Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Home is where the heART is

Houses, like birds, are a common theme in my art and in my crafting.  I suppose I'm a domestic person at heart and I love "nesting".  As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing better than being warm and cozy and safe in my house.  I take great pains to make our house a home and I love the comfort it provides my family.
This weekend, on one of my craft binges, I created two pieces of work, both revolving around my obsession with home.  The first, a mini-quilt, is up for sale in my Etsy shop*.  As much as I love it, my house can't hold another piece of my fabric art and I know I need to start letting it go.  I used some scraps from the vintage sheet I used for my daughter's lounge pants and skirt and I hand-embroidered the word, "maison" (french for house) onto a piece of linen I tea-dyed. I know I need to take some better photos of it, but it's challenging because the colors of the fabrics are so delicate.  Trust me when I say it's even better in person!

I also have a little tutorial for you today!  I've had this Neighborhood Garland rolling around in my head for a week or two and was finally able to create it on Saturday.  I think it's so cute and would be a really darling addition to a child's room or even as decor for a house-warming party.  You could customize the houses to look like your neighborhood.  Or make it a little more masculine and create barns or firehouses for a boy's room.  Here's how to make it...

Neighborhood Garland Tutorial
by Laura Bray


fast2fuse heavyweight interfacing**
Fabric scraps
Fabric pen
Embroidery thread & needle


1.  Cut house shapes from interfacing.  I cut short and tall house shapes.  The small houses measure 2"x 2" and the tall houses are 1.75"x 3.5"  You can make them whatever size or shape you want, but make sure you cute one solid house shape.  Don't separate the roof from the base.

2. Lay fabric scraps onto the front and back of your interfacing.  I used solid fabric to cover the back of the houses and different contrasting fabrics to accentuate the roof portion on the front.  Leave some fabric overlap around the house shape.

3. Fuse the fabric to the interfacing according to manufacturer directions.  Trim excess fabric off.

4.  Using a fabric pen, draw windows and doors onto your little houses.

5.  Thread your embroidery needle and knot one end of your thread.  Sew your first house onto the thread by pushing your needle through the front of you house.  Keep to one side where the roof meets the house.  Bring the needle up through the other side of the house, straight across.  Create a knot next to hold the house in place.  Move a few inches down your thread, tie off another knot and slide your next house onto the embroidered thread.

6.  It's ready to hang.

Happy Home Making!

Material Disclosure:  

*I have a material connection.
**No material connection.