Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sneaky Peek - New Stitchery Patterns - Coming Soon



Today I've been playing with coloured pencils in the studio. These ones are watercolour pencils, just colour in first, then with a little paintbrush dipped in water (with a little fabric medium mixed in), they magically turn into paint - lots of fun.

Here is a peek at what I am working on at the moment.
This new stitchery - a downloadable PDF pattern, will be available in my Etsy shop soon.

Now to get out all of my embroidery cottons and start stitching!
Have a wonderful day!
Cheerio,
Sandi xXx
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11 comments:

margaret said...

these are very nice designs, I have used the pencils before but not on fabric, see you user fabric medium mixed with the water, will have to have a play but think using pencils on fabric will be tricky, do you use a hoop?

Lynne said...

Lovely designs. I didn't know you could use coloured pencils in that way. It's a lovely effect. Is fabric medium something like modge podge?

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Looks lovely Sandi...Happy Stitching!

Jo in TAS said...

Halpful hint: You can iron freezer paper on the back or put the fabric on some wet/dry sandpaper to hold it in place while you color in. Love the stitchery Sandi!

Sandi said...


Thanks Lynne,
Fabric medium, usually found near the acrylic paints in a good art/craft store. (one brand is Jo Sonja) It is added to paints to help the colour adhere to the fabric and not wash out when cleaned. You add it to the water when using the watercolour pencils. You don’t need fabric medium if you aren’t going to wash the project.
Mod podge (which I have in my craft cupboard) is mainly a glue/sealer type of thing. I’ve used it to stick and seal fabric onto wood or even a canvas. Then sealed with more mod podge.

I think coloured pencils are easier to use than paints, and this is a fun way of colouring stitcheries.

Sandi said...

Thanks, Margaret,
Try out your colouring on good old calico, it’s great to work with. Colour straight onto the fabric (don’t put it into a hoop just yet), as Jo suggests you can iron on some freezer paper on the back to keep the fabric from moving about. (I must try that).
Pencils: I use Derwent Inktense pencils – I just have the pack of 12. The colours are quite startling when you add the water (indeed ‘Inktense’). I also have a set of Faber-Castell watercolour pencils (leftover from my son’s schooling days....) these are good too. I prefer the Derwent Inktense if I was going to buy any watercolour pencils.
When sewing, I use a Klip-fast frame to hold my work. Sadly, they are no longer being produced, but there is another company making them now and their frame is called - ‘Q Snap’. Made of pvc tubing, this rectacular frame can be dismantled easily for storage or travelling. You just lay your fabric over the top of the frame and clip on the sides – it holds it all snugly and there is no puckering.
Have fun colouring!
Sandi xXx

Cheryll said...

What a gorgeous design! Love it! :)

Karen said...

Love seeing all of your creative ideas turning into projects. Wonderful!

Michalina said...

Lovely,creative blog :) Congrats ;)
I'm just a newbie :D
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shez said...

gorgeous work Sandi.xx

Sew Useful Designs said...

Ooh, can't wait to see them all stitched up! They look fabulous! :-) Vikki