A “2nd Helping” – Follow-Up to Studio 5 Segment & What’s Happening With Our Studio?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Since our Studio 5 segment on frayed applique, we’ve had several questions that have come through the blog and by email that we’d love to answer!

Q. I wish I lived in Utah so I could get those fabrics! Can I find them elsewhere?
A. Great news folks! Just because some of the fabrics were from Utah designers, doesn’t mean you can only find them here. Joel Dewberry and Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs can be found EVERYWHERE! We used Joel’s line on the pillow, Shari’s on the handbag, and Amy Butler’s line is found on the beautiful quilt! (Which we’ll be showing how to make in this week’s episode #8 so be sure to come back!)

Q. What advice do you have for stitching the appliques onto t-shirts?
A. There is a great product that we absolutely love, and we actually use it all the time when doing machine embroidery. However, this product works just as well when adding appliques by the sewing machine. It is called “Hoop Assist” and it is by Hemingworth. Simply iron the sheets onto the back of the shirt, and it will hold your knit nice and tight so that it won’t shift around while sewing. Afterwards, it can be easily removed.

Q. Can you wash felt?
A. That’s a very good question! And a lot of it depends on the kind of felt you are using on your project. We always say, “When in doubt, hand-wash!” Doing so won’t get you in any kind of trouble! :) Be careful with wool felts because they may have a tendency to bleed. We’ve had good luck with craft felts if washed in cold water and left to air-dry. If you are still not sure, it’s always a good idea to do a test wash with a scrap of the selected felt to see what the results are before finding out it’s too late later.

Q. I know you’re doing an update on your studio. When will we see what is going on?
A. Yes, we’ve been busy lately in a redesign of the studio. It’s been a whole lot of work, but a whole lot of fun at the same time! You’ll see just a portion of the “reveal” in this week’s show! Here’s a little peak…

We’ve been repainting walls, putting together a small kids’ corner, sewing window treatments, refinishing furniture, moving furniture, changing light fixtures… you name it!

Gotta love DIY!  Happy Monday everyone!

Follow-up on Mother’s Day Collages

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hi everyone! We’ve had a few more questions on the Mother’s Day collages from Episode 7, so thought we’d make a quick post. We mentioned that you can use a decoupage medium to transfer the photo to the canvas. We’ve had good success with the decoupage medium called Liquitex “gloss medium and varnish” as well as “collage Pauge” by Aleenes. We purchased the Liquitex at Michaels.

We hope that helps! We look forward to seeing what you’ve been making!