Friday, April 30, 2010

A Different Canvas

"If art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way
that appeals to the senses or emotions, then the world might agree
that the Giotto and Morris pieces are both fundamentally works of art.
How then did Western cultures come to
assign greater value to a painting than a textile?"
Liz Harger

A Different Canvas: Series Prologue - Liz Harger - "This is the first in a number of inter-related posts, in which Venetian Red explores aspects of artist-designed textiles."

A Different Canvas: Raoul Dufy - Liz Harger - "Dufy’s textile designs are where he manipulates the decorative into sensuous and ecstatic works...Poiret saw no distinction between the fine and applied arts; he saw art and fashion as indivisible."
A Different Canvas: The British Abstractionists - Liz Harger - "While primarily known as sculptors and painters, the British “Abstractionists” Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), and Henry Moore (1898-1986) also designed a fair number of textiles...Nicholson, Hepworth, and Moore were eager to experiment with textiles; they all considered designing for the applied arts to be a legitimate part of their artistic output."
A Different Canvas: Charles Burchfield's Landscapes for Interiors - Christine Cariati - Burchfield is " interesting variation on the theme of established artists venturing into textile design and yet another example of the fruitfulness of embracing both decorative and fine art."
Other textile related posts include:
Poetic License": A Joan Schulze Retrospective" - Liz Harger
Stripped Bare: Amish Quilts at the de Young - Liz Harger
Hmong Appliqué - Liz Harger
Inner Sympathy of Meaning - Liz Harger
Venetian Red Notebook: Kuba Cloth, the Geometry of the Labyrinth - Christine Cariati
Ethnography by the Bay, Textiles - Liz Harger
Venetian Red in Berlin: Ethnological Arts from Azerbaijan - Liz Harger
Tomorrow's Headlines? Oil and Textiles in Daghestan - Liz Harger
My Own Piece of Paradise: Uzbeki Suzanis - Liz Harger

Monday, April 26, 2010

COMMENTARY: Disrespect of Artists by Artists

"I rarely lose my temper, and only then when someone talks down to me,
or when I see people treating other people with disrespect."
Sandra Bullock [emphasis added by me]

Many posts to various lists from time to time reference disrespect shown to textile artists – primarily in terms of the way textile art is returned from venues (e.g. crammed into too small boxes; box being poorly sealed; etc.), the way textile art is sometimes displayed at venues, and the lack of security at some venues which has allowed the artwork to be stolen, mutilated (in one instance a piece was slashed to steal an antique button), or fingered. This is aside from the general lack of respect for the medium itself that often is encountered.

While all of these and similar incidences are distressing, it is the utter lack of respect that textile artists sometimes display toward each other that I find to be particularly disturbing. A recent occurrence provides a good example of this.

The venue for a highly publicized and critically acclaimed exhibit held a reception that was attended by 65 of the artists (who flew in from all over the country) as well as by more than 600 guests. The energy and excitement was palpable.

What is unbelievable is that several of the artists brought with them to the reception work that they had created for a totally unrelated exhibit and had the audacity as well as the unmitigated gall to proceed to display them on the floor of the exhibit space. This not only: 1) blocked access to the artwork that was legitimately part of the exhibition; 2) intentionally deflected attention away from the art that viewers came to see; but also 3) confused viewers because the subject matter clearly did not relate to the theme of the exhibition.

The brazenness and absolute arrogance with which this occurred is astounding (those extra quilts clearly did not bring themselves to the exhibit, they did not position themselves in the exhibit space, and no permission to do so was sought). The impertinence of it all and the contempt this action expressed toward the museum, the artwork on exhibit, the other artists and the curator is reprehensible. How low can you sink? How self-serving and narcissistic can you be? How pathetic is the need to stroke one’s own ego at the expense of fellow artists?

What possible rationale could these offenders offer that would justify this offensive and discourteous behavior? From my perspective, there is none. What I wonder is if such a cavalier attitude would have been displayed if the exhibit venue had been…
  1. The Renwick or Quilt National?
  2. The High Museum or the National Quilt Museum?
  3. The Museum of Modern Art or the International Quilt Study Center and Museum?
  4. The Museum of Arts and Design or the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles? 
  5. The Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum?
I think not.

I still find myself in the throes of utter disbelief that this occurred. Not only was it highly offensive to all parties affected, it was extremely unprofessional.

I believe that quite a few people are owed a sincere and abject apology.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Disastrous State Budget Cuts Proposed for the Arts

Be afraid.

Be VERY afraid!

Many state agencies are now in process of considering draconian budget cuts to the arts. Legislators in two states, Georgia and Virginia, are in process of deciding whether or not to totally eliminate their state arts agencies, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Particularly interesting is the fact that the same budget eliminating the Georgia Arts Council includes $10 million for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Along the same line, the Florida Senate has recommended funding its Division of Cultural Affairs at the level of $0.00 which, if agreed upon by its House of Representatives will effectively eliminate it. Concomitantly, the House has recommended a 50% reduction in funding for Arts and Cultural Grants which already were cut by 92% over the past few years.

Not to be left out, the 2011 budget proposal by the Governor of Arizona moves ten million dollars from the Arizona ArtShare Arts Endowment Fund which would effectively deplete it, and the budget proposal of the Governor of Michigan eliminates the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries.

In Minnesota, the Governor proposes to cut the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and Regional Arts Council (RAC) system by 33% in 2011 and 66% in 2012. All general funding support for the arts would be eliminated by 2013 and the State Arts Board would be converted to a private corporation. In addition, the proposal also eliminates all appropriations for public broadcasting.

Under the 2010-1011 budget proposed by the Governor of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts grant-making funds would be cut by $6.5 million along with an additional $600,000 cut to its administrative budget.

The Nevada Arts Council budget was $2.5 million in 2008, but for 2010 has been reduced to $1.3 million with more cuts anticipated during the current special session of the legislature.

Under consideration at the State House of Maryland is a $6 million cut in state arts funding, and New Hampshire has already cut $428,00 out of the Arts Council's state-appropriated grants budget.

What is happening in your state?
If you don't check it out and do whatever you can to support
continued funding for the arts, you may find yourself
without a state arts advocacy agency and with
no source of funding for individual artist grants. 





New York




New Hampshire

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mira's List

Mira Bartok is an author/artist who speaks at universities and conferences
about grants and other opportunities for people in the arts.
Her full professional bio can be read at the bottom of her blog.

Mira's List is Mira Bartok's blog and is devoted to providing artists with "...up-to-date information, resources and deadlines for grants, fellowships and international residencies. Money, time and a place to create."

Mira unequivocably states that her blog " for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. " If you have any burning questions about any of these topics, she is the one to contact. For example, a recent post provides Tips on Funding Artist Residencies and addresses many hidden costs that you may not have considered in your budget or erroneously assumed were covered if you received a grant:

Mira's List Blog

FAQ's: Grants

FAQ's: Residencies, Artist Colonies, Retreats and AIR's

Friday, April 16, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 7

As promised, following are the remainder of the tutorials discovered since January...
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 6
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 5
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 4
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 3
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 2
Textile Related Tutorials - Part 1

KnitPro - Not a tutorial but a free web application that translates digital images (JPEG and GIF files) into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Just upload your image and it will convert it for you.

The Magic of Cyanotype: Blueprinting Instructions - Also gives care instructions, tips for printing and troubleshooting information

Cyanotype on Fabric - Tyler Hewitt - Not a tutorial, but Tyler shows the results of his experiments with cyanotype printing on different colors of fabric. You are not limited to only having blue colors and tones!

Making Paper Cloth - Katherine Sands

Burying Your Quilting Threads - K. Grace Howes - 4-minute video - A super easy way to bury thread tails after free-motion quilting, especially if the thread tails are too short to manage

Facings: An Alternative to Traditional Bindings - K. Grace Howes

Making a Quilt Hanger - 1+-minute video - How to make a quilt hanging system with pullies, cord, a straight board and clips - not a step-by-step guide.

Using a Bead Loader for Quilt Embellishment - Trish Stuart - 3:34-minute video

Reverse Applique Using Fusible Tread - Trish Stuart - Step-by-step instructions with close-up pictures

How to Set up Your Bobbin Correctly for Bobbin Work - Trish Stuart

Bobbin Work: When Threads are too Thick for the Needle - Sharee Dawn Roberts

Sewing Crazy Curves without Pins - Elisa Wilson - 1:51 video

Curved Piecing for Art Quilts - Alicia Merrett - Three 8 to 9-minute videos - How she pieces free form curves
Lutradur and Lace - Carol McFee - demonstrates how to achieve a textured surface

Out of the Cupboard: A Fascination with Foil - Several surface treatments to create backgrounds
Why and How to Sew with a Scant 1/4" Seam Allowance - Marci Baker - 8-minute video

Mitered Binding for Different Angles - Marci Baker - 7:41-minute video

Piped Binding Instructions - Trish Stuart - Step-by-step instructions with close-up pictures

Applying Foil to Fabric Using Plants - Trish Stuart - 5:42-minute video

Piec-lique Basic Circle - Sharon Schamber - Step-by-step instructions with close-up pictures

Binding Technique - Sharon Schamber - Step-by-step instructions with close-up pictures

Beading on Quilts - The Basics Part I - Angela McIntyre - See page 3 - (NOTE: Part II will be available in their next issue)

Art Fabric: Create Your Own Using Lumiere Metallic Paints - Angela McIntyre - Using metallic paints to give glimmer and shine to everyday fabrics - See page 6

Removing Excess Rust: Direct Method - K Baxter Packwood

Removing Excess Rust: The Soak Method - K Baxter Packwood

Indigo Dyeing Safety Instructions - K Baxter Packwood

Folding Quilts on the Bias - Rose Marie - to maximize storage & eliminate fold marks

Spring Cleaning for Your Sewing Machine - Weeks Ringle

Mitering Borders - Jackie Robinson - 2-minute video - the simplest & easiest method yet!

Citrasolv Photo Transfer Tutorial - Lyric Kincaid

Editing Quilt Photos: Part 1 - Anita

Texture Magic Tutorials - Patsy Thompson
Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style. A Mini-Lesson - Jane LaFaziko

How to Shade - vidcast - Pam Holland

Marbling Fabric the Easy Way - Kay Sorenson

How to Make Your Portfolio iPhone Compatible - Dani Jones

Orientation to Color Mastery - Maria Peagler - This is the first chapter of her book Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts

Metallic Painting Effects - Vicki Welsh

Embellisher Cords - Sue Bleiweiss

Circle Stitching - Terri Stegmiller

How I Made my Design Wall and Fabric Storage Shelves - Kay Sorensen

Two Color Gradation with Fiber Reactive Dyes - Terri Stegmiller

Windows and Sketches Workpage - Sarah Ann Smith - Sarah shares the template for a design exercise: "One fun exercise is to give yourself 30 minutes (at most!) to fill the 12 small boxes on a page. Fill each square with a different “something” from around your house and garden; for a change of pace, take your sheet (or another one!) into town, walk in a park or look at the downtown buildings, and look for images that might make good quilting designs."
She also provides a filled-in example to show how she uses it
Stitched Pigma Pen Leaves - Natalya Aikens

Marval/Shiva Paintstiksk - Carol Clasper

How to Make Inchies - Carol Clasper

Printing with Leaves - Sarah Ann Smith - also explains how to preserve them with glycerin

Preserve Leaves for Winter Printing - Larissa Davis - Requires you to register

Emboss with Mistyfuse - Larissa Davis - Requires you to register

How to Make a Fabric Leaf - Judi Wellnitz

Goldwork: Basic Couching Techniques - Ruth O'Leary

Goldwork: Couching with Color and or Nué - Ruth O'Leary

Rod Pockets - Leni Wiener

Artists Shorthand - Water - Leni Wiener - how to depict water

Using Unexpected Fabrics - Leni Wiener

Taking Photos for Art Quilts - Leni Wiener

Building (seemingly) Complex Figures in Fabric - Leni Wiener
Light and Shadow - Leni Wiener

Depicting Light and Shadow - Leni Wiener

Three Tips for Better Composition - Leni Wiener

Quilt Carrier - Leni Wiener

Monday, April 12, 2010

Textile Book Authors – Do you know about the GBS?

GBS is the abbreviation for the Google Book Settlement which has far reaching ramifications for authors of books written in the English language that were published before 2009.
"The Google Book Settlement could easily be the twenty-first century's most important shift in how we deal with copyright in the world of publishing."
                    Google Monster - Asaf Hanuka

  • The Google Book Search project - for the past few years, Google has been scanning millions of books in the collections of major research libraries. The goal was to index the books' contents in order to provide snippets of information and to make up to 20 percent of the book available in response to search queries.
  • However, in addition to the rare and out-of-print works that were digitized, millions of copyrighted works were digitized as well. The Author's Guild and the Association of American Publishers along with a few authors and publishers sued.
  • Google decided to settle out of court and in response to variety of complaints, a new GBS version (now known as GBS 2.0) was produced. This version is now in process of being evaluated by a judge.
  • Authors that "claim their books" are entitled to receive a licensing fee of $60 per book.
  • There are many that think this settlement has many disturbing elements, including collection of detailed records about reading habits, no protection from censorship or alteration of book content.
The following article gives a lot of detail about the ins and outs of the suit and its ramifications:

5 Ways the Google Book Settlement will Change the Future of Reading

Saving the World from Google: Public and private interests band together to fight a deal that, they say, would destroy competition on the internet - Tom McNichol


Google Book Settlement - This is the settlement administration website for the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. From this site you can claim your books - the form must be completed on or before March 31, 2011. (NOTE: the deadline for filing an objection to the settlement has already passed)

FAQs about the Google Book Settlement

The Future of Google Books: Our Groundbreaking Agreement with Authors and Publishers

Friday, April 9, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 6

I didn't expect to post another list of tutorials for several months, but the resources keep rolling in. There are so many that I'm having to split them (Part 7 will be posted next week).

Free Motion Quilting Filler Project - Leah Day - This is the motherload of ideas and designs for free motion quilting that she is sharing for free!!! Leah has the goal of compiling and making available 365 different designs. To day, she has completed 128. Each design is accompanied by information about its Inspiration, Difficulty Level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), Directional Texture, and Suggestions for Use. Addtionally, Lean includes a video showing exactly how its done.
Note: You can sign up to receive email updates about new patterns on her blog:
Free Motion Quilting Designs - Patsy Thompson has also made some design patterns available as PDF downloads.

Free Motion Machine Quilting: 67 Machine Stitching Tips and Motifs - Free e-book by Quilting Arts Magazine

Handbook of Really Freemotion Machine Quilting Designs - Melody Johnson
Blogging for Quilters - Dena Crain - Dena has written an insightful and information packed article on the do's and don'ts of blogging. Great info for those thinking about entering the blogosphere as well as for those of us already "on the playground".

Taking and Editing Photos for the Internet - Vicki Welsh

How to Make Blogger Pages Work for You (as an Artist) - Katherine Tyrell

How to Quilt a Face - Virginia Greaves

Thread Savy - Ellen Anne Eddy - Ellen has created a blog where she focuses on how to effectively work with the threads, supplies and equipment that can be both the joy and bane of free-motion embroidery.
4/13/10 - I've just learned that Ellen has very recently deleted this blog so that the links no longer work. Apparently she has moved the information to her new blog (see the following link), so please do a search on it to find the information.
Double Bias Binding - Ellen Guerrant - This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to "...make a perfect bias binding" in two extensive parts.
Seamless Quilt Bindings - Dena Crain

Preserving Points - Ellen Guerrant - How to prevent points that extend to the edge of a quilt from being covered or "chopped off" when the binding is applied.

How to Use Conductive Fabric to Create Your Own Custom Circuit for Wearables - Alice Planas - This is based on a process developed by Leah Beuchley and Michael Eisenberg

DIY Sewing Machine Retrofit - Micah - This was done to upgrade a Singer Inspiration 4210

Art Cloth Display Guidelines - Jane Dunnewold

Embroidering a Portrait - James Cummings - this tutorial demonstrates " to turn a photograph of a person into a redwork embroidered portrait".

Faux Chenille Interpretation Tutorial - Spontaneous Combustion - Arlee Barr

Leaf Tutorial - Arlee Barr

Fabric Collage Under a Sheer - Ken Smith

Layering - Ken Smith

Machine Embroidery - Ken Smith

How to "Trick Braid" Leather - This technique could also be easily adapted for use with many different textiles

7 Braid Mystery Belt - This technique is also adaptable for many textiles

Making Fabric Wings - Patrizia Cozzo

Flower Pounding - Kathleen M. Tenpas

Printing with Leaves - Sarah Ann Smith

Portable Quilt Design Wall - 32" x 32"

Large Design Wall - 6' x 4'

Design Walls - What they are and How I Build Mine - Lisa Call

Dyed Paper Towels for Paper and Fabric Arts - Debra Cooper

Self-Portrait Stencil - Debra Cooper

Frigid Piecing - Pat Coulter - This is a free online class on her technique for creating a very three-dimensional effect

Piecelique: Curved Quilting Technique - Sharon Schamber

Freeform Curved Piecing - Sarah Fielke

Easy Pieced Curves a la Fleming

Easy Circle Quilt Blocks - Alex Anderson - 7:11 minute video - This is a pinless technique for machine piecing circles and curves

Felting on Linen - Margaret Oomen - requires neither Embellisher nor felting needles

Working with Fantasy Film

Creating Faux Carnival Glass - Zeborah Loray

Dyeing Bright Colours - Sandra Wyman

Working on Texture When Dyeing - Sarah Ann Smith

How to Crochet - This is a series of step-by-step videos that teach the basics of crochet

How to Pack and Ship Your Quilt - Ellen Lindner

Fabric Collage - Ellen Lindner - Info about her construction technique & design inspiration

Perfectly Flat Quilts - Ellen Lindner - Blocking Technique

How to Shade - Pam Holland

Fabric Painting: 5 Surface Design, Paint, and Monoprint Techniques - free e-book from Quilting Arts Magazine

Painted Batting - Sue Bleiweiss

Stitched-In Corners Binding Tutorial - Cheri Sullivan

Foolproof Miters on any Width Binding - Sarah Ann Smith

Binding with Sheer Fabrics and Ribbons - Sarah Ann Smith

Facings as an Edge Finish - Sarah Ann Smith

Wholecloth Facing Quilt Finish - Brenda Gael Smith

How to Make a Kimono - Sam Lemieux

Pre-Tied Obi Tutorial - Sam Lemieux - click on the image to enlarge

Tansferring Patterns to Fusible Fabric - Michele

Discharging Dye for Surface Designers and Quilting - Bob Adams - 9:58 minute video

Pinless Painless Basting - Sharon Schamber

Stretching Fabric for Mounting Textile Artwork - Cynthia Wenslow

Mounting a Small Quilt on a Canvas - Sarah Ann Smith

Wood Embroidery - Bobbi Huelsmann

Marbling Fabric the Easy Way - Kay Sorenson

A Lesson in Block Printing - Lizzy House


Machine Needle Felting: Texturizing Fabric - Linda Matthews

Making Felted Balls - Judy Coates Perez

Making Felt Using Yarn and a Layer of Tulle - Linda Matthews

How to Paint Dryer Sheets - Linda Matthews

Machine Wrapped Cording - Linda Matthews
Textural "Fabric" Paper - Linda Matthews

Making Fabric Using Water Soluble Stabilizer - Linda Matthews

Printing on Sheer Fabric - Linda Matthews

Snow Dyeing Tutorial - Gayle McKay

Machine Fusion Fiber - C Findley-Harder
Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels Tutorial - Leaf: Fannie Narte

Transferring Patterns to Fusible Fabric - Michele Guthrie

Birch Pond Pattern: Fusing Lesson - Sarah Ann Smith

Banner Tutorial - Sarah Waterhouse - This tutorial is for making banners using T-Shirt transfers
Tutorial on Composition Elements – written for painters, it holds true for any 2-D art medium, including ours. It teaches and reinforces the fundamentals in a down to basics, fun way – done in the form of a slide show, addresses 30 subjects including: leading the eye; paths for the eye; positioning objects; block off the exit; and composition checklist, among others

Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery Tutorial

A Basic Guide to Embroidery and Hand Sewing - Dianne Lewandowski – 170 pages – a comprehensive guide

How to Make a Portable Cutting Mat Case - Christine Sews

Straightening Fabric Grain - Kimara

Video Library (online) of Hand Embroidery Stitches

Gelatin Plate Printing with Natural Dyes – Kimberly Baxter Packwood – YouTube vidcasts – 4-5 minutes each
How to Use Natural Dyes – Cheryl Kolander

Rust Solution Dyeing Tutorial – Sophie Geelong

Graduated Dyeing in Plastic Bags – Carol McFee

Tutorial for Dyeing Cotton Fabric

Folding Fabric - How to organize your stash so that the fabrics are uniformly folded (same width and length).

Shibori – Karen K Brito

Making Shibori Fabric Tutorial – Cozy Bendesky

Pole-Wrapped Tutorial (pictorial) – Rachel E. Pollock

All About Hand-Dyeing – Paula Burch – a variety of hand dyeing instructions

Janome Sew Mini Tutorial - Alma Stoller

How to Make a Hanging Sleeve for a Quilt - Gloria Hansen

Hanging Pocket - Beth Wheeler - "Tired of hanging sleeves? Try this quick pocket method—great for small to mid-size wall quilts, fabric collage, and mixed media on a fabric base."

Antique Pattern Library: Crochet, knitting, tatting, netting, embroidery, needle lace, beading and other needlework patterns – “This ongoing project is an effort to scan needlework pattern books that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our needlework heritage in our hands. These scans have been photoedited to make them more useful for needle workers, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.”

From Sarah's Bookshelf - Sarah Ann Smith - Sarah shares the 14-page bibliography she developed for her book Threadwork Unraveled. It is broken down into 10 categories, each of which can be downloaded separately if desired. They include: Art Quilting; Breaking Out and Stretching Yourself; Color; Decorative Stitch and Free-motion Embroidery; Drawing, Design Inspiration and Creativity; Hawaiian Applique; Machine Applique; Machine Quilting and Design; Miscellaneous Cool Stuff; and Painting and Dyeing Fabric.

Changing Color in Photoshop Using Elements Video Tutorial - Beth Wheeler

Make Your Own Spray Box - "If you love to use 606 Spray and Fix spray on fusible web for applique make your own spray box so it catches any over spray. It make clean up a breeze."

How to Make a Big Ironing Board

Machine Fiber Fusion - C Findlay-Harder
Metallic Painting Effects on Fabric - Vicki Welsh

Dyeing Yarn in 30 Minutes or Less - Melody Johnson

How to Unravel a Sweater to Recycle Yarn

Fabric Painting: 5 Surface Design, Paint and Monoprint Techniques - Quilting Arts Magazine - step-by-step instructions

6 Secrets of Successful Machine Couching - Carol Taylor

Dyeing with Natural Plant Material

Create Unique Prints with this Easy Technique - Making gelatin monprints on fabric and paper

Beautiful Bows - Joggles

How to Care for Vintage Fabrics: 36 Tips - Kim Kight

23 Things to Talk About in Your Art Newsletter

Business Plans for Artists: Here, I Did It for You!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Extreme Surface Design: Wooden Textiles

     Elisa Strozyk

    Elisa Strozyk

The art of Elisa Strozyk

Eisa Strozyk is a German textile designer who bonds wood veneer off-cuts to fabric to create pieces that seemingly have the drape and fluidity of ordinary textiles. Look at her amazing work:

Elisa Strozyk: Wooden Carpet

Wooden Textiles Add a New Dimension
Elisa Strozyk's Web Site

Friday, April 2, 2010

Extreme Surface Design: eTextiles

Ever mused about incorporating lights, sounds, etc. into your artwork? With the advent of eTextiles, it is now possible. The melding of electronics with fabric takes surface design into a different dimension. Whether you are a weaver or art quilter, textile designer or create art garments, the following list of tutorial resources (primarily developed by Lynne Bruning) will show you how to do it.

    Angelina Fusible Fibers with Conductive Thread Incorporated - Lynne Bruning
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Conductive Thread

Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using an Inkjet Printer - mikey77  

Conductive Glue and Conductive Thread: Make an LED Displlay and Fabric Circuit that Roll Up - mikey77 - Using conductive glue and conductive thread you can make LED displays and circuits on any flexible fabric.

Creating Stylish Conductive Fabric - Lynne Bruning - This is a method of creating your own conductive fabric from fusible fibers that will compliment your design project.

Fused Fabric with Conductive Thread - Lynne Bruning - A method of attaching conductive thread to a garment (or whatever)

Angelina Fusible Fibers with Conductive Thread - Lynne Bruning -

Yarn with Conductive Thread Core - Lynne Bruning

Machine Embroidery Covering Conductive Thread - Lynne Bruning

Flexible LED eTextile Ribbon Array - Lynne Bruning - Yet another method to create eTextiles and wearable computers: an easy sew flexible ribbon array for LEDs.
Conductive Thread Attached to Fabric Trim - Lynne Bruning

Weaving: Straight Circuits with LEDs - Lynne Bruning - This type of weave structure has the positive and negative traces on both selvedges (both the left and right side of the fabric), giving you more options for connecting to the power source.

Weaving: Clasped Weft with LEDs - Lynne Bruning
Clasped Weft Weaving with Conductive Thread and LEDs - Lynne Bruning - this article provides more extensive information about this process
Multi-Conductor Fabri-Cable Assemblies aka Conductive Thread Encased in Bias Tape - Lynne Bruning

Conductive Thread inside a Fabric Bias Tube aka Tubes of Conductiveness - Lynne Bruning - Great application when you can't, or don't, want to sew the conductive threads into your garment.

Fabric Paint Covering Conductive Thread - Lynne Bruning

Conductive Thread: Waxed - Lynne Bruning - When sewing by hand, conductive thread frequently tangles into a knot. Not only is this a nuisance, it slows down production.
Needle Felting Conductive Fabric - Lynne Bruning
Conductive Thread Wind-up - Lynne Bruning - Got some thread but too much resistance? Got some wire that's too thin? Need a special fashion look to complete your eTextile design? In a pinch to finish some soft circuitry?
You can view Lynne's art on her website or follow her blog: