Thursday, May 6, 2010

Muslin Strip Tutorial, Learning to Crochet, Journals, Knitted Washcloths & Happy Mother's Day!

Another week has passed here at the Studio, and I have been learning so many new things to create.

I was trying my hand at stamping strips of Muslin and they came out fantastic. It's also a great way to add fabric to your mixed-media pieces. I used this technique to create custom wraps for my Spa Washcloths that I sell over at my Etsy Shop.

Basically you will need to cut 2" inch strips of muslin. Don't use scissors to cut them, just rip and tear. This will give your edges that raw frayed looked. You can tea stain or coffee stain your muslin and let the piece of fabric dry and then start to rip and tear your strips.

Once the Muslin is dried and your pieces are ripped, break out your permanent ink stamp pads and your collection of stamps. Start stamping your imagines onto your Muslin Strips!
You can use words, background stamps and then go over them with your picture stamps!

A closer look. Don't get worried if your Stamp isn't dark...this look gives it that Shabby Chic Look!

Now, set aside for about 30 min and then you can start using your strips for your projects. Here I used them to wrap up my Spa Knitted Washcloths.

I'm already for Mother's Day...I got every one's gifts ready for the Big Day on Sunday! I can't wait to give this to my family members!

Now that I have learned how to Knit, the next thing to do...of course...was to teach myself how to Crochet! LOL Boy, do I love this art form. Such beautiful crochet patterns and so many to learn. Can't wait to make a messenger bad and then felt it!

This is the BEST CROCHET TUTORIAL BOOK EVER. I have the Knitting one too. Just absolutely love these BOOKS, and I highly recommend both if you are interested in learning how to Crochet and Knit!

Here are some Crocheted Spa Washcloths that I have done. Absolutely love the colors and the patterns for these.

Now, I just couldn't stop at crocheting washcloths, so I'm working on a line of Crocheted Journal Covers that will be covered with backing fabric and then I will sew the signatures in using Watercolor Paper.

and I couldn't stop there...check out the crocheted FLOWERS! LOL

Here is the 6x6 Journal with the added flowers and the sewn in Signatures made from treated Muslin Pages.
Inside the journal. See how you can add the Muslin Pages to your Journals!
Side View of the 6x6 Journal
Two Crocheted Journals Ready To Go to a NEW HOME!
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL MOTHER's DAY! Keep CREATING MAGIC...


Pattee said...

Wow Michelle Everything on this post looks fun!

You'll have to teach me because when I read a direction it's like it's in a foreign language!

Brenda LaBell said...

Mish, I love it all!!! I Love rubber stamps and all of the fun things you can do with them!! Ohhhh yeah, crocheting, now your talking my language, lol. I am always adding crocheted tid bits to my creations, you just gotta do it, lol. Love the crocheted journal cover, great idea!! I love your blog it is always filled with fun, creative juice and a very friendly multi talented lady (you)!! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Have a great week!!

noye studios said...

those look fabulous! and i love all the deep rich colors your spa clothes are availble in :)

suepelletierlaughpaint said...

thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yOUR sculpture dolls do you use paper mache? great stuff!

Tess said...

Wow the muslin strips turned out wonderful. I've crocheted wash cloths beofre. I rmember my grandmother making them too. I adore the purple journal. Muslin pages? Cool!!

Kris Johnson said...

I Love the stamping on muslin strips idea!!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity it will add that special touch I've been looking for I only hope mine turn out as well! - Kris

JudySheaRT said...

Michelle.. LOVE stamping on fabric... old cloth belts too... you're amazing, but you're used to hearing that.

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Thanks guys for stopping by...and Happy Mother's Day to you all. I will be busy with the family and knitting and/or crocheting away, as we eat, talk, listen to music and hear stories.

Enjoy the day and have a wonderful and creative weekend.

Annabelle said...

Hey Michelle!

Wow girl! You can do everything! And you do them all well. The stamped muslin is so pretty and it looks pretty easy. I'll have to give it a try now that you have such a great tutorial!

Thanks for all the good info and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to you too!

Designs By CK said...

Popping in for a belated hello.

Have a great weekend lady!

CK :-)


Deborah said...

Beautiful work! I love the idea of stamping on muslin strips.

Yarrow said...

Fantastic post! I so love all the things you've been making. Those stamps look great on the muslin :) Hope you had a great Mother's day :)

Janice said...

The stamped muslin is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing

Campbell Jane said...

What great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

The Josie Baggley Company said...

Hi Mich
well wow you've been a crochet queen! Can't do it myself but I could take a good photo of it!lol The muslin strips are very effective ..I have to make some now! They'd be lovely with gold touches for Christmas ribbon too wouldn't they?
Have to drop in on DAG later on tonight -hope I've not been kicked out haha

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love to crochet. I'm glad I found your website. Thank you.

thehauntedstudiounderthestairs said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tip.
Muslin is one of my favorite fabric and I use it to make dolls but this tip really makes my head go wild with ideas.

Thank you so much,


LuLu Kellogg said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my spa washcloths!

Look at all the lovelies you are creating. Looking at all this makes me want to learn to crochet!


Evelyn's Wonderland said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I love all the washcloths! What great gifts. I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

Campbell Jane said...

Tried this on a little muslin bag. Works great! Thanks again for the idea.

Anonymous said...

Very cool as always! Also a huge belated hello to you too :)

Marshmallow Beanie said...

You are amazing! You inspire me.

La Petite Gallery said...

You are so talented. Bravo!!
Love the dolls.. yvonne

Pattee said...

Hi Mish...
ADO gals will at NIADA??? I'm rooming with Jacqui... Gail (Lackey ) was supposed to go with me but she couldn't work it out : (

Yes I'm really excited!!! I'll take lots of photos....

When oh when are you going to have another blog post? I miss reading what you have to say ~: )



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