Project from Sharing Stitches: Amazing Artist's Apron + Giveaway

Project from Sharing Stitches: Amazing Artist's Apron + Giveaway


In two previous posts—one for the Market Bag and the other for the iPad Sleeve—I shared with you some techniques I love to use for painting layers on canvas and then using the canvas to sew projects with. Well this time, I wanted to kick it up one notch by adding some hand stitching to my painted fabric. I chose the Amazing Artist’s Apron from the book, Sharing Stitches by Chrissie Grace. Liz Lamoreux—one of 15 contributing artists in Chrissie’s book—designed this project.

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I was already of fan of Liz’s aprons, so I was excited that she shared how to make one in this book! The yummy palette I was inspired to draw from for my apron—How To—comes from lover Phoenixfire. So, with my palette in mind, I headed to Michael’s for paint and embroidery floss and found it easy to find all of the colors in both instances. Having the ColorSchemer app on my phone made this super handy, as I could just pull up the palette and have it in my hand as I visually scanned the products.

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I started by painting plain pieces of light-weight cotton (I only used a small amount of duck canvas this time) with the five basic colors, then had fun layering them with spatters, drips and, of course, lots of stencils. After my fabrics were dry, I cut all the pieces I would need, according to the directions in the book. The focal point of this apron is the pocket, which is a mini quilt of sorts, made up of strips and squares of the various painted fabrics. The pocket is lined and divided into four sections—making it like four different pockets—but before I sewed the patchwork pocket to its lining, I went to town having fun with hand-stitched doodles (or embroidery if you prefer).

One of my favorite books for embroidery inspiration is Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray. So before I started stitching, I flipped through the book to get my wheels turning. Everything I did was pretty basic and freeform. I used stem stitch, cross stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch, French knots and, a new one for me, threaded running stitch. I really never went at this by thinking too hard about it. I just looked at the lines and patterns made by the paint and “doodled” on top as it struck me—much like you’d do doodling while on the phone. The lines and shapes on the fabric you paint can therefore act as a type of accidental pattern. Fun, right?

Apron Giveaway Extended!

The Apron Giveaway is extended through Saturday, October 15th, 2011 - will close at midnight (12am) PDT. See instructions to enter, below...

If you love this palette as much as I do and you’d like to try and win this apron so you can see it in person and look cute wearing it out and about town, leave a comment here by the end of the day on October 12, expressing something you found inspiring over at CreateMixedMedia.com and you’ll be counted in for the random drawing.


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Wow! Thanks so much for posting this. I can't wait to explore this more. I may never go back to my day job!!
Needs more skulls... and flames... lots of flames. ;]

I hope someone tells Phoenix she's even more famomous now.
LoVe this! I love to make pretty designs on quilts and stuff. great color combo!
The Bird's Nest Charm tutorial from createmixedmedia is so cute! Charm bracelets are so feminine and fun. . .I think I'm going to go put one on to wear today!
WHAT! O-M-GEE!!
haha

Tonia Davenport thanks for sharing your creations and yes I am flattered (sis caori) for the inspiration that my palette has offered. I am tickled "PINK" that this was usefull in such a way as this. Your creations turned out beautifully. The "How To" title is so appropriate for your article. I love it when things come together like this, naturally. :D "How To" was my own teaching device, "how to" use red and blue together without it looking like a comic book or coming across as a "red" and "blue" palette. And there was a soft quality in between with that earthy purple.

Tonia utilized the colors perfectly. Congratulations on your creations! I am delighted to see how COLOURlovers influences us in such positive ways as this. Heres to more COLOUR LOVE!!

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dotondot wrote:
Wow! Thanks so much for posting this. I can't wait to explore this more. I may never go back to my day job!!


Haha...i know what you mean. too funny. Lots of rabbit chasing on this site. :)
Loved the article about weavers in Nepal.
Thanks!
This is a fantastic site!!! I'm a real "color girl" and can't wait to visit every day! Thanks for sharing and inspiring……..
Now i really feel like stitching!
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Did anyone understand that we were giving away the apron here?

EXTENDING THIS CONTEST THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2011. Will close at 12am PDT.

Yes, actually... and I hoped that finally I can win something... :D
Because so few people read the article .... properly.
But come on people! Give yourself a chance!!!!
Team
Team
Team

CONTEST CLOSED - WINNER IS CAORI



@Caori you were the winner after all! ;) Enjoy! Tonia will contact you via Love Notes to get your apron off to you!

- molly
Ó, te jó ég!!!!! = Oh my god!
That's great a beautiful apron with the colors of Leah!!!! Wow!
A BIG FAT THANK YOU!
I'm sooooo happy! (Jumping around!)


mollybermea wrote:

CONTEST CLOSED - WINNER IS CAORI

@Caori you were the winner after all! ;) Enjoy! Tonia will contact you via Love Notes to get your apron off to you!

- molly

caori wrote:
Ó, te jó ég!!!!! = Oh my god!
That's great a beautiful apron with the colors of Leah!!!! Wow!
A BIG FAT THANK YOU!
I'm sooooo happy! (Jumping around!)


mollybermea wrote:

CONTEST CLOSED - WINNER IS CAORI

@Caori you were the winner after all! ;) Enjoy! Tonia will contact you via Love Notes to get your apron off to you!

- molly


Congrats, Caori!! I'll be in touch very soon to send you out your apron! :-)
Tausend THANKS TONIA!!! = TTT :o)
I still can't belive it....

ToniaDavenport wrote:
caori wrote:
Ó, te jó ég!!!!! = Oh my god!
That's great a beautiful apron with the colors of Leah!!!! Wow!
A BIG FAT THANK YOU!
I'm sooooo happy! (Jumping around!)


mollybermea wrote:

CONTEST CLOSED - WINNER IS CAORI

@Caori you were the winner after all! ;) Enjoy! Tonia will contact you via Love Notes to get your apron off to you!

- molly


Congrats, Caori!! I'll be in touch very soon to send you out your apron! :-)
Collaboration? Swapping? Palettes, patterns and FABRIC???
I need that book! Peeking from work… can't wait to get home and order it!
At least a few of us did understand the contest. LOL. Congrats, Caori!
Thank you Alicia! :o)
Alicialoveslife wrote:
At least a few of us did understand the contest. LOL. Congrats, Caori!
Congrats Caori!!
Gosh I missed this!! You win a hand made apron by Leah?
Awwww! I'd love that apron!!
Hi Anna! :)

Thank you very much!
The apron is made by Tonia and she was inspired by Leah's palette.


ycc2106 wrote:
Congrats Caori!!
Gosh I missed this!! You win a hand made apron by Leah?
Awwww! I'd love that apron!!
I still not received the apron.... :s
Congrats.

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