Showing posts with label buttons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buttons. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Embellishing with Stamps and Buttons

Most of you know that every art quilt I make has embellishing on it.   My preference is 3D embellishing, but I do like using stamps and different techniques.

I bought a really cool circle stamp yesterday  ( I am also currently obsessed with circles).  
It is going to be for my current art quilt, to be used on the background, to give some variety to it.

I tried out several different ways to apply it.  Here are the results:

This one I put the stamp under the fabric and brushed Shiva Paintstik on the fabric.

I used the same method as above, but with a marker.

I used a brayer and put paint on the stamp, then stamped it onto the fabric.

I love buttons.   I use them on many of my quilts.   Okay, I use them on all my quilts.   But I wanted more from the buttons.  I didn't like that I was limited to whatever colours the buttons were and I had no say in the creation of them.   So I ordered a little button making kit.   Now I can use my own fabric to make buttons.   This is Riley Blake fabric, but I am also going to use my hand dyed fabric too.
How cool is this?

I am definitely using both on my quilt in progress.

Monday, August 17, 2009


These are some of the buttons that I ordered from etsy. While I get excited over yard sale buttons, it is nice to have some in all the same shade of a colour. I used up all the pink ones shown here already.

I have also taken the time to sort all my buttons out by colour and put them in old plastic containers that I recycled.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Whimsy Flower

This is a preview of the quilt I have been working on for a long time. I finally decided on a quilt design and love it. The binding is half on and I will have to attach my 3D design and I am using buttons and ric rac for embellishment.

It will either be so over the top that no one will like it or so well embellished it just might have a chance to get into a juried show next spring.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Yard Sale Treasures

I am trying to increase my embellishment stash, so when time and children permit, I go yardsaling. Today, I found 2 beautiful broaches for $.25 each at a yard sale. I think if I had been there earlier, I would have found some buttons. I have asked my sister in law, who lives in the big city to look for buttons, beads, men's ties, purse handles, vintage material or clothing and anything embellish looking. She is a fantastic yard saler.

There are 1001 benefits to living in a small town among other small towns, but yard saling is not one of them. On a few occasions I have been in the big cities of Ottawa and Barrie for yard sales, and it is a quilt artists dream.