Sunday, February 09, 2014


The theme for my February book page for the Purple Swap of the Fibre Fever group was 
My inspiration was Steampunk artist, Mike Savad.
Thank you, Mike!

I began by creating a patchwork block with a variety of batiks that I believed would 
compliment the brass and gold of the gears and keys that I purchased on Amazon
Then I got out my Paintsticks.
I used my swirl stencil, but I had to create stencils for the clock ovals. Once the paint had set, I added Roman and Arabic numerals to the clock and the large swirl using a fine point permanent Sharpie.

After embellishing the clock with gold beads, a variety of gears, and a random trinket that I had lying around, I added a piece of silk organza ribbon in hopes of creating the look of steal pipes.
Well over 20 years ago, my mother gave me a box of old buttons. 
It's always like a treasure hunt whenever I pull this box off the shelf. This time, I came across the coolest button that looked like a little cup. I attached it, stringing gold beads through the button holes. After  a few more gears and keys were added, I finished the edges with the button hole stitch.

On the back of each block I create for this swap,  I create a block in Photoshop that includes the block theme, the date and place it was created, and my signature that I have scanned into my computer. 
I print this on V V Print washable cotton fabric sheets which you can find here.

The completed block was happily received by Catherine in Australia. 
My March block is underway. 
The theme is "Doors and Gates" and will eventually find its way to Finland!