Friday, July 15, 2011

Free on Friday: Add a Little Texture to Your Art


Today's Free on Friday's give away is 2 yards of hand-dyed cheese cloth.
"Oooooooh!" you say, "What can I do with that?"
I don't know.
But I am giving it away to a lucky person that leaves a comment on the blog today. Maybe you'll have some good ideas. For the life of me, I can only do 1 thing with cheese cloth (because my jam making days are over).
If you look closely, you'll see that the cheesecloth on this quilt has been fused and then applied as the sun, grass, and shadows for the mountain. If you choose to fuse your cheesecloth, protect your iron with release paper so the glue doesn't get on the iron.

Cheese cloth: it's a texture thing. Got any good ideas on what to do with it?

52 comments:

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Oooooooo! I'm commenting for my chance to win cheesecloth! Blurry suns. Oceans. Mountains in the background. Mmmm.

Debbie said...

Oooo, that hand-dyed cheesecloth is gorgeous, Laura. I'd love to have those pieces to try out. Rosemary Claus Grey did a lot of work with scrim some years ago. She has some pieces on this page: http://www.rosemaryclaus-grey.com/design.htm Maybe there's more elsewhere on her site, too.

sandra wyman said...

Stitch several layers to a background; stitch by machine - free motion works best; cut back through one or more layers to reveal the different colours - can create very painterly effects.

Quiltbug said...

I would love some hand dyed cheese cloth. I am making a quirky little landscape and it needs some texture in 'Laura' colours

Jackie said...

Awesome... pick me please=) LOL
Will use on my art quilt for flowers.

MarĂ­a Cristina said...

OOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Beautiful colours!!!
I've never used gauze ... would be a great opportunity to experiment and mix with the fabrics that I have ...
Thanks Laura!

gill said...

This is gorgeous Laura, count me in please!
Some great ideas above!

Sally Westcott said...

I just love cheese cloth! I use it over other stuff for texture, wrinkled up and glued for texture, dyed and rolled and worn as a summer scarf. Awesome stuff. I use etching cloth for the same thing - I just love it! I would just love one of yours!

Hugz

Mary Ann Van Soest said...

I would be courious to see what cheese cloth would look like on a quilt. Like you I am done with that jam thing. We can buy lovely jams at the market.
Love your colors.

KatieQ said...

I never did make jam, but I have used Julia Child's recipe for roast turkey for over 30 years and it says to soak the cheese cloth with oil and use it to cover the turkey's breast to keep it moist while roasting. I think it would be more fun to use it in a quilt. Why didn't I think of that before.

The colors of your cheese cloth are gorgeous. I'm thinking that cheese cloth absorbs dye more easily than standard cloth. Did you have to do anything special with it?
Of course I want your cloth. I can see it used as part of a dawn or sunset ocean scene.

Nancy B said...

Ohh, a chance to win! Here's my 2 cents worth - I'm thinking scrunching into flowers...

Vivika said...

Hi Laura,
I've never used hand dyed cheese cloth, but I do love the "natural stuff" and use it as an overlay to create shaddows and texture on some of my quilts. All different textures of cloth are nice to have in our stashes! I am looking forward to trying some with my new felting machine, too. Who knows what will result from a little experimentation! Happy Summer to You!

Linda Kittmer said...

I absolutely love dyed cheesecloth. Yours look absolutely yummy! I hope I win ;-).

Thanks for all your great inspiration and colourful creativity!

Pamela said...

Other than using cheesecloth to make..cheese (panir) I would love to give those colors a try on an art quilt with the scraps from your workshop I recently attended.

RoseofSharonStudio said...

I would love to win your fabric!!!
I have never used cheesecloth for making cheese or otherwise. :) Now I will have to try it!
Thank you, Laura :)

margaret said...

This made me laugh! Thanks for starting my day off right.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

O I LOVE CHEESE! And Cheese CLOTH... is so delicious! Thanks, Laura!

JustCallMeElle said...

How awesome to use the cheesecloth as a semi transparent overlay!!
Pick me! Happy Friday!
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Mary-Kay said...

I would use cheesecloth especially dyed cheeseclothin some of my photo/landscape wall hangings. your colours are amazing and I would have to find some suitable phtots maybe of osme flowers or the sunset to use that in. It would certainly add the special touch of pizzaz to my work.

Jennifer said...

I think that something so light and airy as cheesecloth is screaming to be made into dimensional fiber art with lots of thread and other fiber. If I don't win cheesecloth, I may have to buy some to dye and play with!

Sewgirl said...

Ohh....what can you do with cheesecloth? Wow! I am currently working on a landscape with water and mountains and meadows, and I know what I could do with it. In fact our teacher was highly encouraging us to use unusual things to make the landscape more realistic...it would make my quilt even more awesome!

Diane J. Evans said...

Why, you munch on some delicious cheese whilst you fondle this gorgeous fabric! I'd LOVE to win this, Laura!

Diane

Shawn said...

Beautiful! I know I could use it in my art journaling! Pick me :)

starquilter said...

Laura, I have just found out about cheesecloth for quilts n I would love to win n try it for myself. I would use it in my quilts n fiber art items. Thank you for this opportunity n sharing your work.
CeCelia

WoolenSails said...

Great background shades for an art piece.

Debbie

Marilyn said...

Well , I'd figure it out by the time you ship it to me .... ;~)

Sherryl said...

I use it as an overlay and hand stitch through it. It really gives a lovely texture with funky edges.

soren2go said...

I'll try for that. There are lots of possibilities for that colorful cheesecloth. Love what you did with it.

Cherie in St Louis said...

Wow, it's beautiful....it would be wonderful as a light wrap for a cool evening....might be a bit small for that, huh? What fun give-a-ways :)

Linda said...

well, I've already won your socks, but I would love to have the cheese cloth, too! Such pretty colors!

Lenora said...

OK cheese cloth is right up my ally! And did I mention its a long ally. Real long!!LOL

drc2010 said...

How beautiful! I've not yet used cheesecloth on a quilt, but I would love to give it a try.

Nancy said...

Cheesecloth would be right at home in fabric postcards and ATCs.

cheryl lennox said...

I would use it in my latest watercolor quilt project!

judi said...

the Cheesecloth would be great for art quilts, the colors and texture would be awesome!!!!

judi said...

the Cheesecloth would be great for art quilts, the colors and texture would be awesome!!!!

dollie said...

Beautiful! Would love to experiment or just hang to enjoy.

Marcia W. said...

Cheesecloth -- the little lines can "make" stones - for houses, walls, walks - the little lines can mark off a farmland or a garden - or use for gauzy curtains in a little house - or 3-D sails for a sailboat on the ocean - or fishing nets - cool stuff that cheesecloth. We use for making pickles, tooth poultices, etc.

QuiltinGal said...

I sure enjoyed your musical presentation today in Knoxville.

TheaM said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for a wonderful class today - I'm so proud to have 'graduated'!!

and I'd love to win that cheesecloth!

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm thinking I would cut it into strips and use a huge crochet hook or needle and play with it that way. I was excited to meet you in Knoxville at your "Fun Night". I love your blog and your work is so fun!

Marybeth said...

Cheese....I'd love to have some to play with..always wanted to see the effect it had....loved the effect in yours

MommaCatlett said...

Hi! I happened upon your blog and think "free on friday" is a clever idea to get exposure to your blog!! I would love you to consider me as your giveaway recipient! I am looking for a way to fix my daughter's broken flip flops that she just won't throw away! Six year olds can be so stubborn ;)

Merrie Jo said...

Cheesecloth has such great texture. Love to use it in landscapes.

Barbi said...

Whoa there missy ... how dare you tease us with such delectable cloth and not make it available in the Artfabrik store for "losers" of this tempting game.

Barbi said...

Oh yeah, and by the way...it's only 11:46 in my region. Can't blame a girl for tryin'

Grammasheri said...

Hi Laura,
I would use it to layer on fabric postcards for texture!

carrie said...

That's so cool! I'd love to work with the cheesecloth because I'm just beginning to stray from traditional patterns and fabrics.

Carole said...

Cheesecloth and scrim are fantastic for shadows, texture and I love the way it drapes to add another dimension, esp. when simulating water. I would like to win it....I am impressed with your generosity.

Aussie Jo said...

Hand dyed cheesecloth/scrim gives sensational background colour when passed under the embellisher machine. You can have a fantastic combining of colours.

Quilter433 said...

Laura,
It was pleasure having you teach at the last AQS Show in Knoxville. I enjoyed your Tiny Homes class and will be working towards making my little village, as soon as my 3 year old grandson goes back home. Love having him around, but love my creative time also. You have inspired me and will look forward to getting your book when I get to the ordering part of your website. Thanks a bunch.
Kathy D.

Locart said...

Your fabrics always look great!! I can do everything with them!