It’s Sew Wild!

I’ve had fun reading an advance copy of Alisa Burke’s new book , Sew Wild. It’s beautiful and full of great techniques for fabric and more!

Now, I have to be honest, I don’t sew. I CAN sew, I CHOOSE not to. I learned how to sew the ‘right’ way and well, that pretty much took all the fun out of it for me. I learned quickly that I’d rather paint so I left sewing behind although my machine is still part of my studio. I did do a stint of sewing on paper that was fun, and when I took my machine in for a cleaning I got reprimanded for it-lol!

Where I’m  going with all of this is that I was very pleased to see how many of Alisa’s techniques can be used even for us non-sewers! It’s chock full of cool things that can be used without ever touching a machine! (shhhhh, don’t tell Alisa;-)

I chose to start with a wood carving project. I’ve never carved on wood and it’s a lot different than lino blocks, but fun and the carvings are very unique looking.

I did some simple designs to go along with the face I carved. The carving blocks and even tools can be found at Michael’s. I even used my lino cutters and they worked fine.

Now, to get around sewing something I found a cute little ready to decorate muslin apron at Michael’s as well. There is a whole isle of ready to alter clothing etc.

Here’s the begining of my apron, with some carved blocks, and thermofax screens.

I’m not sure if I’m done yet but loving it so far! Can’t wait to try some other techniques from the book. Be sure to check it out HERE.

10 responses

  1. Dear Pam, I want to tell you that I enjoy in your DVD (that I received as a prize at the Artful Gathering) and I am really impressed with the content. You’re a very good teacher and I’ll try your technique 🙂 Thank you very much!

  2. Looks fantastic Pam, I like your take on sewing as I was the same as you, taught but with a horrible, horrible teacher in school. I am a lefty and got my hands wacked with a ruler, every class, for sewing the “wrong” way.

  3. Pam,
    I love what you did with the apron.
    I too learned how to sew “right”. Even won a prize of some scissors
    many years ago. Now I look for the ready mades. I took Alisa’s painting on fabric class, but have not read the book.

  4. Beautiful! I love what you did. You carved wood. What a woman! Love the way you colored the apron. I love Alisa’s work and took a class from her earlier this year. I am not a sewer per se either. I have the book. I swear there is NO wood carving in that book. I must go back through and figure out what I missed as I just quickly leafed thru on the day it arrived. Thanks Pam.

  5. It amazes me how quickly you attacked that project and it is beautiful! Really love what you did and the colors are really my favorites. I’m in awe.

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