Creative Living: Albuquerque quilter to visit show

Information on fabric tinting with crayons, making "scrap" triangles for quilts and converting an existing Roman shade to make it safety-compliant will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.)

Evelyn Terhune is the owner of Ozark Crafts in Gilbert, Ariz., and according to her, "It seems anything 'retro' is popular once again." Terhune will demonstrate fabric tinting with crayons, which is a great technique that even younger children will enjoy as much as the older ones will.

Debbie Caffrey, Debbie's Creative Moments, will show step by step cutting and visual aids for making "scrap" triangles for quilts. She'll show several blocks as well as complete quilts that demonstrate this technique. She lives in Albuquerque.

Terrell Sundermann will give a brief overview of the latest Roman shade safety standards, and then show how to convert an existing Roman shade to make it safety-compliant. Her business is Terrell Designs in Castle Rock, Colo.

Information on creating candle displays, painting on garments, and making lighted glass blocks for centerpieces will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. (All times are Mountain.)

Rita Fuentes will share interesting ideas for creating candle displays using a few simple accessories to enhance home decor. She represents PartyLite Gifts, Inc. in Plymouth, Mass.

Kris Cranford, a certified instructor for One Stroke Décor, will demonstrate using a fabric medium to paint on different types of ready to wear garments. She's from Portales.

Extension Home Economist, Connie Moyers will show how to make lighted glass blocks for centerpieces which can be used as decorations year 'round. Moyers is with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service and lives in Clovis.

Fabric tinting with crayons

It seems anything "retro" is popular once again. In the 50's, crayon tinted designs were very popular. Women would often do outline embroidery and let their children or grandchildren help color in the designs for dish towels, dresser scarves and pillowcases.

Today this same technique can be used to add dimension to appliqué or to create vintage looking pillows or other home decor. Children love to be part of this experience, and it can be incorporated into a child's party activity or into a treasured gift for Mother or Grandma.

Begin by drawing a design onto fabric either with crayon or a fine Pigma or Sharpie pen. Color inside your design using as many Crayola crayons as you like to get the desired effect. If working with a large design, it is suggested to rest your hand on a clean paper towel to keep the design free of unwanted pieces of crayon.

Once the design is complete, you will need to heat set it using a dry cotton setting on the iron. Put one paper towel above and another below the area to be heat set and apply the iron for about 10 seconds before lifting it and moving it to the next area. Any excess color and wax will melt into the paper towel and the color remaining on the fabric will be set.

"Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.

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