Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fiber Art Class with Lenore Crawford

Oh my goodness. I was fortunate enough to get into a class with  (and my thanks go to)

World Class Award Winning Quilter Lenore Crawford. 

Before I go any further I want to share her website. Drum roll:  There is a ton of useful information in Lenore's pages. Worth a peek, for sure.

The class was on Tuesday. On Wednesday I made this:

I want to post a couple pictures of the process. So simple! First I opened the original photograph in Paint.NET, that perfect free online image editing program my daughter turned me on to. From there I selected Effects, then Stylize, then Edge Detect. There I dial in the right contrast so the edges pop out. That looks like this:

Next I take a regular ol' Sharpie and outline the edges with 'chunks of color' in mind. That looks like this:

With this good edge drawing ready tape it securely to the table. I then tape a piece of that razzle-dazzle quilter's friend freezer paper over the line drawing and use (this is very important) the finest, most ultra sharp Sharpie I can find and use extreme care transferring/tracing the rough line drawing to the freezer paper. This freezer paper drawing is now the meat and potatoes of the whole work. That looks like this:
From here I select bits of fabric and fuse them together butting the edges together to form the work. Rule number one is no over lapping of pieces. It is fun. It is fast. It is thrilling to watch develop in such a short time. That looks like this:

The final step is fine-tuning the work with fiber paints. Lenore encourages her students use PROfab paints by Pro Chemical. The only other rule is no acrylic paints. So at this point I refer you back to the top photo.

Let me know what you think. If you have any questions you can ask me over at Quilters Club of America Dear Jane. (Yes, I am a Janiac.) Meanwhile I am going through some pictures on my hard drive to see what I want to accomplish next.

I'm thinking one of my little toy poodle Taji.

Until next time,
This is Jeanne in Michigan


  1. Interesting. So no sewing at all? Does it hold up when washed? You did a lovely job.

    1. No sewing at all. It will not hold up to washing until sandwiched and quilted. Lenore recommends heavy machine quilting to cement those suckers down. FWIW I just tried my first DJ. I went with E-2 Merry May. The precision is spectacular. Somehow it feels like cheating. But in the big scheme of things I know this will help me to finish Dear Jane.