Free Stuff Friday: The Wild Edition!

Welcome to another edition of Free Stuff Friday! Happy first day of June! Today at Sew News we are in and out of the sewing lab, making fun projects for upcoming issues. We hope your Friday is also full of sewing and fun!

Just to brighten your day, we’re giving away a copy of Sew Wild: Creating with Stitch and Mixed Media by Alisa Burke and published by Interweave! In this book, Burke explains her messy and wild approach to sewing! She also includes an instructional DVD!

  Free Stuff Friday: The Wild Edition!

All you have to do to enter to win this fun and exciting prize is post your answer to the following question in the comments section at the end of this post:

Have  you ever created your designed your own fabric?? If not, what is your most creative idea for a fun print or color scheme?

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On the left side of this post are some of the prints that are featured in Sew Wild, just in case you need some inspiration!

We’ll randomly select one comment and announce the winner on Monday! Good luck and have an awesome weekend!

About Leah

I never thought growing up that sewing would become part of my life. My passions enveloped me into reading literature and spending hours crafting lines of poems and imagining larger-than-life stories. I loved being creative and dreamed of writing for a magazine one day. It wasn't until my freshman year of college that I came into contact with sewing and one of my current best friends, Erin. Erin and her mother taught me the importance of sewing and the freedom and creativity that comes with knowing how to sew. Throughout college, I learned everything from the basics of sewing to the huge challenge of quilting. As I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications last May, I discovered my multiple passions of sewing, crafting and writing. I am now thankful to be able combine my love of writing with my newfound joy of sewing.
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78 Responses to Free Stuff Friday: The Wild Edition!

  1. May Lee-Jarvis says:

    I think flames and glowing coals would be pretty wild, and wildly pretty.

  2. Robin says:

    Recently made an Art Quilt and needed some “sky” fabric. Naturally it was late at night….so I got out my watercolors and starting painting !! My Art Quilt turned out beautifully if I do say so myself. I love my 3-d palm tree with beaded coconuts and all the tiny seed beads used for beach sand.

  3. carolyn eldridge says:

    Have not had the glory of designing my own fabric, yet!!!! I dream of recreating a beautiful morning sunrise complete with the songs of the birds and the intoxicating smell of the earth awakening!!!

  4. Maria says:

    Life in the bottom of the sea—from fish to turtles to corals and seaweeds!

  5. Kim Monroe says:

    I haven’t but I’ve always wanted too. I would love to do a Rocky Mountains type theme.

  6. Heidi says:

    I have never created my own fabric, but am amazed at the selections, and creativity every time I walk into a fabric store, or read my favorite blogs and take a look at the samples. In my travels I love to pick up “regional” prints such at the print of Sitka, AL that I picked up a few years back …. Or the texas – themed prints that our local shops stock on a regular basis! <3

  7. Elissa Yost says:

    No, I have not designed my own fabric, but I’ve often thought of doing a tribute to famous artists such as Freda Kahlo or Van Gogh for my daughter. Not sure what could be done that wouldn’t infringe on copy rights, but it would be nice to make something for my daughter out of it.

  8. Beverly Belaska says:

    The swirling movements and colors made by soothing music(when you close your eyes and listen)

  9. Wanda says:

    Have not designed my own fabric, but this time of the year has me only thinking of one thing–the beach, with the sun setting on the horizon.

  10. Suzanne Ripple says:

    I would love to do flowers.

  11. Sew MD says:

    My granddtr and I are creating a material graphics now and hope to get it produced for a joint project. We are focused on faces as she is a portrait artist. I sew, she does the art, great collaboration.

  12. Nancy Derouen says:

    Closest I have gotten to designing my own is making crazy quilt blocks! But I am totally interested in color and texture. Have recently purchased a needle felting machine to incorporate yarn and MORE texture! Would love to have this book!

  13. Jan Long Connelly says:

    Have begun ‘over’ embellishing fabric designs with stitches, yarn, and beads- LOVE the look of ethnic colors with bohemian style paisley!

  14. liz weldon says:

    I AM CRAZY ABOUT making bags one christmas i made everyone in my family plus all my friends one,i embellished them with all kinds of things

  15. Sue Haver says:

    I would love to design my own fabric, and have dreamed of it many times. A little inspiration and guidance on the how to’s would be very helpful. I really like American west colors, Biblical themes, and vintage themes.

  16. Barbara Ann says:

    I have always wanted to dye my own fabric in colors from blue to yellows to greens in a swirl pattern. One of the things on my creativity bucket list.

  17. Dominique says:

    I did many years ago with my mother. It was sort of a French city streets print. I would love to do an aged sheet music print, like a collage of stained, torn, worn pages of music, with personal notations handwritten on the pages.

  18. andie says:

    I once took a fabric dyeing & painting class. We created many interesting designs on various pieces of fabric. Many of the ones I created resembled watercolor paintings, though some looked more like classic tie-dye.

  19. pat says:

    I want to create a fabric using photos of my dogs and birds

  20. Cathy says:

    I’ve never designed fabric. I think something black and white, with vaguely a vintage-postcard-Paris look and then pops of yellow….

  21. Ashley Urban says:

    I’ve not tried it yet, but I want to use a cross-section of a celery bunch to make a graphic rose print fabric. How fun would that be?!

  22. Lauren says:

    i have never made a pattern on my own fabric. i will usually adorn with beads, lace, etc. but that is usually on the finished garment. never before. this may be something to consider in the future b/c i have seen some cool things.

  23. Linda T says:

    I have never come up with any particular idea for my own fabric. Yesterday I saw some fabulous fabric created by a blind man. It was colorful, with an impressionistic feel. I think I need to push myself creatively.

  24. Carol Eschmann says:

    I love the bright colors and abstract patterns in the new fabrics. My only design experiences are tie dying tee shirts at girl scout camp. I guess when I think about it, I have also printed photos and used them in memory quilts.

  25. valeriec says:

    I have never created material but I love to mix and match it

  26. LisaVH says:

    I am always amazed at what others create and have never thought I would be able to do that myself. I am a Cali-girl stuck in Texas, so I would choose colors and shapes to remind me of the tall trees, rocky coastline and Pacific Ocean.

  27. Bernadine Pellicier says:

    I designed a cotton afghan featuring the image of the Twin Towers from a photo I took on a trip to NYC and added an acrostic poem I wrote called, “Always Stand Tall”. It hung on my office wall until I closed my brick & mortar business and started working from home. I didn’t have the equipment to weave the afghan, so I had it woven elsewhere. I still have the afghan safely tucked away:)

  28. Bernadine Pellicier says:

    I designed a cotton afghan featuring the image of the Twin Towers from a photo I took on a trip to NYC and added an acrostic poem I wrote called, “Always Stand Tall”. It hung on my office wall until I closed my brick & mortar business and started working from home. I didn’t have the equipment to weave the afghan, so I had it woven elsewhere. I still have the afghan safely tucked away:)

    Oops! I forgot to mention that I intended on making tote bags with this design but couldn’t due to health issues.

  29. Melissa Cox says:

    I love all things crafty but haven’t tryed designing my own fabric yet. Will be added to my “To Try List”! I think I would look to peacock feathers. I love the color changes in the tones.

  30. Tracy Enos says:

    I have never designed my own fabric. If I did it would probably be some dark and light contrasting pattern.

  31. Dell M says:

    I have never designed or created fabric. I love to design a unique text fabric.

  32. Sally Hobbs says:

    I love daisies and sunflowers. I really think the flower of every state would be a real challenge.

  33. Audrey says:

    Best I’ve done to create my own fabric has been with dying, or tie-dye. Guess that is creative in that you tie/scrunch fabric to get appealing patterns. Love to sew.

  34. I did some batiks ————years ago——-. May be something to do again this summer.

  35. Lynda W says:

    I have never designed my own fabric. I think anything bright and geometric would be nice.

  36. Kathryn Knox says:

    I would like to be able to buy fabric with major cities skyscrapes and then quilt it…also favorite vacation sites like Gulf Shores,Al

  37. Mart Mac says:

    No I have not ever designed my own fabric. I would use purple, yellow, greens and dragonflies

  38. Marcy Maurer says:

    I’ve done paper over muslin with paint.

  39. Laura P says:

    I printed out photo’s of my parents from their 50 years of marriage on fabric to create a memory quilt….so I guess I created my own fabric prints.

  40. Wendy Graves says:

    I love sewing costumes, theater grade and otherwise! I recently did a medieval costume for a young boy, researched his family crest and re-created the crest using satins, trims and fabric paint. It was a work of art!

  41. Christine says:

    This looks like just the book I need to create amazing and unique pieces :) I want to go rogue and ‘sew wild!’

  42. I”ve never done it but I would like to try my hand at something black, white and gray.

  43. Angela Cianfaglione says:

    I have not created my own fabric but I have put together different patterns to finish some projects because I didn’t have enough fabric. I like something a little wild like animal print with stripes picking up a matching color for a uniform look.

  44. S Thompson says:

    I made a Christmas tree vest with lots of stitches, beading & embellishing(rick rack,silk ribbons etc.).

  45. Sewliloquies says:

    I’ve designed a lot of fabric, but never actually been able to make my designs a reality. Recently, I designed a Victorian-like tea rose fabric, which I planned to use for a new fashion line I’m designing. I love the realistic illustrative look.

  46. Jennifer Berg says:

    I have not designed my own fabric, at least not on purpose. I am always trying new things with my projects. I love the idea of a map quilt showing the region around our home. I have accumulated a few of the fabrics I need but I am looking for some others that I can’t do with out. I think I will construct the barns and covered bridges because I want those to represent actual structures you see on the way to our home. I would love to have this book for inspiration, so I hope I win.

  47. Melonie Bushey says:

    I have many times. Most recently I made fabric using comics from the Sunday and laminating it to water resistant baby fabric. I then used this new fabric to make a raincoat for Linus, my little doggie friend.

  48. joan Dahl says:

    I haven’t designed my own fabric but have saved lots of painting my grand children have made and have wanted to print their designs of fabric.

  49. Carol says:

    Yes.
    I started designing fabric for personal use in the late 70′s early 80′s.
    I’ve had a love affair with threads and fibers since I was a toddler.
    The older I get the more passionate I become when it comes to fiber arts.

  50. Roberta says:

    I haven’t designed my own fabric design, but it would be fun to try it!

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