Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Days 36, 37, & 38

Vintage button collection via Etsy
Field Journals
If you know anything about journaling, you know that sometimes you find something super cool that won't fit into the pages. That is when you should invest in what is called a "field journal". The difference is that instead of words and pictures, you are collecting three-dimensional objects. Wouldn't you like to have one like the one pictured below? I have also seen people use type-cases as such as well.
Image from Oh Hello Friend

Retracting Your Steps
This activity is deep. I am asked to choose an image or subject matter and use it over and over again. "The Goal, over time, is to explore the inner workings of both your image and your creative output; The result might be an entire body of work or a study in light and shadow". The artist below, Nancy Jean Tobin  likes to use birds and farms in her work. You can see the different emotions in each.
Buttonwork, Part 2
I am going to share the "Tips for Attaching Buttons" from this entry:
  • Sew on buttons with strong craft and button thread going through the holes at least 5 or 6 times. Buttons receive a lot of handling, so attach them firmly. 
  • Never sew a button to a single layer of fabric. Add additional reinforcement such as batting or interfacing behind the decorative fabric layer to support the button. 
  • If the button will be used functionally, as in a buttonhole or other closure, add a thread shank or small additional button spacer between the button and the background fabric. 
  • Never iron buttons. They can melt, crack, or discolor from the heat, steam, or weight of the iron. 
There you have it. My collection has reached a measly FIVE buttons, so I have yet to use them. Oh, and sorry for the delay in postings! Come back real soon!
Entries taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

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