Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Trivets Trivets Trivets

I have been making trivets the past couple of weeks.  The ones I make aren't the ordinary plain hot pads to use under your pots and pans.  I started making these during the end of the summer. I sun printed squares of cotton using different patterns while it was still the warm out.  Here is a tutorial on sun printing.  I heat set the paint and then started putting them together.  I cut a piece of cotton batting and a piece of Insul-Bright.  The Insul-Bright is an insulating material that is designed to reflect heat of cold back to itself.  It protects your surface or your hands from the heat of hot pots and pans. I also cut a piece of my hand dyed fabric for the backing.  I stitched all these layers together and then I added a bit of free-motion stitching to add a pretty pattern. These are perfect for the person who enjoys a product that is unique and will add beauty to their home.     
Sun Printed Fabric
Insul-Bright and batting for the inside layers.

The backings are hand dyed fabrics, here after the stitching is done. 

These are the completed trivets. 
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday for all the US people and a great weekend everyone.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mug Rugs

I sold my wares at a show last weekend so I have been making new items at a crazy busy pace.  I have two more shows coming up this holiday season., but I wanted to take the time to tell you about some of the new pieces that I have been working on.

I have been making mug rugs, which are a little larger than a standard coaster.  I have been using my hand dyed cottons for the fronts and cotton fabrics that I either purchased or that were given to me from other people's collections. 

I started out by cutting strips and rectangles of my hand dyed cottons.  I have a lot of small pieces of fabric to use in various projects, before I start dyeing more fabric.  

I love the variety that you get when you dye your own fabric.

I sewed the strips together, and layered them with the batting and backing fabric.  I stitched them right sides together, turned them the correct way out through an opening that I left.  I hand stitched the opening closed and pressed everything neatly. 

Next I researched free-motion stitching designs and used them for ideas.  I free -motion
stitched designs on each one.  They are all unique, with different sizes and patterns.

I have these for sale, but they aren't listed in my shop just yet. Please contact me to buy now.  They are $8.50 plus shipping and tax for Michigan people. 

I hope that you enjoyed seeing a bit of my new designs and have a lovely week.