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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Fabric Elements by Fabric Editions

Reported by Maria del Pinto

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

At the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, Fabric Editions launched Fabric Elements mixed media and fiber art kits with mixed media artist Rebekah Meier. (Fabric Elements was later announced as the winner of the Fabric & Needlecrafts category of the 2015 CHA Hot Products awards.)

Meier is well-known for her ability to create beautiful mixed media collages and fiber art pieces.

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier
Rebekah Meier

The new line features elements from Meier’s various Fabric Collage techniques. The product line includes embellishments, stencils, tags, printed tissue paper, and lace trim.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

There are also 12 different fat quarters to choose from.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

The Fabric Elements collection includes three kits that are very reasonably priced at $16.99 each.

Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers

Meiers’ darling projects really show the potential of her new product line:

BurlapCollage_Canvas
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.
Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers (photo provided by fabric editions)
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.

Fans of Rebekah Meier’s techniques  and mixed media will be able to enjoy this product line and the various choices available to them at craft stores soon. Meier is also due to release a technique book that can be used with the various elements of the product line.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this new line, just leave us a comment below!

Project | Cross Stitch Card

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Long before I was a scrapbooker, I was into cross-stitch. I’ve long been familiar with the concept of adding small pieces of cross-stitch to my paper crafting projects, but up until now I’ve not done it because combining Aida fabric with my paper projects takes extra steps to protect the fabric from fraying and adhere it.

But then this book from Annie’s Paper Crafts landed on my desk, and I discovered that there is a material that I’d never heard of before that makes it easy to make a cross stitch card: perforated paper.

Easy Cross-Stitch Cards cover

The book was Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags, which contains 27 cross-stitch projects that are designed to be made with perforated paper and then finished into cards and tags using paper crafting supplies.

The projects are small enough to finish in a few hours of stitching. I made this sympathy card in a few evening sessions. Assembly instructions for most of the projects are detailed and also simple enough for even inexperienced paper crafters.

Cross-stitch Sympathy Card

Supplies:

Working with the perforated paper was surprisingly easy compared to working with fabric Aida. It doesn’t fray, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally catching a stray thread instead of the hole you are supposed to use. The only difficulty I had was that I had to be careful not to scrape the edges of the holes when pushing my needle horizontally to weave my thread ends in, or the paper would delaminate and the back layer would peel off.

The design of the patterns in the book are mostly very simple, using only a few colors. This is great for ease of stitching – and also for ease of modification of the color schemes. With only a few colors that you are working with, it’s a simple process to swap out colors from the pattern to create a different look and help make the patterns usable over and over. Below on the left are the three colors used for the sympathy card I stitched. On the right, are three possible substitutions that would create a more vintage – and metallic – look for the design.

Embroidery Floss

Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags contains patterns for a wide variety of occasions, and currently retails for around $10 on Amazon.com.

Review | The X-Zone Cross-Stitch iPhone Case Kit by Coats & Clark

Reported by Maria del Pinto

A new cool cross-stitch iPhone case kit that allows me to personalize my iPhone case is the latest trend in iPhone related crafting products.

iPhone Cross Stitch Case Case by Coats & Clark

Coats & Clark offers a fabulous one that lets me decide how I want my case to look.

First, lets review what comes in the box:

  • A silicone iPhone case (fits iPhone 4 and 4s)
  • An assortment of embroidery thread in six colors
  • An embroidery needle
  • An instruction and pattern book.
iPhone Cross Stitch Kit Contents from Coats & Clark

The kit offers enough supplies to create one of the designs offered in the pattern book.

iPhone Cross Stitch Kit Coats & Clark Pattern Chart

The pattern book itself is pretty straight forward.  It offers a short tutorial on how to do the various stitches, and how to read their patterns.  This is helpful for a novice crafter who is new to cross-stitch. The four patterns are very easy to read.

The silicone case is what I really like.  I liked the texture of the case.  The stitching holes are placed strategically to make cross stitching a design quick and easy.

iPhone Cross Stitch Kit silicone case from Coats & Clark

The instructions offer two blank templates so that you can create  your own cross-stitch or embroidery design for the iPhone case.  Some embroidery stitches would not work on this case but if you stick to the simpler ones, it can be done.

I chose the black design because it reminds me of “Blackwork” stitchery.  Since everything is included in the kit (except scissors),  it was pretty easy to take the kit with me to work on while waiting to pick up my daughter from one of her activities.  I made some changes from the Coats & Clark design to suit my personal design aesthetic.

iPhone silicone cross-stitch case kit from Coats & Clark

I showed this kit to my teenager, who loved it and wanted one of her own.  She has not shown a real interest in doing cross-stitch before, but the chance to create her own design won her over.  I personally liked the kit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to create something unique for their iPhone 4 or 4s.  There are several other iPhone stitchery case kits available from different manufacturers but this one is the one that impressed me the most.  The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow which makes creating the cover fun to do.

Pros:

  • The instructions are well written and easy to follow.
  • There are enough supplies that if you make a mistake, you still have enough thread to finish the project.
  • You can personalize it and make up your own design.

Cons:

  • Sadly the name that the manufacturer chose for this kit makes it very difficult to do a Google search to find the product at the best price.  There is nothing in the product title that will pick up on a search for a personalized cross-stitch iPhone case kit. So you would have to search by it’s name  “X-zone” instead of “cross-stitch cellphone” case kit.  Even searching by the “X-zone” name will pull up a lot of unrelated sites.  That can be frustrating when trying to find a vendor to purchase it from.
  • The embroidery colors offered are mostly pastels, which conflict with the color of the silicone covers.
  • The instructions were not completely accurate on the pattern I choose but I easily adjusted it to suit the number of holes available on my cover.

So what do you think about the trend to personalize cellphones? What method do you prefer?