For beautiful wall art, frame fabric pieces and embellish with free-motion thread-painting, crystals and/or paint. This wall art idea works particularly well with large-motif floral designs like the one pictured. Project excerpted from Make it You- Your Space by Shannon Mullen published by C&T Publishing.
- 1⁄2 yard large-print fabric
- 8˝ × 10˝ or 11˝ × 17˝ frame and mat
- 90/14 top-stitch needle
- Rayon decorative thread to match fabric motifs
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Water-soluble marker
- Free-motion embroidery foot
- 1˝-wide coordinating grosgrain ribbon (optional)
- Tsukineko fabric inks (optional)
- Kandi Corp hot-fix decorative applicator to apply heatactivated crystals (optional)
- Heat-activated crystals (optional)
- Basic supplies
- Remove the mat from the frame and place the mat on the large-print fabric so that it frames the design elements you want to feature. Mark around the framed image with a water-soluble marker and cut the fabric 2˝ outside the marked line. Framing and cutting a piece of fabric with the exact design elements you want is called fussy cutting.
- Thread your machine with a rayon decorative thread. Drop the feed dogs and select a straight stitch. Place tear-away stabilizer under the fabric to prevent it from puckering while you sew. Lower the presser foot before sewing to engage the tension on the top thread.
- Use your hands to guide the fabric in a side-to-side or up-and-down motion under the needle. This technique is called thread painting. If you have a speed-control setting on your machine, find a comfortable speed that helps you get a consistent stitch length.
Free-motion fabric embellishment uses a straight stitch with the feed dogs lowered. The fabric can be placed in a hoop, or you can sew with a free-motion foot or a darning foot. Consult your sewing machine manual for free-motion and darning settings.
- For additional embellishment, use Kandi Corp’s hot-fix decorative applicator to apply crystals and pearls or use Tsukineko inks to paint original designs. Make sure you allow the ink to dry before you frame the fabric.
- Center the mat over your thread-painted fabric and turn them both over so that the back of the fabric is facing you. Use a gluestick to tack the edges of the fabric to the mat. Turn the mat right side up. Using a straight stitch (length 3.5) and the 90/14 top-stitch needle, sew the fabric to the mat by stitching 1⁄2˝ from the inside edge of the mat. For a fun touch, you can glue or sew grosgrain ribbon around the mat. Add the frame and hang your masterpiece!
- Why not try a complete room makeover? Stretch your fabric over a large canvas and make it into a one-of-a-kind headboard.
- Mount your thread-painted fabric on an artist's canvas with a staple gun. These canvas are available in all arts and crafts stores. Simply pull the fabric over the edges of the canvas and secure the fabric in place with a staple every three or four inches.