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Lace Jewelry with Lorine Mason

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Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

I will soon be travelling to beautiful Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada to attend and teach at the inaugural QH Retreat 2016. The Quartermain House is an historic bed and breakfast in downtown Fredericton. I am honoured that I will be teaching along side, Eileen Hull, Cheryl Boglioli and Marie Browning. Classes with include, 3D sculpture, hand lettering, jewelry, paper arts and hand painted espadrilles as well as the lace jewelry class. The event will open with a Friday night reception and classes will begin Saturday and continue through Sunday. Lunch will be provided by the kitchens at Quartemain House. Additional information is available at www.quartermainhouse.com

Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

Identifying specific design elements within lace yardage is the first step in the creation of a one of kind jewelry piece. This is followed by the careful dissection of the lace to create jewelry pieces through layering techniques. Preparing the lace and adding color is the next step. Finally the lace elements are accessorized through the addition of chain, ribbon, beads, charms and more. Students will have the opportunity to create more than one piece of jewelry in class; items such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The instructor will supply a variety of laces to choose from as well as an assortment of jewelry findings, embellishments, paint and other items necessary with the exception of supplies listed below. For more information regarding class pricing and availability in your area of the country contact Lorine directly at: masoncreation@msn.com

Supply List:

  • Jewelry pliers – small needle nose pliers
  • Scissors with sharp points suitable to cut fabric
  • Optional – beads suitable for stringing such as crystals, pearls, stones etc., as well as charms, metal accents and more. Note: the instructor will be providing an assortment of hot fix crystals, studs, beads, and metal accent pieces for use in the class.

ART KLOTH Welcome sign

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Art Kloth1 - Welcome to our Home

Welcome to our Home

 

By Lorine Mason

 

Supplies:

 

ArtKloth – 24” x 35” sheet

 

Fat Quarters – four coordinating prints and one solid

 

Fusible Web; Steam-A- Seam2  ( ½” & multiple 9” x 12” sheets)

 

Fabric Glue

 

Iron

 

Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter

 

Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies

 

Embellishments of your choice

 

How To:

 

Apply fusible web to the back of the fat quarters of fabric and cut out the following pieces from the coordinating fat quarters:

 

Print 1:  One 12” x 20” Door Frame

 

Print 2:  One 10” x 18” Doorway

 

Print 3:  One  7” square Window and  Three 1 ½” x 9” Doorway Panels

 

Print 4:  Multiple ½” strips to frame Window (cut on the bias if using a stripe print)

 

Art Kloth3 - Cutting

Cut ART KLOTH and fabric using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat for accuracy.

Art Kloth2 - Fusible Web Application

Press fusible web to the back of fabric pieces.

Cut the Art Kloth to measure 20” x 30”.  Press ½” Steam-A-Seam to the back of the Art Kloth along what will become the top edge. Remove paper backing and turnover 2” and press well. This will form a pocket to be used in hanging the finished banner.

 

Art Kloth4 - Fusing

Guide to layering and placement of fabric pieces.

Following the manufacturer’s directions, remove the paper backing and press each of the fabric pieces in place centering them on the front of the Art Kloth. Use the project photo as a guide to placement.

 

Sew around each of the fabric layers using the stitch of your choice. This is an optional step as the layers may simply be fused to the Art Kloth.

 

Art Kloth5 - Close Up of Stitching

Close Up of stitching options.

 

Use a die cut machine to cut out lettering or using a font from your computer, trace font onto fabric and cut out individual letters. Cut letters using a variety of the prints. Cut out each letter from the accent fabric.Place the letters, forming your message onto the front of the Art Kloth prior to removing the paper backing. Once you are happy with the design, carefully remove the paper backing from each of the letters and press in place. Repeat adding the second layer of accent lettering.

 

Embellish your banner using items such as; keyholes, wreath, buttons, door knocker, address numbers, doormat etc. Make it your own. Hint: Search for fun embellishments in the paper/ scrapbook and jewelry aisles of your local stores.

 

Art Kloth6 - Close Up Embellisments - Copy

Close Up of embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I would love to hear your comments.

Lorine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Making Jewelry from T Shirt Yarn

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Here is a sneak peek of the back cover of my latest book. Inexpensive supplies, basic techniques, wonderful color and fun projects. Whether you are an avid crafter or newbie; creating fun jewelry and accessory items from T Shirt strips makes for a creative afternoon.

I will be teaching a class on Jewelry & Accessory making at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim. We will be wrapping up a hairband, barrettes, ponytail holders and a bracelet during the class.

The book will be available for sale in early 2013. I am hoping to have advance copies in January. This book has been a work of love as I have been cutting up T Shirts every since I wrote the book, Fashion T Shirts in 2005.

Stay tuned for more information about Making Jewelry and Accessories with T Shirt Yarn.

Lorine

 

 

Rockin Smockin Pillow

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Rockin Smockin Pillow

‘Rockin Smockin’ Pillow Project

by Lorine Mason

Supplies:

2/3 yard 45” Fabric + Fabric scraps to cover buttons*

14” Square Pillow Form

Pattern

Two 1-1/2” Covered Buttons – shank style

Washable fabric marker or pen – two colors

Heavyweight upholstery thread and needle

Coordinating sewing thread and needle

Straight pins

Westcott® titanium bonded precisions scissors & Westcott® scissor mouse

Rockin Smockin Pillow Project Diagram

Rockin Smockin Pillow Project Diagram

Instructions:

  1. Trim your pattern using the Westcott® Scissor Mouse.
  2. Poke a small hole at each ● on the pattern.
  3. Place the fabric wrong side up onto a flat surface.
  4. Center the pattern on the fabric along left selvedge edge. Pin the pattern to the fabric, being sure not to pin through any of the ● markings on the pattern. Trim any excess fabric extending beyond the pattern at the opposite end using Westcott® titanium bonded precision cut scissors.
  5. Use the fabric marker/pen to mark the ● directly onto the back of the fabric.
    1. Remove the pattern and draw diagonal lines connecting the ● using the pattern as your guide. Alternate pen colors between rows. Note: marking the rows in different colors helps keep you on track when smocking. 
    2. Number the ● starting at 1 and ending at 56 along the first row, using the pattern as a guide. Optional: Continue numbering each of the four remaining rows, always starting with 1 and ending with 56.
    3. With right sides together, align the selvedge edges and stitch together using a ½” seam. Re-mark ● along seam line.
    4. Begin smocking, starting along the right side of the fabric with the wrong side up. Pinch together the fabric matching ● 1 and 2. Stitch through both ● three times.
      1. Moving diagonally across the fabric, repeat matching ● 3 and 4. DO NOT    cut the thread between stitches. Be sure to leave at least 1 1/2” of thread loose between stitches.
      2. Continue smocking the entire row ending at stitch 56.
      3. Move over one row and repeat until you have smocked a total of 5 rows. Note: taking the time to mark the rows in different colors assures you stay within a row when smocking. 
      4. Turn under app. 1/4” along one side of the pillow and sew through both layers of the fabric using a running stitch and long stitches. Start and end at the seam line.
      5. Pull the thread taught gathering the end of the pillow. Knot the thread securely by stitching into the fabric numerous times.
      6. Stuff the pillow form into the pillow, tucking in the corners of the form and gently stretching the smocking stitches.
      7. Repeat stitching and gathering the opposite end of the pillow; encasing the pillow form.
      8. Cover two buttons* following the manufacturer’s directions.
      9. Place buttons over the center gathers of the pillow; using a large needle and upholstery thread, sew buttons in place being sure to knot the threads securely.

*If covering buttons using the same fabric; purchase ¾ yard and trim 3” from one side of the fabric, set aside this strip to cover buttons. Alternate option; Use large decorative buttons or other items such as flowers, beaded jewelry etc. in place of covered buttons.

Directions and Diagrams provided for the’ Rockin Smockin’ pillow are the property of Lorine Mason and should not be copied without prior permission.

Eat your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan for Moda

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‘Rockin Smockin’ Pillow Project
by Lorine Mason
Supplies:
2/3 yard 45” Fabric + Fabric scraps to cover buttons*
14” Square Pillow Form
Pattern*
Two 1-1/2” Covered Buttons – shank style
Washable fabric marker or pen – two colors
Heavyweight upholstery thread and needle
Coordinating sewing thread and needle
Straight pins
Westcott® titanium bonded precisions scissors & Westcott® scissor mouse
Instructions:
1.     Trim your pattern* using the Westcott® Scissor Mouse.
2.     Poke a small hole at each ● on the pattern.
3.     Place the fabric wrong side up onto a flat surface.
4.     Center the pattern on the fabric along left selvedge edge. Pin the pattern to the fabric, being sure not to pin through any of the ● markings on the pattern. Trim any excess fabric extending beyond the pattern at the opposite end using Westcott® titanium bonded precision cut scissors.
5.     Use the fabric marker/pen to mark the ● directly onto the back of the fabric.
6.        Remove the pattern and draw diagonal lines connecting the ● using the pattern as your guide. Alternate pen colors between rows. Note: marking the rows in different colors helps keep you on track when smocking. 
7.     Number the ● starting at 1 and ending at 56 along the first row, using the pattern as a guide. Optional: Continue numbering each of the four remaining rows, always starting with 1 and ending with 56.
8.     With right sides together, align the selvedge edges and stitch together using a ½” seam. Re-mark ● along seam line.
9.     Begin smocking, starting along the right side of the fabric with the wrong side up. Pinch together the fabric matching ● 1 and 2. Stitch through both ● three times.
10.      Moving diagonally across the fabric, repeat matching ● 3 and 4. DO NOT    cut the thread between stitches. Be sure to leave at least 1 1/2” of thread loose between stitches.
11.      Continue smocking the entire row ending at stitch 56.
12.      Move over one row and repeat until you have smocked a total of 5 rows. Note: taking the time to mark the rows in different colors assures you stay within a row when smocking. 
13.      Turn under app. 1/4” along one side of the pillow and sew through both layers of the fabric using a running stitch and long stitches. Start and end at the seam line.
14.      Pull the thread taught gathering the end of the pillow. Knot the thread securely by stitching into the fabric numerous times.
15.      Stuff the pillow form into the pillow, tucking in the corners of the form and gently stretching the smocking stitches.
16.      Repeat stitching and gathering the opposite end of the pillow; encasing the pillow form.
17.      Cover two buttons* following the manufacturer’s directions.
18.      Place buttons over the center gathers of the pillow; using a large needle and upholstery thread, sew buttons in place being sure to knot the threads securely.
*If covering buttons using the same fabric; purchase ¾ yard and trim 3” from one side of the fabric, set aside this strip to cover buttons. Alternate option; Use large decorative buttons or other items such as flowers, beaded jewelry etc. in place of covered buttons.
Directions and Diagrams provided for the’ Rockin Smockin’ pillow are the property of Lorine Mason and should not be copied without prior permission. www.lorinemasondesigns.com

*If you are interested in a copy of the pattern, leave a comment asking for one and I will send you a pdf .

Lorine


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.