Friday Freebies Tutorials online

There are a few resources which I discovered this week. I hope you find them interesting and useful.

Storage of any craft material is always an interesting challenge and over on Wild Olive there is a creative solution to storing perle cotton.
Found with thanks via Needlework news.

Ann Bernard who has trained at the Royal School of Needlework has written a tutorial on Satin Stitch.

Anyone who has taken my Studio Journal course will recognise this easy watercolor and salt technique. This video demonstrates it well.

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.

Two tutorials to play with

It was Australia Day on the 26th but it is a public holiday today so happy holiday to all my Aussie readers.

Poking around Youtube I have discovered a couple of video tutorials I think readers might enjoy.
In this first video from LittleCanvas demonstrates how to make an art journal from paper scraps. I also like her storage system!

This second video tutorial also from LittleCanvas demonstrates a layered altered paper technique which produces a rich visual texture.

Friday Freebie – Cross stitch font

I was poking around Font Squirrel and found Costura a free cross stitch font which I could not resist sharing with my regular readers. If you are making digital Christmas cards or delving into the paper crafts you might want to download this as it is very appropriate for anyone who embroiders.

screenshot of font

This is part of a series where I post either free patterns or links to resources online that are useful for stitchers. All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.


The Advantages of keeping a Visual Journal

screenshot of websiteNo matter what you call them art journals, sketchbooks, visual diaries or my favourite studio journals, and no matter who you are , artist, fiber artist, web designer, etc the reason a designer will keep one is similar.

Ben Mounsey in his Core art skills series sets out to convince digital artists and designers that there is still a place for a paper based sketching and developing a recording practice. In Part 2, The Sketchbook, Ben offers advice on what to focus on, when you are out and about.

Much of what Ben says in Core Art Skills: Part 2, The Sketchbook can be applied to textile practitioners. Make yourself a cuppa and take 5 to improve your skills and pop over to read his article