Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thermofax Screens

Thermofax screens are a great thing to add to your toolbox! You can have a screen made from just about anything. A photo you've taken, a word, a letter, and the list goes on and on. The main thing to keep in mind is that it has to be a high contrast black and white image/copy in order for the thermofax machine to make a great screen.

We have pre-made screens as well as the ability to custom order one of your own design at:

Online Sale of the Week 20% off pre-made thermofax screens.

Here's a little video about thermofax screens. More information follows:

(For some reason I had difficulty getting the video on to the blog....I think it's too big. So the link will take you to the video on youtube.)

A little step by step process of using a thermofax screen to screen print!

1) Either put your screen into a plastic frame using duct tape or use the duct tape alone to create a frame.

2) Make sure you have a good padded surface to work on.

3) Pick your paint. Can be Golden Fluid Acrylic, Setacolor Opaque, Prochem Textile paint, or even Lumiere paint. The mica in the Lumiere can clog up the screen so you have to be really good about cleaning it immediately after use.

4) Make sure you have a tool to move the paint across the screen to push the paint through. The plastic/hard paper cards that come with credit card offers are great.

5) Lay out your fabric on your padded surface.

6) Put your screen shiny side down where you would like the image to print. (There are two sides to the screen. Shiny and matte. You will be able to tell.)

7) Squirt the paint in a line down the length of your image or use a popsicle stick to get the paint out of the jar and into a line.

8) Use the tool to pull the paint across the image and push it through the screen onto your fabric.

9) Pull up the corner to see if you've gotten the image as clear as you want it. If not, lay it back down and pull more paint through the image with your tool/card.

10) When you are done with the screen clean it immediately so that you ensure a long life for your screen. You want to be able to use it over and over.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My 12 Connected Challenge Piece for "Home" Theme: "Family Makes It a Home" by Jan Girod

I was very late with my "Home" piece for the final challenge of the group 12 Connected that I committed to two years ago. Honestly, life just kept getting in my, family holiday plans and illnesses. I know it's the same for all of us...I chose to live by the saying, "better late, than never".

As always when the new word is announced I have to mull it over for awhile, ideas and thoughts need to ferment. Having always felt that home was wherever my family is, so began my thoughts for this piece. With that in mind I knew that somehow this house photo and a collage of vintage family photos would be the "heart" of this piece...just like a real home.
With that in mind I didn't know how to achieve the look I was after, so I printed each on pre-treated inkjet cotton and on ExtravOrganza. Then I auditioned them on the background fabric and decided that the first layer would be the house printed on the cotton. The next layer is the family photo collage on the ExtravOrganza, shown by itself below. Doesn't look like much does it?
But look what happens when pinned over the house print....very ethereal...exactly the affect I was trying to achieve. Yes!!! The background fabric is called Etchings by 3sisters for Moda...absolutely perfect.
I then removed the ExtravOrganza print and machine quilted the piece. including the house. Once that was done I fringed the edges of the family photo, which is easy to do with organza..because it is silk I could have burned the edges but I thought that might give it too hard an edge. Layered it back over the house and hand embroidered around the edges using a simple featherstitch.
Then I simply embellished with my Grandmothers' mother-of-pearl buttons, tied at the corners, added a small key and a Habitat for Humanity charm that says, "Bless this House", exactly the right concept for this challenge quilt.
When I read what the final word would be..."Home", my musings were that it seemed so fitting...our first word was "Sanctuary" and now our final word is "Home". Many times I've said, "my home is my sanctuary" and I've always hoped that I've created a "home" for my family that gives them that warmhearted feeling.

If you would like to see the groups work please check out the blog,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quilter's Marketplace Sanford, NC Jan 6 & 7

We will be vending at the Quilter's Marketplace in Sanford, NC January 6 & 7, 2012. If you are in the area, stop on by. There will be 34 vendors at this event. It is NOT a quilt show but merely a marketplace filled with goodies for all you quilters, mixed media artists, and knitters/crocheters. We will be a little different in set up for this show. Half of the booth will be our normal items that are our everyday staples. We will also have lots of fabric in yardage with us for this show. The other half of the booth will be "spring cleaning" a little early. We need to make room in order to get space for some new stuff. This half will have items 30-90% off. There is even some fabric coming with us that will be $5/yard!! Stop on by and see us!!!! Booth #40.

Keep an eye out for changes coming this year. We will be posting something "new" every Monday! We hope that many of you will enjoy this new aspect. We know that we are excited to start it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Last Day Inventory Blowout Sale

Last Day: Inventory Blowout Sale
Sunday January 1, 2012

Get your last orders in today!

Day 6 Sale:

40% off ONE item!!

You get to pick your sale! This can be 1 book, 1 piece of fabric (ie...if you order more then one yard of the same fabric you will get 40% off it all because it is ONE item), 1 kit, 1 of whatever you choose. Excludes clearance items.

Our system can not put 40% off to just one item so place your order and complete the paypal authorization. We will adjust your order as we fill it to give you the 40% off your most expensive item. We will only capture/charge you the appropriate cost.

No other offers/coupons accepted.