In Love with Leaves

Fall leavesWhat is it about leaves? They’re a great inspiration, no matter what medium I’m working in. The colors and textures are always amazing, whether it’s the freshly unfurled first leaf of spring or the dry crackly last leaf of the season.

One fun thing I like to do is make mini collages of found items, such as leaves, pine needles, and interesting pieces of tree bark. You can take a quick click with a digital camera, or scan the actual items on a flatbed scanner. Once you get started, you’ll be making mini collages out of everything you see.

To make the leaf images for the Deconstructed Denim jacket shown below, I scanned several collages and individual leaves, then manipulated the resulting images in Photoshop to fit the desired areas. For the outer denim jacket, leaves were printed onto fusible fabric, then trimmed and stitched to the garment. The scarf was made by treating the cotton gauze fabric with an ink fixative, backing the fabric with freezer paper, then printing on the gauze. Portions of the jacket lining were printed onto sueded cotton, then stitched into the lining yardage and quilted, before the jacket pieces were cut and assembled. Directions for the jacket and lining construction are included on the project disc included with Print Your Own Fabrics, published by Krause Publications. Copies may still be available on

Leaf fabric jacket


Print Your Own Fabric

I’ve always loved learning new things, so when the amazing Linda Griepentrog asked if I’d like to co-author a book on inkjet fabric printing, of course I said “YES!”

Together we explored the ins and outs of pushing pieces of specially prepared fabric through our desktop printers. Each experience seemed to open up new ideas and lead us a little further down the “What if…?” road. It was such great fun! Much of what we learned appears in Print Your Own Fabric, published by Krause Publications. I’m still amazed at how much information we were able to pack into those pages, and at the number of projects and original art that appears on the accompanying disc.

These are just two of the projects featured in Print Your Own Fabric

If you haven’t tried inkjet fabric printing yet, you really ought to give it a go. It’s a great way to personalize projects, make one-of-a-kind items, or create a base for a mixed media piece.

Print Your Own Fabric was published by Krause Publications and is currently out of print. Some copies are still available on You may also find it at your favorite book store.