Something you may not know about my artwork is that I use only secondhand/reused/reworked fabric. . I’ve been buying my clothing almost exclusively secondhand for over a decade, and when I sew my own clothing I’ve used exclusively secondhand fabrics since 2018. So it only made sense to extend that theme to my artwork. I’ll break the rule if I want to, but I quite enjoy the limitation. . Alright, back to the gorgeous lillies. I got this fabric at @scrapskc , my favorite local art supply thrift store. The story I’ve created in my mind (one of the reasons I use 2nd hand - it has a story!) is that it sat unused in someone’s fabric stash for like 20 years. What a dreary existence - waiting to be chosen, but no it’s just a plain old muslin amongst all these pretty quilting cotton prints. Well it sat there, creased on the same frickin’ folds for decades until its sewing overlord moved or died and their stash was donated to Scraps. . One day, I go to Scraps looking for a plain old muslin to brighten up, and this is where we meet - the fabric and I. The pandemic soon hits and so does spring, when my gorgeous asiatic lillies bloom. These blooms don’t last long, so what better way to brighten this fabric and keep my blooms around longer? So I draw and I paint and I stitch this fabric a new life! . But guess what? The fabric sat creased in those same folds for 20 years and no matter what I try (I’ve tried everything), those creases are THERE. That’s the fabric. It’s no longer supposed to be pressed flat. It’s grown and is no longer taking shit from anyone. . I’ve never shown this lily piece to anyone because of these silly creases. They really grind my gears, but making up this story helped me come to terms with them. It reminded me of my process and the why behind choosing to use secondhand fabrics.
Would you expect anything less from me than a little facial for your Friday? I used my sewing machine to paint this face with thread. It started out as a marker on paper sketch (I almost never draw with a pencil.) and is now stitched onto water soluble fabric. . I want this person to melt, dissolve, be sort of transparent. I want them to blend in but also stand away from the background. And the only way to do it is try and see if it’ll come to life as it is in my imagination. 🤷🏻♀️ Like I want a painting, but in thread - One that leaves out some of the details or is maybe a bit blurred. . The frilly hair bits - loved them in my drawing - not sure how they’ll work after the ‘melt’.
It’s that time of year again! Where I walk around my neighborhood finding leaves I can bring home to paint and stitch! . So tell me: are you more into the painting time lapses or the sewing ones? Or do you prefer leaf identification? Those are your only three options. (I know there are apps and I could conduct google searches, but I also really like people knowledge.)🍁 #threadsketchthursday
I’ve been putting this five minute task off for a week because I was afraid it’d all unravel or ‘I’d ruin it’ (my classic thought in every step of any art project). But today I just did it and wow, could have done without the week of worry. 😅 It worked. Happy fuckin’ Friday! . I used my sewing machine to free motion stitch a ‘cage’ of sorts around a figure drawing. And (here’s a fable for ya) the drawing started out at 18” in diameter, but caging it in literally and figuratively shrunk it. No matter how much effort I put into keeping its diameter stretched. Imagine that. But the water soluble fabric that I stitched on is coming into this fable as the ~Old Wise One~ to let you know you can step away and release yourself at any time from whatever is shrinking you. . I may never have an elegant way with words, but by god, there are some juicy stories in my art process. If only I could find a less crass way of putting those stories into words. . My birthday was two days ago and that always gives me a reason to think about what’s not working for me and what I want to surround myself with instead. Can you relate this process and transformation to some area of your life?? Feel free to share.👇👇
The newest thing I’ve sewn through - handmade paper. I took one of my one-line blind contour drawings and free motion stitched it onto this paper using my sewing machine. Then I added a touch of color using my Derwent Inktense pencils. Doesn’t that deckled edge make you all 🤤 ? . I did this just for fun to see what it was like sewing/painting with handmade paper. Its soft and I wanna just eat it, but may be a tad too fragile for my stabby/overworking/brutish touch - I’ll keep practicing. If it tickles your fancy, message me for more info to purchase. It would frame up quite nicely and make a sweet gift! . Handmade paper by @kelseypikepapercraft
It’s the first day of the BEST month of the year and I finished stitching this very special piece! This combined with the full moon, scrumptious campfire weather, and my upcoming birthday means there’s something very magical in the air. . In this video you see the final 30 seconds of free motion sewing I put into this piece. It contains SIX whole bobbins of thread (that’s a shitload, if you didn’t know), and some secret messages of transformation. . Speaking of transformation, I will be dissolving the fabric that this babe was stitched upon and trusting that she’ll come out okay on the other side. Shed it and shred it, baby!🤘 (<<<just made that up, very excited about it) . Stay tuned for a time lapse of the dissolving process! It’s usually pretty rad!
Do you feel kinda shitty after that debate last night? Yeah, me too. I can’t take away your pain if you’ve dealt with verbal or emotional abuse and Trump’s presence last night was too frighteningly familiar. But I do know that sewing has a healing way of keeping our hands busy when our minds are racing and I CAN help with that. . It’s a great day to level up your sewing game by learning HOW TO FOLD MITERED CORNERS. So, until you can register to vote/vote/or volunteer at the polls, let’s do this. . Here we go:: •First double fold your two adjacent edges in and press. (If your hem allowance is 1.25”, fold in 5/8” and then 5/8” again.) This will give us a nice clean finish! When you unfold those edges, you will have pressed guidelines. •Take a straightedge and tailor’s chalk and make two diagonal marks where the pressed guidelines intersect. •Your first guideline? Cut that bitch off! Removing this little corner of fabric gets rid of unnecessary bulk. •Next, finger press your fabric in along that second diagonal mark. •Now double fold one edge in along your pressed guidelines. •Do the same to the second edge until all lines up in a beautiful mitered corner. This part is finicky! Stick with it. The more precise you were in your previous steps, the easier this will come together. •Bonus tip: if there is a gap along your mitered edge, fold in a little less along that second diagonal mark. And vice versa if your mitered edges are overlapping. . This is a great technique for getting a clean, mitered corner with no raw edges showing. Any questions about this mitered corner technique? Check back a few posts for how to SEW a mitered corner. . If sewing is helping you right now, what other sewing tips would you like me to feature?
I’ve mostly been a remote school manager the past few weeks, but I’ve also been working on this piece. . Looks like a tangled mess - it essentially is. This has been a very cathartic tangled mess to get myself into.😅 . Will be dissolving that fabric base later. #freemotionmachinesewing
Wow I haven’t shared a sewing tip on here in months. So here...⚡️How to Sew a Mitered Corner!⚡️ Talk about a super easy way to level up your sewing game! . This is hard to explain in text, but I’m still going to try. Watch all the videos and ask questions for clarification! . Supplies needed: straight edge, tailors chalk, snips, a pin, and your scrap of fabric or garment that desperately wants mitered corners. . •Fold your two adjacent edges in the recommended amount for what you’re sewing (I did 1.25” for my scrap of fabric). Give them a good press. •Using your straight edge and tailors chalk, make a diagonal mark from the inner corner (where the two raw edges meet) to the outer, folded corner. •There should a little triangle flap of fabric right next to your straight edge. Fold that over your straightedge and make a mark on the fabric layer underneath. •Unfold and place a pin in the intersection of the marks you made. •Notice the long diagonal mark. The pin is anchoring where you will fold this line back onto itself. Patience, precision - It’ll pay off. •Pin or hold the fabric in place while you place it under your presser foot. Sink your needle in right where the pin is poking through the fabric. Stitch along the marks you made. You can’t see the marks very well, but try it. You can do it! •Now pop or boop the corner right side out and HOLY NUTS you just did it! You sewed a mitered corner. . What do you think? Was that easier than you thought? Mitered corners offer a lot of bang for your buck (effort). They also look way nicer from all angles and help distribute bulk evenly. . Next week I’ll share a sewing tip for two different ways to fold mitered corners (instead of stitch them). Until then..any questions? . If you like this sewing tip, check out my other ones at #jordsensewingtips . And if you LOVE this sewing tip, send me a tip over on my ko-fi account. Have a great weekend everybody!👋