can remember, and from what I understand, this product makes them easier than ever
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  • Hey folks, don't you all just love a giveaway? And the responses were terrific, too. Looks like there will be a lot of creating going on in your studios AND in your gardens this spring. I'll get to the winners in a moment. . . ...but as you are
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  • The Spring 2011 issue of Fiberarts is on its way to subscribers and newsstands now. This issue explores the exciting theme of Weaving Innovations, with a special focus on sculptural objects created with handspun yarn. The brilliant cover image features
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  • I just recently started using those $1 DVD rental machines and I am hooked. I haven't been so caught up on my movie watching in a long time. I was particularly charmed by "How to Train Your Dragon," in which the protagonist is a sensitive type who draws--a problem for his strapping Viking
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  • You don't have to be a star, baby, to be in our show. In other words, you don't have to be a household name to submit an article idea for publication or a concept for one of our video productions. We're looking for fresh, current ideas and new twists on old ones, whether you're an established
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  • My friends, I must reveal something to you. When I was 16 I used to sit home on Saturday afternoons waiting for my favorite show to begin: "Erica" on PBS. This show featured Britain's queen of needlework, Erica Wilson, demonstrating crewel and needlepoint stitches.
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  • I'm pleased, and honored, to say that I have been with Cloth Paper Scissors since its very first issue. But the learning curve when I began was steep. As a collector of vintage fabrics and a lover of all things paper, I wasn't completely unfamiliar with the realm of collage and mixed media. And
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  • Sara Hansen Assistant Editor, Fiberarts Happy winter! As the new assistant editor for Fiberarts, it’s my pleasure to share highlights from our current and upcoming issues and news from the world of fiber. One of my favorite articles in the Fiberarts
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  • Join the Mixed-Media Meet Up! with Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason. Who: Mixed-media Junkies (and enthusiasts) What: Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed-Media Meet Up! When: Saturday, January 29th, 2:30pm Where: On the floor of the CHA Winter Show Booth
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  • Marci Rae McDade is the editor of Fiberarts. Welcome to the new Fiberarts Focus blog! In print for over thirty-five years, Fiberarts is the world's leading textile arts publication, covering the best and most interesting work in basketry, knitting
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  •       I’ve been looking forward to sharing this very cool idea for keeping track of your creative mixed-media experiments that I discovered in the 10th Anniversary Issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I’m always looking for new and inventive
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  • The January February 2011 issue has been on the newsstandsfor a while now...the first issue of the new year! I love it and hope you do, too. What better way to spend a cold winter's day than with Cloth Paper Scissors ? Check out the "Mini Book"
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  • Meet the incredibly colorful Adnan Charara. Experiment with polymer clay book covers. Learn how to mix papermaking with encaustics, and how to make fabric mail art. Create a folder Journal. Take a flip through our reader challenge "mini books." Jump into your own artist collaboration. Look
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  • What do you get when you have the opportunity to witness artists in their natural habitat? The secrets to their art! This is what I discovered today while watching the intro chapters to three of our Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVDs. All three artists
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  • I've been adjusting to my new Boston/Boulder shuffle as I adjust to a two-home, 1/2 time living situation, and was very eager to see my Stow peeps this past week. Imagine my glee when I entered the office and I wasn't only greeted by smiling colleagues
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  • I nternational Quilt Festival/Houston, here we come! Save the date: November 4 ­­– 7, 2010 It’s that time again! Quilts Inc. and the publishers of Cloth Paper Scissors ® magazine are proud to bring you Make It University!™ with Cloth Paper Scissors®
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  • What a fun weekend. Half the time I was checking in with and adding to the Virtual Studios Tour . Thank you to everyone who opened their studio or visited them! The rest of the time I was visiting my daughter at college for Family Weekend. While attending
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  • I love design boards. Plain and simple. I just don’t have the room for one. I know, sad. This does not stop me from saving little bits and scraps, and mini art-in-progress pieces, though. But where to store them all? This vintage-style receipt holder
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  • It’s fall, which means that it’s back-to-school time. What a better way to start the school year than with a collection of Cloth Paper Scissor’s Workshops! If you’re in a rut from the summer days and are looking for a little structure
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  • What does an artist fear most? Well, I can’t speak for everyone but for myself it’s the blank page partnered with the lack of idea. (Add on a deadline and I’m FROZEN!) What do I do? I look for a prompt or a creative challenge. It’s
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  • Artistically, I’m not in what you’d call a rut. If I had the time to sit in my studio and make art, I would—make art that is. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking for a new direction. I am constantly battling the fine line between having a recognizable
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  • I am beyond thrilled to bring you a guest edit today from my dear friend (and fellow co-author), Linda Blinn. Linda has more energy and ideas than a gaggle of college freshmen and you are definitely in for a treat. When Linda heard that we were hosting
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  •   One of my favorite tools to use in my studio is my funny bone. I am almost always trying to incorporate humor into my art. Mostly I do it for my husband’s benefit. The poor guy has to look at a lot of art and come up with new and interesting comments
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  •     Calling all lovers of found objects! I love to embrace the found object. My little girls know this so well they are always bringing me things on their walk home from school. What I haven’t focused on lately, in my art, is using found objects
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  • If you’re like me, every holiday season I say, “Next year I am not waiting until December to start making gifts; next year I’ll be better prepared.” Well, here’s your chance to get a head start on your holiday gifts! Though
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  • Meet Ann Wood and her whimiscal creatures. Learn easy faux silkscreaning and try our paper and plaster pumpkins. Experiment with Steampunk style earrings and play with texture and layers. Create a painted fedora with the Crafty Chica and celebrate the Day of the Dead with Michael deMeng. Take a look
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  • The Artisan Search 2011 continues… Looking to find new and exciting art and artists, Cloth Paper Scissors has challenged artists to send us their best art in one of five categories: Mixed-media Stitch , Art Journal and Book Making , Printmaking
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  •   The dog days of summer... sigh. Though that may have a negative connotation for some, to me it means longer days and more time to accomplish some creative projects that were put on hold earlier in the year. But how do you fit it in with all of
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  • The summer calendar is filling up fast! And one not-to-be-missed event is the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, July 23-25 (Preview Night July 22). Yes, it is a quilt show, but mixed-media artists would be totally remiss to overlook
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  • Learn how to make mixed-media pendants with musling. Read about Susan Lenart Kazmer's love of found objects and jewlery. Discover new ideas for Guerrilla Art. Travel to Paris with the Oiseaux sisters. Get the basics on metal embossing. See the results of our "Pendant Swap" Reader Challenge
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  • An Editor’s Learning Curve The best thing about working for Interweave is the exposure to all different art processes and media. The worst thing is that I am sometimes so focused on helping to curate the most amazing issue for you readers that I
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  • Mixing Metal Into Your Art Every time I sit down in my studio to create art, I stop and think. What do I want to make today? What ideas have been floating around my head and want to be explored today? Sometimes I know exactly where I’m going, even
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  • CREATE with the Best August 25th-29th, 2011 Rosemont, Illinois Wow! Have you seen the instructor line up for Create? Did you get a look at the workshop schedule ? You can learn everything from no-stitch ATCs with Belinda Spiwak to monoprinting with Jeanne
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  • I'm so excited to finally announce that registration is open ! I know you've all been waiting patiently to see what we had in store for our first-ever CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors art retreat. The website has all the information you need to
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  • With Mother's Day right around the corner, I was looking for some inspiration for gift making. I recently watched Beryl Taylor's Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVD, "Layer by Layer ," and came away with a lot of great ideas. Beryl has a way of making the simplest objects beautiful with
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  • I'm always on the look out for more inspiration especially when I'm ready to embark on a new series or when I'm immobilized by the possibilities (which happens a lot). I've recently fallen in love with watching Quilting Arts Television for new ideas, tips and tricks to try in my mixed
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  • Mixed-media collages; A mini quilt collage; The importance of clouds; Combining paper & quilted surfaces; Easy, colorful fabric books; Creating with digital prints on Lutradur and lace paper; Delicious cupcake assemblages; Recycled fabric treasures; A creative exercise in machine needle felting;
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  • Designing Fabric; Sketches on fabric; Mixed-Media approach to quilting; dyeing technique; Sub Urban Art - selective Rusting; Edges; Monoprinting with texture plates; Journal quilts; Spontaneous explorations in color; Re-create your sketchbook images on cloth; Edges; Goddess at the last minute with Robbi
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  • Mixed-media fabric collage; Use photographs to create original fabric paintings; Vintage Spoon Books; create colorful keepsakes; fiberart for a cause; collage & paint some comfy chairs; The anti-boredom solution for kids; constructing your dream house; Mixed-media "Tea Party" Challenge;
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  • Cloth Paper Scissors brings you a special issue dedicated to creating beautiful and functional spaces for knitting, crocheting, fiber art, collage, mixed-media art, quilting, beading, and jewelry making.
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  • Extreme Studio Makeover ; Working with a Professional Organizer ; Top 10 Excuses for Spending Time in Your Studio; Super Storage Tips from Readers; Budget Storage Solutions; Paws & Effect, Pets in the studio; and a glimpse inside some of your favorite artists' creative spaces and much more..
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