Join Artistic Artifacts and its sister company Batik Tambal as they exhibit at the
International Quilt Festival/Houston, November 1-4 at the
George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Look for them in Booth # 1925!
New! First-Time Beading on Fabric
Fabric and mixed media artist Liz Kettle’s just-released book, First-Time Beading on Fabric: Learning to Bead in Nine Easy Lessons, is the only resource you need to get started on a beading adventure. Order your copy today and it will ship the second week of November! Large photos (both inspirational and step-by-step) and easy-to-follow instructions make this beginner-friendly guide to first-time beading on fabric a joy to use. Judy has her paisley quilt featured in the book! Learn nine techniques for adding beads to fabric: seed stitch, moss stitch, couching, backstitch, bugle stitch, stacked beads, fringe, picot edge, peyote stitch. Practice your new skills on a stitch sampler book or quilt, then move on to create your own beaded designs or create a dazzling Garden Quilt with beaded flower appliqués.
Liz has a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and the creative process. She is co-author of the bestselling and award winning titles Fabric Embellishing — the Basics and Beyond and Threads: the Basics & Beyond.
Learn and Have Fun in Our Classes
As the year draws to a close, there are still opportunities to learn new mixed media and fiber techniques:
- Seats are still available this Saturday, November 3: Turn Your Photos into Thermofax Screens with PG Fiber2Art — bring your laptop and learn to use Photoshop Elements to turn your own photos into black & white images ready to be turned into thermofax screens
- Saturday, November 10: Holiday Memories Tag Book with Diane Herbort — Holidays and/or family celebrations such as weddings and birthdays are your inspiration for an easy, artful tag book that makes a beautiful gift or your own keepsake, encompassing a variety of papercraft and mixed media techniques
- Also on Saturday, November 10: Jacket = Purse: Upcycled Sewing with Kathy Holmes — suitable even for those just getting started with sewing, you’ll upcycle a wool jacket or blazer to create your own one of a kind handbag
- We’ve got several options to choose from on Saturday, November 17:
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 9: gift-giving season is fast approaching, and we have the ideal opportunity for you to finish your homemade projects intended for family and friends with our Open Studio: Finish Your Holiday Gifts. Bring your new or unfinished projects, or take on a project that simplifies gift wrapping (learn more). Give yourself the gift of a mini-retreat and work away from prying eyes, the doorbell, the telephone and other interruptions and distractions in a fun and collaborative atmosphere!
New Batik Panels!
Earlier this month we unpacked a shipment of new batik panels in a variety of sizes from some of Indonesia’s most accomplished batik artists: Ahmed, Aprat, Jaka, and Hari Agung! These batik paintings are each handcrafted and one of a kind. They are ideal framed for wall art, but can be used beautifully in any form of fiber art: traditional and art quilts, table runners, wearable art such as jackets and vests.
Each artist has their own distinctive style, from pictorial to abstract — you’re certain to find a design and color that fits your needs. Pictured here is a floral design in red (also available with blue, yellow, orange, purple or fuchsia flowers) by Hari Agung, who uses wonderful splashes of color while working a contemporary, semi-abstract style. Shop Batik Panels now »
More on Indonesian Batiks
This summer we noted that we expected the arrival of beautiful Combanasi fabric (listed on our website with “preorder” status) by the middle of October. We’re still anticipating — these beauties are traveling quite a long way! — so we ask you to please keep checking our website for updates. This uniquely gorgeous fabric, which features an extraordinary layering of color and design, is completely handmade and we’re confident you will think the wait is worth it!
Artistic Artifacts and Batik Tambal continues to expand its selection of authentic handcrafted batik fabric, as well as commercially available batiks produced on the island of Java in Indonesia by skilled dye masters exclusively for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The rich colors and exquisite tonal patterns mean these fabrics lend themselves beautifully to any fiber project, from quilts to apparel. Shop Batik fabric now »