A New Technique and Free Tutorial

Posted by on 13 March 2018 | 3 Comments

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I had fun recently trying a new technique - art yarn. This is my first attempt and I know I need some improvements but I'll work on those! In the meantime, I thought I would use the art yarn to make some sort of decorative fabric creation.

art yarn

My first attempt at Art yarn

I started out by collecting various threads and fabric to use.

coaster supplies gathered

supplies gathered for art fabric

I then couched the yarn in place using a zigzag stitch and variegated thread. I also used the variegated thread in the bobbin to make the underside interesting too. Then I added some decorative free-motion in between. Watch this short video clip of me in action!

Decorative Fabric

coasters decorative fabric created

my creative fabric completed

Perhaps I should have thought a bit more about what I wanted to use this creation for and made it a little wider! Because after it was made, I realized it would turn into some real fun coasters but alas, I had not cut the fabric as wide as it could have been. 4" coasters will suffice! Note: when creating this fabric with an idea of what you will use it for, make the area at least a couple of inches larger so often the edges are not complete or the section is just not large enough to cut from - of course, you can always add more!

coaster fabric ready to cut

Getting ready to trim it into coasters

To make coasters I cut the fabric into four 4" x 4-1/2" rectangles.....

coasters cut ready to edge

Coasters cut ready to finish off

.... and used some more of the art yarn to couch around the edges.

coaster finished

one finished coaster

I think that this purple fabric - just ripped raw - is a nice way to keep the four coasters together. What an ideal gift. 

coasters gift packed

Gift packed coasters

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  • Thanks Joan. Yes, I did use a very fine batting with backing fabric underneath. That stops it from puckering and the back can look amazing too - being coasters you really want the back to look good! Couching the edges is exactly the same as the other couching except you have a more directed line. I do find it easier to curve the corners as curves are easier to follow than 90 degree angles. Have a try, it is really fun.

    Posted by Ruth, 14/03/2018 12:32pm (5 days ago)

  • Ruth this is so cool! Did you have batting and backing under it too, or just the one layer of material? And how do you couch the edges? I've never even done couching before, well except to watch TV!! ;)

    Posted by Joan, 14/03/2018 12:19pm (5 days ago)

  • Boy! With just a little bit of effort you have created something really special there! I could imagine cutting out egg shapes and pasting them onto Easter cards, or ornament or bell shapes for Christmas cards, or in Red and Green cutting out Christmas tree shapes for Christmas cards. Or cutting out shapes to applique onto quilts, even though this is already quilted it would add some depth... It seems there are lots of things you could do with such pretty fabric! Thanks for the tip!

    Posted by Marsha, 14/03/2018 3:22am (6 days ago)

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