Monday, September 15, 2014

Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway

My project for the Quilting Arts Holiday issue was fabric postcards. I have made fabric postcards for Christmas the past several years and have found that making a thermo fax screen is the quickest way for me to make multiples of the same design. Unfortunately after making the cards the screen was never used again, so now I've come up with several other ideas to use the screen.

The screen I used was made from a photocopy of a christmas tree that I had hand stitched. That screen has now been used to make; ornaments, note cards, decorated napkins and tablecloth, aprons and custom christmas yardage. Some of these ended up as gifts and others I used myself.

The thermo fax screen will last a long time as long as it's cleaned well after each use. Wash it well with cool water, never let paint dry on it and store it flat.



Clockwise above are the notecard, napkins, postcard and ornament. The post card and the ornament have red french knots added, the napkins and notecard have dots of red paint.

Now to the giveaway part ... leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday, September 21 at noon MDT and one person will win a set of four napkins, the thermo fax screen and a copy of the Holiday magazine.  Due to shipping costs, only US participants please. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour.

Friday, September 12, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, http://quiltingdaily.com/
Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard, http://lyrickinard.com/blog/
Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson, http://randomactsofpiece.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin, http://notesfromstudiob.blogspot.com/ and Kathy Kerstetter, http://artndl.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller, http://lorimillerdesigns.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa, http://melanietesta.com/blog/, and Liz Kettle, http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journey

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp, http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin, http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith, http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford, http://catherineredford.com/


9/21/14
The winner of the drawing is Rebecca Tilinski! Congratulations.

93 comments:

  1. I'm leaving a comment, not so much to win your generous prize offering, though of course I'd be thrilled if my name got pulled. BUT....to say....what a great clean/creative design you created....love it.

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  2. I, too, love your crisp design. I've never used a thermo fax screen. This would be a great opportunity.

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    1. Thanks Norma, your name is in the drawing.

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  3. Linda-- I'm pleased to have discovered your work! I love your photos and the leaf studies. We're moved to create by some of the same things--the atmosphere of nature, close-ups of leaves, rusted items... So much to transfer through the eye, the mind, and out through the hands. Thanks for the opportunity to share the thermofax experience and some of your work. From Michigan -- Laura

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    1. Thanks Laura, your name is in the drawing.

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  4. This is such an elegant design. I can see it working in white on blue or ... so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. The elegant, simple design is so appealing - and I love that you worked that design into a number of gifts. I need to practice that idea especially when the holidays are so demanding. thanks!

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  6. Great use of your thermofax screen.

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  7. I really enjoy looking at this sophisticated design and the ways you have used it. I have no experience using a thermo fax screen, but would love to learn. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Thank you Corinne, you are in the drawing.

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  8. Simple, clean and pretty - that's my take. I would love to be selected!

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  9. Love the look. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Janie, Thanks and you're in the drawing.

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  10. Wow love these they are beautiful!

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    1. Sandra, Thanks you are in the drawing.

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  11. I've never used the thermo fax screen before but I love what you can do with it!! I love new techniques - the napkins are gorgeous and who wouldn't love a new magazine to look through? Thank you again for the opportunity to win :)

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    1. Vanessa, Thanks - I too love new techniques and magazines! You are in the drawing.

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  12. Beautiful! I'd love to win! sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. Thank you Sarah, you are in the drawing.

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  14. These are lovely and I would love to win them.

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  15. just commenting (though I am not in America) because I think it is a brilliant idea to make a screen from a stitching...this gives me an idea...which in itself is like winning the prize. ;-)
    Sandy

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    1. Jackie, Thanks, you are in the drawing.

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    1. Eileen, Thanks, you are in the drawing.

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  18. Have never used a thermofax screen. Might be fun to try. Love the leaves in the latest post too. Making use of that unwanted tree. Guess you don't have deer to mow that tree down.......oh, I forgot, deer only eat the stuff we want in our gardens. Never the weeds!

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    1. Willa, I'm right in town so don't have a deer problem, but many of my friends do! You are in the drawing.

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  19. I love the screen! I really enjoy printing with thermofax screens. I have had several made from family photos. Your screen is very unique! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  20. It's never too early to prepare for the holidays. Thanks for the nudge and for this opportunity to get cookin'.

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    1. Thanks Franki, I've got you in the drawing.

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  21. What fun ways to use thermofax screens. I've only used them for art quilts. Thanks for the brain jolt

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    1. Thanks Sherry, There's lots of un ways to use them. I've got you in the drawing.

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  22. these are lovely. And have made me think: I have some polymer printing plates I made in a class. I should try one and see if would work.
    I'd love to have these if I get lucky enough to be picked cinco_00 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Susan, Give the polymer plates a try - they may work really well. I've got you in the drawing.

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  24. Linda, I love your thermo fax screen tree design. I am an emerging mixed media artist. You have piqued my interest about using thermo fax screens. I am always in search of new ways to add dimension and layers to my mixed media artwork. Thanks! garden.of.eatin@cox.net

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    1. Thermo fax screens are great for adding layers. I've got you in the drawing.

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  25. I Love your design. I'm going to do a spin off for anart quilt project but use strips of green wool & felt it on to a background then add the french knots with wool thread. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I love french knots on wool! I've got you in the drawing.

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  26. What a great idea! Wonderful design, simple and elegant, perfect for gifts.

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  27. Love your tree design! Holiday napkins are such a fun gift idea.

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    1. Thanks Karon, you are in the drawing.

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  28. Hi Linda! LOVE the tree design...signed up for your blog so maybe I will know about your next play day!

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    1. Hi Trische, I'll call you about the next play day!
      I've got you in the drawing.

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  29. I really like the tree design. What I am wondering is how you actually made the thermofax screen. Do you have a tutorial for it?

    senstrings(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thermo fax screens are made from thermal imaging machines that used to be used to make the stencils for mimeograph machines. I have one of the machines, but there are also on line services that will make screens for you. I have you in the drawing.

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  30. I have no idea what a thermo fax screen is but I love what you have done with it!!! What beautiful work.

    debiwinchester@frontier.com

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    1. Thanks, you are in the drawing. See the above reply for a quick definition of thermo fax.

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  31. Beautiful design and great ideas too! Will look at my own artwork in a new way.

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    1. Thanks Denise, You are in the drawing.

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  32. Lovely! And inspirational. Now I am looking at my already created hand stitching in a whole new way.

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    1. Thank you, I'm pleased that you found it inspirational. I've got you in the drawing.

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  33. very nice that you include the screen for the generosity to continue onto new projects!

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    1. Thanks Lydia, You are in the drawing.

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  34. i would love to be able to try screen printing again. I tried it in 1982 using hand cut typing paper stencils on a home stretched silk screen. Had pretty good success but haven't tried it since. I'd love to "play it again". Thanks

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    1. This is much easier than paper cut stencils! I've got you in the drawing.

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  35. What beautiful napkins and cards! Thanks so much for sharing. Now I want to do this.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, you are in the drawing.

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  36. Love the modern design. Just stunning!

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  37. Your hand stitched design is fabulous. I would love to try this!.

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  38. I haven't ever used thermo screen before but would love to try, I love your design, it would look beautiful on napkins.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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    1. Thank you Karen, I've got you in the drawing.

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  39. What a treat it would be to use a Thermo fax screen; have always wanted to try one. The magazine and other offerings would be icing on the cake! Thank you!
    rtilinsk@mail.win.org

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, I've got you in the drawing.

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  40. I appreciate your use of different materials with the design and the different ways you added the red dots.

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  41. I have yet to try printing using the Thermofax screen. I have been hesitant to try something new. This will give me an opportunity to try a small project with a small but beautiful design you used. Thank you for a chance to win.

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    1. Thank you, it's really quite easy, fun and addictive. I've got you in the drawing.

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  42. I want to try that! After putting all the work into designing something, making multiple copies would be great! I'd like to try with yours. Thanks!

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  43. This is a terrific idea. I'm just getting ready to make my annual Christmas ornaments for family and close friends. I haven't used a Thermofax screen so it will be an interesting learning experience. And fun i'm sure.

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  44. I just love Christmas - dont you

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    1. Yes I do. I've got you in the drawing.

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  45. I just subscribed to your blog - what wonderful things you do! Can't wait to see more. I'd love to win a copy of Quilting Arts "Holiday" - lost s of great ideas there too.

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    1. Thank you Ann Marie. I've got you in the drawing.

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  46. Nice work! Now I will go read up on what a thermofax is! Looks like fun.

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    1. Thanks Diane, I've got you in the drawing. Look up Thermal imaging , machines were made by 3M back in the 50's and 60's to do the stencils for mimeograph machines.

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  47. Great work. I love silk screening. Adding the french knots makes something so easy look more personal.

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