Thursday, September 1, 2011


Quilt Block by Barbara Alama from Honolulu, HI

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We are continuing our blog hop with our friends from the UK. This year Woodware Craft Collection, Dreamweaver's exclusive UK distributor, has begun a blog and design team. Don't hesitate to visit their blog to ask questions and get information by communicating with their talented designers. They are great sources for technique and can even give guidance on where they may be teaching or where you can find Dreamweaver Stencils or Woodware's other great products.

In just a few days I will be flying to Honolulu, Hawaii  to do a consumer show at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Joining me will be long time friend, quilter and Hawaii resident Barbara Alama. She stenciled this beautiful quilt block with an oil based paint and for a finishing touch she glued a myriad of gold, pearl and silver beads for some added bling. Barbara teaches quilting at one of the local stores in Honolulu and her students also enjoy stenciling as well

To achieve the intensity and shading that you see here she started by placing the kimono stencil (LG634) in the center of a piece of muslin and taped out the edges to keep the fabric clean.

To keep the fabric from moving and shifting as she stenciled, she placed a piece of fine grit sandpaper underneath the fabric. 

There are several fabric inks and paints out there that can be used, but Barbara often stencils with oil based Paintstiks. People often see the large crayon looking Painstiks and think that you use them directly on the stencil. But after peeling back the dry paint skin you actually stroke the creamy paint onto a palette and next pick up this color with a stencil brush to apply it to the stencil. The base color she chose for this kimono was Prussian Blue (a well known pigment that is favored by many artists in their palettes). Using a 3/4"stencil brush she started at the outer edge and repeatedly layered the color on the kimono stencil. Remember that if you are stenciling a wall hanging and it isn't going to be laundered it is OK to stencil with any pigment based ink that you would use on your paper creations.

Next she layered the cherry blossoms stencil (LG644) on top of the kimono stencil. Leaving the kimono stencil in place keeps the area beyond the kimono design clean. This time she didn't shade from light to dark, she just stenciled the blossoms quite heavily with an Alizarin Crimson Paintstik (another favorite artists' pigment) and then used a brown color for the stems. Whether you are creating on a box, a frame, a piece of furniture or working on a piece of fabric like Barbara's creation you can use stencils in a hundred different ways. So enjoy and when before this HOP is over be sure to sign up as a follower to keep up with the latest stenciling trends.

For the next "HOP" on this magnificent blogging tour, visit the blog of Pam Hornschu:http// Remember to leave comments on every blog. This will give you more of a chance to win goodies in the form of Dreamweaver Stencils.


Pam Hornschu said...

What a cool quilt! Love the added bling that you can get away with only on a wall hanging! Just beautiful! I think I want to go to Hawaii and make a quilt!

Liz Martin said...

I love it - a quilt square with bling! Thanks, too, for the tip about the fine grit sand paper.

Diane said...

Just stunning beautiful piece of art !!

hugs Diane xx

Daria said...

Lovely! I have to show this to my sister who is also a quilter. Thank you for the detailed description. I love the tip about using sandpaper to keep the fabrick from shifting.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

What a beautiful piece! Your friend is very talented!!
The Kimono was one of the first Dreamweaver stencils I ever bought. I always love using it.

Louise said...

This is gorgeous! I love how she did this. I'm going to have to try more things on fabric with those Paintstiks.

Janine said...

very elegant

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