I've been putting together a tutorial for minis to share with some friends. I thought I'd share it here because it's lots of fun and it was a creative project.
First I'll get the stitching photos out of the way. I'll link to the previous week's images in the name for easy comparison.
Black Bear is coming along nicely.
I did get the background trees in the middle of the piece going this week. I also finished a chunk of clouds in the sky and started on the tops of the foreground trees on the right side. The bear's face got filled in too... because I got tired of seeing a faceless bear.
The Aragon Blackwork did get the lower right motif outline in place this week, and its surrounding crosses. I also stitched the right side pattern, started the upper left motif, and purchased a larger frame to make it easier to work on.
Now for the tutorial! Here's how to make mini bolts of fabric and fat quarters.
You will need:
- pieces of thick cardstock, I used the backs off legal pads, cut to 7/8 of an inch by 2 inches. I painted the ends of my bolts white, but that's optional.
- strips of appropriate fabrics 4 inches by 22 inches; if you're cutting from a fat quarter, just cut a 4" piece the length of the fabric.
- scissors for paper and fabric (a rotary cutter and mat would make things go faster)
- a ruler
- tacky glue
- clothespins for clamps
For the fat quarters, neatly stack your leftover ends from the fabric bolts. Cut two inch strips first.
I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial. It was nice to play with minis again... it's been too long. See you next week!