Friday, March 18, 2016

Jesus Loves Me... a fabric collection

The first song I learned as a child was the basis for my recent fabric collection.
It's a bright and happy group from Henry Glass Fabrics.

Here's a little peek- though there are lots more I can't show you until it releases
officially on Monday.

There's more and you can find it on the Henry Glass website
where we're having a fabulous giveaway...
leave a comment there or here to enter to win.

A combination of antique wood type printed on my old press, scissor cut paper done freehand, and some hand drawn lettering...


My neighbors and family can see their children in the fabric, too...
and even their cat!


When we buy something we don't always know what went into making that product. 
So I want to give you a peek behind the scenes...

The core of most of my work begins with cut paper.


I simply take a pair of scissors and snip freehand, using a simple sheet of ordinary paper, usually black because the high contrast scans very crisply.

Sometimes I play little games with myself to see how intricate I can be, how much emotion I can show, how lovely the simplicity art can be with only scissors and a single sheet of paper.


My old press is mostly cast iron, and it was made in1902. I love the clackety-clack of printing with a collection of type that dates to civil war era.


All the type is wood or lead and is set by hand, letter by letter.



After I've painted, printed, snipped and lettered, I scan the art into a state of the art iMac, and arrange it into repeat that works for fabric or art that will appear on greeting cards, mugs, craft products or other things that brighten and encourage.


I know how special it is to tuck in under a hand made quilt on a chilly evening or whip up some pretty napkins. To delight in the little things.

If you want to win an original paper cut or a silhouette portrait of your favorite little person, leave a comment below or on the Henry Glass blog.


11 comments:

jwallace856@hotmail.com said...

I absolutely LOVE these, Sharyn. I'm not really a seamstress, but I'd love to have some pillows made from these fabrics! And you're right, knowing the backstory makes each piece that much more special. I look at things differently now when I'm browsing in stores, & I'm always disappointed when the artist's name is missing. Sometimes, I think this looks like your work & sometimes, one of your friends. The beauty you create always amazes me! :-) Julie

Jane said...

I think the Jesus Loves Me fabric is wonderful, enjoyed reading about your antique press and would love to win something for my grandson.

judys said...

Now I have the most wonderful song going around in my head! Thank you for this reminder....and with the press in the background I can't help but think of my grand parents - she sang the song and he was a pressman.

Karen M said...

I love that you're now designing fabric! I am a quilter and can't wait to buy your fabric collection. Thank you for sharing what went into your designs.

Sharon Hermens said...

I love your work, your paper cuttings, your paintings and your fabric. You are one talented lady! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Cecilia said...

Beautiful projects and fabrics! Thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

Very beautiful fabric and as always, I love your paper cuts, Sharyn ;- ) Thanks for the chance to win!

Heidi said...

Too right, I had not thought before about how the silhouettes are actually made! I adore this fabric, but your neighbors must be thrilled!

Lois Kohlhepp said...

Love how I could use this technique in one of my projects cool idea

Karen Andrews said...

Amazing. Love the faith fabric.

Margie Malone said...

How wonderful to use civil war era devices. I would love a chance to play (Gently) with them. I would really like to win the Big Shot and all the accessories. All your creations are really spectacular. I really want to win!!!