Yesterday I joined Hospitality Quilt chapter for a bus trip to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Chantilly, VA. 42 of us had a great time with the vendors, classes and quilt exhibits. It runs thru Sunday if you’re in the area – more info at http://sewingexpo.com/
As part of our group package, we were able to sign up for two classes. I took Multi-Media Backgrounds with Barb Callahan of Venice, FL: www.barboriginals.com ; and Recreating the Surface with Cindy Losekamp of New Trenton, Indiana: http://www.sewingart.com/
Best tips from Barb were to use the double needle on the sewing machine for pin tucks; use pigment ink stamp pads for fabric (I can never remember which ink is best); and a hot tip on a dye from the cake baking aisle – Wilton Icing Dyes. Here’s a link to info on that last item that suggests it for yarn; Barb suggested it might also work for fabric tho she hasn’t tried it yet: http://fearlessknitting101.com/?q=node/163
Cindy introduced me to precut silk screens – who knew such a thing existed?! Probably all of you reading this, as I’m a bit behind at times! She mixed the Jacquard Lumiere paints (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/paints/lumiere/ ) with half and half with shaving cream then spread over the silkscreen on the fabric. Excellent results. I can’t wait to try out my Jacquard Textile Traditionals to see if they will work as well. And may play around with stencils from contact paper…anyone given that a whirl?