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Teaching Urban Doodles

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I recently had the pleasure to teach my Urban Doodles Journal class at the Bella Crafts Connection event in Minneapolis, MN this past weekend. The class went well and I would only change one thing. That change would lengthen the class to 3 hours. I found everyone enjoyed the painting so much that they practised a little too long and we ran out of time and they were not able to finish their journals. When planning a class, it is very important to second guess numerous aspects of that class. Materials, cost, instructions, class numbers, length etc. I think I got everything right except for the length of time. Therefore the next opportunity which is around the corner I will be teaching this exact class but extending the time to 3 hours.

I will be teaching the Urban Doodles Journal class at the Sewing by the Sea retreat held yearly in Ocean City, Maryland. Wish me luck.

Urban Doodles and Banners Of Hope

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Urban Doodles Banner Sample

My latest Banner of Hope banner sample.

The Banners of Hope project I am working on for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show in Anaheim January 2014 has taken on a life of it’s own. I believe I mentioned joining the Fabric Arts Council of  CHA this past July. Well that first meeting set me on a journey that will take me well into 2014. At that meeting we discussed  the possibility of sponsoring an event that would provide excitement, education and marketing potential for the fabric arts and our fellow CHA members.  We knew we needed to be inclusive as fabric art is one medium mixed into the melting pot of all things crafty. Getting started was easy….we decided we would feature fabric as the base for crafting projects.  The project/event was the next item on the agenda. What would or could we do with only months to plan and execute such as event?

I had a meeting with Elena Etcheverry from Charity Wings at CHA Summer 2013 as I had wanted to do something with her at the brand new Charity Wings Art Center in San Diego. I believe it is a worthwhile enterprise and hoped to teach a class or help at an event while I was in California for CHA 2014. It was at that meeting that we first discussed working together with the Fabric Arts Council. I left the trade show and we reconnected a few weeks later. It was Elena that first brought up the concept of Tibetan Prayer Flags and that was all it took. After doing some research, writing up a proposal, attending numerous council meetings and making multiple changes to the original proposal we had Banners of Hope.

I have never been involved in something so big. It is honestly overwhelming at times as I feel such a huge responsibility to make this work. Luckily I have some wonderful people working  right alongside me and it will in the end come together and the good thing is every change that has happened thus far has made the project bigger and even better.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more to talk about as my Banners of Hope journey continues.

Banners of Hope Logo

Urban Doodles Cross Body Tote

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Urban Doodles Crossbody Tote by Lorine Mason

Urban Doodles machine embroidery designs are brand new and now available through OESD. The designs while great as is can be painted, inked or colored in with fabric markers and this is what I have done with this example. I used Dye-na-Flow to paint in the embroidered stitch-outs of the Lilies and then used additional dye to color in my background. Here is how I created my background fabric to create this fun tote.

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Using a paintbrush, water and Dye-na-flow, I first applied water to my background fabric and then dipped my damp paintbrush into the dye. I brushed the dye into the fabric and let it flow across the fabric. I continued adding water and dye covering the entire surface of  the fabric.

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Do not be afraid to add more dye or water to create the depth of color your desire.

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Let dry for 10 minutes and then lay paper towel across the surface of the wet dye and blot. Remove the paper towel and add a clean piece, blotting until the paper towel comes away clean.

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Sandwich the fabric between clean paper towel and press to set the dye. The iron should be set on cotton. Remove the paper towel and press once again.

Next I used a  Fabric Pen to create a crosshatch pattern across the surface of the painted fabric.

Choose your favorite pattern and cut out and sew your tote. I used a combination of embroidered, inked and painted fabric and a coordinating batik fabric to create my tote.

Urban Doodles Crossbody Tote Applying Studs

I finished off my tote with the addition of hot fix half ball studs. I added one to the top of each penned in crosshatch.

Urban Doodles Crossbody Tote Applying Studs CloseUp

Here is a close-up of the painting, crosshatching and hot fix studs. It’s a fun project and I hope you too enjoy painting your Urban Doodles designs and creating your very own totes, bags and purses.


Urban Doodles Flour Sack Tea Towels

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Urban Doodles Flour Sack Tea TowelsFlour Sack Tea Towel with Doodled Daisies

by Lorine Mason


Flour Sack Tea Towels

Embroidery pattern

Frixion transfer pen

Embroidery thread, needle & hoop

Rick rack trim


How to:

Press the tea towels once removing them from the package.  Choose a pattern for the embroidery. I chose to use one of my basic daisy designs.


Transfer pattern to the front of the tea towel using the Frixion pen

Transfer pattern

Add additional elements to the design by repeating the image, overlapping the images and adding doodled extras to the centers of the petals etc.

Doodle in the extras

Stitch around the designs outlines using a Back Stitch, and two stands of embroidery thread.

*Back Stitch Embroidery: To execute the backstitch, bring needle up at A, a stitch length away from the beginning of the design line. Stitch back down at B at the beginning of the line, bring needle up at C and then stitch back down to meet the previous stitch at A, and continue in this manner, working in a right to left direction.

Flour Sack Tea Towels Close Up

Fill in centers of flowers with French Knots and/or back stitched outlines using a contrasting color of thread.


*French Knots: Bring needle up at A. Wrap embroidery thread around the shaft of the needle. Insert point of needle at B, close to but not into A. Hold know down as you pull needle through to the back of the fabric.  * image shows wrapping embroidery thread around the needle two times, the embroidery thread was wrapped around the needle four times to achieve a larger knot in the projects shown.


Cut a length of rick rack 2” longer the width of the tea towel. Turn under raw ends of rick rack and sew to the back of the tea towel. Attach rick rack along the bottom edge of the tea towel using French Knots.


* To see diagrams of stitches go to http://www.clotilde.com/sewing_savvy.php



Urban Doodles Embroidery Designs

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Urban Doodles Embroidery Design Wall Art by Lorine Mason

My new line of sewing machine embroidery designs are officially available for sale and I decided that I would create a number of projects using various stitch outs of the designs. In this project I simply stitched out the tulips available in the Floral Fantasy collection #80030 onto a white canvas duck and then used Dye-na-Flow by Jacquard to paint in the flowers. There will be a video on my techniques coming soon.  Once the dye was dry and I had set in the color following the manufacturer’s directions I went shopping for a frame.

I found this one at a local craft store, I loved all the swirls and the fact that it was laser cut wood. While the frame would be quite easy to paint, I decided since the shelving in my studio is a natural color that I would leave it just as it came from the store.

I measured the back opening, giving myself an extra 1/4″ (the frame’s scrollwork cut outs allowed me only a 1/4″ so this is the number I used) and I trimmed my fabric stitchout using this measurement. I left the stabilizer on the back of my stitchout as I felt it gave the piece more body. Next I applied Sticky Lines a border adhesive to the back of the frames opening. I found this product perfect for my project but you may certainly use another brand of glue or adhesive product. I then simply pressed my stitchout into the adhesive and I was done. I used removable picture hangers by Velcro to hang my art on the wall in my studio.

Crafty Couture

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Urban Doodles by Lorine MasonI am getting set to head out to Chicago first thing Saturday morning. I have decided that I will not, for the second time only in my career as a free-lance designer, to have a showcase of my work displayed at the trade show. I have decided instead to focus on my Crafty Couture entry. The Crafty Couture display will have a central location on the trade show floor at the convention center in Chicago and will contain 20 dress forms featuring the design work of CHA designer members. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work in the middle of everything.
How did I decide where my focus would be directed?
I have been doodling forever but have refined my style over the past few years and this is a perfect example of what I can do with a black ink pen and some dye or paint. With my first love being all things fabric it made the decision of what to create so much easier. I chose a simple boat neck sleeveless dress design and an idea of what it might look like when I was finished. I am not one to sketch out designs, I tend to envision the possibilities and set to work. It always changes somewhat and that is what makes it fun.
I used a dye called S.E.I Tumble Dye™ and a series of paintbrushes to ‘paint’ my dress. I am thrilled and only one thing could make it better. I wish I could actually wear the dress but alas the dress form and I are not the same size. My model is a dear family friend and she stepped right up and I love her for that. Thank you Jana, you are the best!


Urban Doodles & Kayaking

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Jocelyn and I on the Potomac River

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I was fortunate enough to be able to go kayaking with my daughter, Jocelyn. We quickly packed up and headed to launch the kayaks in nearby Algonkian Park. Jocelyn received her kayak as a birthday gift last month and her birthday wish was that I doodle a ‘tattoo’ on the side of it to make it even more special. I just love when my children like my work.

Kayak Tattoo

Here is a close-up of the results. She loves it which is the best. In fact, while launching the boats and preparing to take a quick photo for the blog, we met two lovely young girls, one of which asked if she could help with the photos. She turned out to be quite the photographer and snapped five photos before we even had a chance to worry about how we looked. Anyway I finally got it across to her that I was actually there to take a photo of the tattoo. She stopped and then came closer to look, immediately asking me for a card so that she too could have her kayak tattooed. You never know who you are going to meet. Stay tuned another business might be on the horizon.

Urban Doodles on the Road

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Recently I was asked to teach a 1/2 hour class to the ladies at our Northern Virginia American Sewing Guild’s annual meeting. I decided my foray into doodling might make a good class and hopefully the ladies would enjoy something different although still sewing related yet very different from traditional sewing based classes. We had a total of 81 ladies sign up for the event. The photo above is the project.

Why you might ask did I call it Urban Doodles…well I probably should have called in Suburban Doodles but that just sounded a little strange at the time. My good friend, Cyndi Hansen designed the logo for me and I love it…. Here I am just getting started.
I showed the project photo and the ladies could be heard collectively saying, I can’t draw or doodle what am I supposed to do with this. I reassured them – and moved on with the basics. My wonderful helpers from my local Sew n’ Sews group handed out cardboard templates of sewing machines and dress forms and we got started. The ladies traced their choice of outlines and I showed them how to outline the image and then divide it into sections using a ribbon like line.
Here are a couple of examples of pattern fills that a couple of the ladies chose for their design. I started getting a little worried as the room was so darn quiet I thought I had bored them to death. No, I was okay they were all concentrating on their work. I was awed by what I saw. These ladies apparently can draw.
Now this one is fun. The fabric piece underneath the drawn design is an example of doodling with fabric. Whether hand stitched, sewn by machine or simply fused to a backing fabric this is real fun!

Urban Doodles class at Northern Virginia American Sewing Guild Annual Meeting

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Recently I taught a group of ladies at the Northern Virgina American Sewing Guild’s annual meeting in Springfield, Virigina an Urban Doodles class. I call my version of the popular zen doodling style – Urban Doodles. We had a wonderful turout of 81 ladies and it was a blast. Here I am at the podium getting ready to get started. The project was a dressform or a sewing machine and I provided carboard tracers for everyone to start off the project.
Explaining the basic techniques was simple. Start with a pencil outline of the dressform, then outline the drawing with thick and thin lines. Divide up your design using a ribbon technique I like to use in my doodling.

Recently I was asked to teach a mini class or make it and take it at the Northern Virginia American Sewing Guild annual meeting and high tea event held in Springfield, Virginia. We had a total of 81 ladies register for the event. The photo above is the project I created to inspire and give the ladies a brief lesson in ‘how to’ create their own version of either the dressform or sewing machine using templates I handed out at the beginning of the event.

Canvas Hairband

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I made this cute hairband the other day as I am in dire need of a haircut and wanted to look like I knew what I was doing with my hair until I could get into see Corey and let him do his magic. Here’s how I made it:
Scraps of canvas duck cloth
Scraps of felt
12″ length of black 1/8″ elastic
Fusible web – I love Steam a Seam2
Puffy Velvet fabric marker by Marvy Uchida in black
Piece of scrap paper to make your pattern
Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
Getting started:
Wrap a tape measure around your head and measure appx two inches behind your ears. I got 20 inches but I think I have a fairly large head.
Fold your paper in quarters and set it on the table with the center fold on your top right. Using the measurement you came up with previously and measuring out from the center fold of the paper, place a mark at the measurement 1/2 inch down from the top edge. I used 10 inches.
Measure down 1 inch from the top right corner and place a mark. Starting at the fold, draw a curved line to meet the mark on the paper.
Cut along the drawn lines and open up the paper for a full size pattern. Make any adjustments you desire to the pattern. Create your own fun pattern…..
Press fusible web to the back of a piece of canvas duck slightly larger than your pattern. Trace the pattern onto the canvas and cut out using decorative edge scissors.
Remove the paper backing from the fusible web and press the canvas cut out to a slightly larger piece of felt being sure the felt extends 1/2 inch beyond each end of the canvas. Cut out leaving a slight border of felt extending past the canvas except at each end where you should leave 1/2 inch.
Top stitch the two layers together using black thread. (optional)
Now the ART: Use stencils, stamps or your imagination and a pencil to sketch, draw or stamps an image on your hairband. Trace over the lines using the Puffy Velvet fabric marker. Follow the manufacturer’s direction to heat the paint once it is dry and watch the magic.
Turn over each of the 1/2 inch ends of felt to the cover the raw edge of the canvas and top stitch close to the cut edge creating a channel for the elastic.
Thread the elastic through both channels on the hairband leaving the ends free. Try the hairband on for fit, pulling the elastic to a comfortable yet snug fit. Stitch elastic ends together and slide the stitched end in behind on channels.
Viola – you have a one of kind hairband….