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Starshine Salon
Living vintage in the Arizona desert
An artful gathering of vintage finds and original designs
Interests: vintage, antiques, fiber arts, sewing, jewelry, art, mixed media, altered art, paper arts
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It’s really easy to dye fabric with Dixie Belle paint. It comes in so many pretty colors, and you can mix them to make your own colors, too. You don’t need any specialty equipment or supplies. And best of all, you can use Dixie Belle on natural or synthetic fibers.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Starshine Salon
Hi, Therese! I'm so glad you found my tips helpful. I use regular all purpose thread. Karen
Toggle Commented May 4, 2016 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Starshine Salon is now the East Valley’s only retailer of Dixie Belle Paint! I was looking for a great paint with a chalky finish and beautiful colors, and I chose Dixie Belle. Dixie Belle Paint is made in the USA and has no VOCs. You don’t need to sand or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Starshine Salon
Here's what I'm up to right now! I stenciled these hearts onto burlap and framed them with embroidery hoops. Each one has a little chain for hanging. You can also hang these with ribbon, an ornament hook, or just rest the closure at the top on a little nail. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Starshine Salon
I wish I knew what to tell you. I have been able to adjust distorted weave on burlap before I sew, by just pulling on it. The old saying is, "When in doubt, rip it out." You may need to take it apart and resew it. Sorry.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2015 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Pam - The burlap will fray at the edges if you don't do something to it. I usually hem it. There are some companies selling premade table cloths and runners online.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
I'm working on some Americana hearts and pillows for Fourth of July decorating. I've already taken some of these to My Front Porch in Gilbert and Merchant Square in Chandler. More to come! Starshine Wishes, Karen Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Starshine Salon
Linda - I would sew a rectangle of something strong, like canvas, into the bottom of the bag. If you want to make it a little easier, you could cut a rectangle of something strong the width of the bag, fold it over each side at the bottom, and stitch it down. If you sew something to the outside of the bag that way, I would make it pretty short because it will reduce the length inside the bag. I would use short stitches and reinforce the seam by sewing one or two extra seams a quarter inch and half inch away from the first seam.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2015 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Vicki - I don't know how other people do it, but I sew burlap with a very small stitch. For your project, I would zigzag all around the edges with a wide stitch. You may not even need to hem it if you like the look with the zigzag. You will have a little bit of a bump where you join the two pieces, so you might want to check on the train layout before you stitch. You may not want the seam in the center. If you end up with a seam that interferes with the train or the track, you may want to "shim" up the lower part by putting some felt or batting under the lower part, to even it up with the seam. You may decided to cut one piece in half lengthwise, so that you end up with two seams that are not in the center of the table. I wish you the best of luck, and I would love to hear how your project turns out!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
I haven’t been blogging, but I have been working! You can always see what I’m up to on Facebook or Instagram; it seems so much easier to do quick updates with my phone. My “next big thing” is Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market at Westworld in Scottsdale on Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Starshine Salon
Here’s where you can find Starshine Salon this fall! September 11-14 (9-3 Thursday through Saturday, 11-3 Sunday) The Salvage Yard monthly sale at Rusty Saturday 12815 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix September 20 (8-5 Saturday) Junk in the Trunk Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale September 27-28 (9 to 5... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Starshine Salon
A friend is participating in her first vintage show soon, and she asked for advice. I promised to share my list of “things to take to the show.” I thought I’d share it here, too. Each show is different, so I keep my list on my computer and revise it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Starshine Salon
I made a scarf that can also be worn on the Mad Hatter’s Hat! I used Alice Art Rubber Stamps and Alice 2 Art Rubber Stamps from Sin City Stamps for the embellishments. If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you will love these new stamps! Here’s how I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Starshine Salon
I tried stamping on silk sari ribbon for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I liked the results so much that I decided to try it again. I love the quality of Sin City Stamps; the fine details of the images really come through, even on fabric.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Starshine Salon
Sin City Stamps is a sponsor of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge this month, and the Sin City Stamps Design Team is participating in this month’s challenges. Today’s challenge is “Show Us Some Metal or Glass.” The idea is to create a project using some of the supplies you’ve been... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Starshine Salon
LuWana - I don't know about the odor. But as far as the fraying, I think zigzagging might help. My experience has been that even on a gentle cycle, the weave shifts in washing. I think the pillowcase might help with that.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Sin City Stamps has two new plates of Alice in Wonderland stamps! You can see them here and here. I decided to create a Wonderland Tea with mine. The first piece I made was a centerpiece for the table. I started with a vintage linen centerpiece. I love the lace... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Starshine Salon
Sin City Stamps is sponsoring the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge this month, and the Sin City Stamps Design Team is participating in this month’s challenges. Today’s challenge is Ribbon, Lace and Twine! The idea is to create a project using some of the supplies you’ve been hoarding. I made my... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Starshine Salon
Sin City Stamps’ Rosette Hearts stamp set set has three different images perfect for making fabric or paper flowers. I used one to make the embellishment for this peat pot Easter basket. I started with a plain peat pot. These are for starting seeds; you can get them where you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Starshine Salon
Yes, I think so. I don't have a serger, so I use a zigzag stitch on my regular machine. I use a wide stitch so that it goes past the first couple of threads. If you don't go wide enough, you end up pulling out the first thread instead of securing it. And I use a shorter stitch length than I normally do for zigzagging edge. I also add Fray Check to raw edges that look like they still want to fray.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2014 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Sam - I'm not really comfortable with the idea of putting lights too close to anything flammable, but I have read that there are certain lights that are safer for this type of project, so I assume you are using those. As for the burlap, I would try a zigzag stitch. And I do think two rows might be more secure than one. You might also try an adhesive. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2014 on Tips for Sewing with Burlap at Starshine Salon
Tassels made with my new hand dyed seam binding colors are perfect for Spring or Easter decorating! When I saw Jen Cushman's article on mixed media tassels in the March/April 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, I knew I had to make some of my own. Jen shows how to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Starshine Salon
The rubber stamp sets from Sin City Stamps are a really great deal, even if you don’t plan to use every stamp on the sheet. And here's a way to use some of those phrases that aren’t quite right for your current projects. I made these pendants using only single... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Starshine Salon
You can make the perfect fabric panel for your sewing projects by stamping on fabric! For this Steampunk Chic Fabric Cuff, I used the largest image from Sin City Stamps' Time set. I stamped the image with ColorBox Chalk Ink in Warm Violet onto tea dyed muslin. Tightly woven fabric... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Starshine Salon
I have another project combining digital images with rubber stamping. For my spring pillow, I used a leaf image from Terri Sproul's Leaves by Sin City Stamps and a bird image from the Little Spring Birdies collage sheet by Altered Pages. I had originally intended to use Terri Sproul’s Leaves... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Starshine Salon