This month we were to explore 3D projects. Batiks are perfect for a 3D Christmas ornament, a Danish star. I hope you enjoy the process I went through and consider making some yourself!
In case you hadn’t noticed time seems in short supply, which is true for so many of us during this busy holiday season. So, I opted for a smaller 3D projects. This one, the prep takes some time (drying time) but the rest is very quick!
Now, for a little about the process. We were asked to bring out our inner artist by using optical illusions, textures, trapunto, etc. Decision making has some how gotten harder for me – there are so many choices – but I found a project I liked. Thank you Island Batik for providing the fabrics for this challenge.
I am not in love with this yet. I used the the patterns on my ScanNCut* with chipboard – unsuccessful. It’s a thick material and it broke my deep cut blade. This version uses file folder paper, which worked but I think the sturdiness of the chipboard would make it better. I am also in search of battery operated votives (mine disappeared), so you will see some adjustments to this next week, if it gets better.
I also plan on adding twirling ribbons of batiks from the points, but that will wait until next week, too. Fabric stiffening and drying is in order before I cut them. I won’t get back to this until mid-week, so we’ll have to see if it gets closer to my dream!
I can really see this working with batiks, but I need the right tools. You can see the instructions for a simpler version. I am determined as I love the look of batiks with the sun shining through them, so why not a Parol??? Well this version isn’t what I want, so we’ll see if adding the twirls of batik and light helps. If not, back to the drawing board!
Now, onto the successful 3d Danish Star! I have always wanted to make these stars, but tubes of fabric are not what I was going to use. Island Batik to the rescue!!! Batiks are perfect because they are two sided…they just needed to be stiffened.
I stiffened the fabrics using Beacon Stiffen Stuff Spray* (Michaels had some) and then cut 1″ strips. This worked like a charm. I sprayed it twice. I have been trying to get some Terial Magic Spray, which comes highly recommended, but that errand seems to have dropped to the bottom of the list. I think you could get away with a stiff starching too, again complete soaking and drying before pressing.
Warning Adult Content: All this talk of stiffening brings me back to a fun time on a quilting weekend. We had an ironing board cover that those new to the weekend would need to use to be “initiated”. It was all in good fun but one year we just got carried away laughing about “Mr. Stiffy” and I always think of Mary (who died a few years ago) and how much we all laughed. You can see a sample of a similar ironing board cover here. (OK this one is not available so I am on the hunt for one you can buy…12/18/19). You know, we all can get pretty silly sometimes….back to the project.
I used the instructions from We All Sew and found them very easy. There are only a few things to remember.
1. Get your first “criss-cross” set up.
2. Then flip and insert one piece in each fold.
3. Make sure you fold star points in the right direction. Yup, you can fold them the wrong way…ask me how I know.
I am made a whole group to put them on the fireplace in our cottage. For now, they are attached with a thumb tack, which was white and concealed with pigma pen – my sharpies are all missing.
Besides a table runner that I have designed (but need fabric), I also have one other idea is floating in my head. This is always the problem, not quite enough time.
And then there are these lovelies from Sew Can She. They are her mini baskets, great for storage of fat quarter collections, which I want to separate. I really want to know it is a full fat quarter when I pull it out of the bin. So keep watching…we’ll see when that happens.
In other news, I will not be serving as an Island Batik Ambassador next year. I do have plenty of stash so you will continue to see Island Batik projects. I am so proud and thankful to have served for two years and proud to share my alumni ambassador badge with you. I met some great industry people and other designers, and so many of you, who came to follow me. I want to thank Island Batik, and their industry partners, Accuquilt, Aurifil, and Hobbs Batting. It has truly been a remarkable experience. There’s lots to do in 2020, so stay tuned.
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