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Monarch Butterfly Wall Hanging

Posted in Art Work, and Sewing

Sometime ago, I found the most beautiful Monarch butterfly wing fabric. It was a little remnant that I fell in love with. Unfortunately, that was all there was left …..just that little remnant. Just enough to make a border for a small quilt or wall hanging. I've had an image in my mind and finally got to work on making that image a reality.  Below is the butterfly painted on lavender cotton.

  Monarch painting on fabric

I used a heat sensitive pen to sketch out the butterfly, then painted it with Jaquard acrylic fabric paints.  You can see the butterfly wing fabric on the lower right.  Below the border is sewn on, it's sandwiched with batting and a backing, pinned, and ready for quilting.

Monarch butterfly painted and ready to quilt   sibstudio blog

I used free motion stitching and mimicked the fanciful flitting that butterflies do as they move from flower to flower.  The border is quilted to loosely look like a the monarch wing.  Here is the finished wall hanging:

Monarch butterfly wall hanging by kathy sibley

That is all there is left  of the butterfly wing fabric. It turned out exactly as I had pictured.  : )  You can find this at my SibStudio Sewing  shop.

Second Shop: SibStudio Sewing

Posted in Sewing

I'm back!  I've been working on getting a second shop up and running on Etsy. I forgot how long it takes to set up a new shop – banners, writing policies and welcome messages, writing out the description of new items…..  And now my second shop is open and I am working on loading items into it. 

What's in my new shop about you ask?  I've been sewing most of my life and started playing with  painting and fabrics together a years ago. I had a few painted purses in my Etsy shop and I wanted to expand on that idea.  The results ?  SibStudio Sewing is now a new shop on Etsy.   I have a number of new items that  need photographing and descriptions written. Over the next week or so I will be adding new inventory to the shop and will adding more weekly.

I will continue to paint canvases, wine glasses, etc for my SibStudio shop and locally.  I have new artwork to load on SibStudio shortly as well.  I'll be blogging about both here. The thought of trying to write for two blogs and two twitter accounts is overwhelming and, really, do people manage to do that?  I know how that will work out for me……. disaster!  That was part of the reason I named the new shop with the SibStudio branding, to make it easy. One blog and one twitter account to handle both  SibStudio shops. 
Do any of you have more than one shop of selling venue ? Any tips on handling multiple online shops?

A New Project

Posted in Sewing

I am in the process of opening a second shop at Etsy: SibStudio Sewing. I will continue to paint and add new artwork to my SibStudio art shop. I wanted to separate out the fabric work from the painted work in my shop.   This new shop showcase my designs, and my twist on a sewn project. I've been sewing for years and have been incorporating painting into my sewn creations. I'll be giving you all a peak into what's coming  over the few weeks, as I work towards the grand opening. : )

I needed to create labels for my items.  The first label I wanted is for  wall hangings that I am working on.  I used a sheet of photo fabric  – cotton fabric attached to paper for feeding through a printer. By using the mail label template in Word, it was a snap to print out a sheet of labels.

SibStudio Sewing labels for SibStudio don com

One of the last steps is to run the label under water. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ink held up well and there was no smearing or fading. I'm not sure the labels will hold up in the washer, but for a wall hanging, they work well.

SibStudio Sewing labels for SibStudio don com

I kept the initial label simple for now. But you could add a logo or small artwork to the labels as well. Stay tuned for more updates, more paintings, and more peeks behind my easel.