Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Installment One Clipped Yarn Fiber Art Quilt How To

We're making this little Artist Trading Card. I'll show you the step-by-step process in five installments. Today is Installment One.

Choose your design to be made into a quilt. I chose an old postcard for the picture in the middle.
Cut muslin the size of the finished project plus an extra 1/4"-1/2" for seam allowance. My card will be 2 12/" x 3 1/2" so my muslin is 3" x 4." Choose your yarn colors to match those in the original picture. Variegated yarns are the most fun and cost effective because of all the possible colors that can be gleaned from them.

Separate the strands of fiber that make up the yarn. To do this, hold both ends of clipped yarn and pop it. This loosens the fibers. Usually the strands will separate themselves as shown. If not continue popping the held ends. Hold one end of the yarn and gently pull out each fiber with the other hand. This is like separating embroidery floss. The tightly twisted yarn can be pulled after twisting it in the opposite way it's originally twisted.

Set up your separated yarn into an artist palette from which to "paint."

Cut yarn with scissors into about 1/4" lengths.

Clip the yarn into a fluff consistency. Turn your scissors horizontally and cut across and through the puff of yarn to get it very fluffy.

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