At one point, when I must have had too much time on my hands, I had aspirations of learning to paint and creating art for our home. Never mind that I don’t have any natural ability to draw, but I thought, “Surely painting can’t be that hard, can it?” Well, yes, it can be that hard. Really hard, since painting requires a lot of skill in not only drawing, but also in mixing colors – another area where I have no natural skill. What I do have now is a bunch of paint, a few brushes, some how-to-paint books and a several canvases.
Amy posted about stretching fabric over a canvas in her sewing area that turned out just beautifully. So what did I do? I copied her! I got out the staple gun, some old canvases and went to town. These are quick projects.
This one won’t be hung this low permanently. Little hands could surely do some damage… This is Amy Butler’s Forest fabric that just arrived at my fabric store.
I am trying to create some unity within the living area – blue and green, fabric that matches the pillows. I really don’t know what I’m doing, but the nice thing is that if I change my mind, with some careful staple prying, this fabric can still be turned into purses!
I’ve put fabric on canvas before, but never with much success. I think because I tried sewing them together first and the seam gives it a bulkiness that the raw edges don’t. Thanks for the idea, Amy!
Now for ‘fess up time. I never tried to mislead anyone, but the blanket in the last post was NOT a quilt. It was 2 layers of fabric, patchwork and chenille, that I sewed together (right sides together) turned right side out and finished off with a decorative stitch around the edge. There was no batting and no quilting involved, but through some mysterious forces, the 2 pieces of fabric stick together quite well. This project took less than an hour. Is anyone interested in a tutorial? I’ve never done one, but this is such an easy project that I might be able to pull it off.
And finally, I think in this crafty blog world, I may have come across some of the kindest people on the planet. You guys are just all so nice! A few posts ago, I wondered if anyone had any spare yarn labels, and pack rat Cathy gave me a huge bag filled with beautiful yarn labels! She also included some of her handmade soaps. I am usually sensitive to strong perfumes and was a little nervous when I noticed the scent, but the fragrance is so delicate and sweet – and these have been in my craft room all afternoon making the room smell nice. Thank you, Cathy – you are so incredibly generous and talented – you have a beautiful product here.
I am thrilled! Thank you! Hopefully the yarn labels will make a pretty collage on one of my spare canvases. 🙂