Fall Leaves Stenciled Fabric Book

By: Deb Riddell
Hello, my name is Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art and I am thrilled to be here on Rebekah’s Stencil Love blog, thank you so much for the invitation!  Rebekah asked me to create a fall themed project to share with you today, so I decided to make this little stenciled fabric book filled with fall leaves. It was created with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line of products from Therm O Web, some of Rebekah’s stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop and coffee dyed muslin fabric, read on for the how to.
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Transfer Foil: Old Gold, New Penny
Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium
Rebekah Meier Stencils with The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Star and Flower TCW705, Mini Infinite Lace TCW643, Mini Rosetta TCW461
Sizzix dies: Leaf Blueprint, Arbor, Layered Leaf, Alphanumeric ¾”, Birch Trees, Handwritten Love, Handwritten journey
Spellbinders dies: Victorian Tags, Leaves So Very Gorgeous
Stampers Anonymous stamps by Tim Holtz: Leaf Prints, Perspective, Birch & Pine, Distress Damask
Stampers Anonymous stencils by Tim Holtz: Autumn Layering stencil, Autumn Mini stencil, Flourish stencil
StencilGirl Products stencil: Rembrandt’s Words
Paper Artsy stencil: Lin Brown E3 PS004
Ranger Ink: Distress Crayons, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Archival Ink, Distress Spray, Matte Opaque Texture Paste, Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Perfect Pearls Powder
DecoArt: Media Liquid Glass, Media Fluid Acrylic paint, Americana Acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Faded Wallpaper, Metallic Kraft-Stock, Small Talk Stickers, Botanical Layers, Clippings Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon
Miscellaneous: muslin fabric, burlap, white cardstock, black cardstock, kraft cardstock, assorted wildflower stamps, fine script stamp, leaf punches


Tear two strips from Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper to approximately 5 ½” x 8 ¼”.  Fold the two strips in half lengthwise to form two ‘pages’ for your book.
Tear a strip of cotton muslin to about 6” x 20”, fraying all of the edges and coffee or tea dyeing it  if desired, for the cover of your book.
Remove the backing paper from one half of one of the Art Paper pages and stick Rebekah’s Mini Star and Flower stencil to the sticky side.  Apply a piece of Old Gold Mixed Media Transfer Foil overtop the stencil (with the shiny side up!) so that it sticks to the Art Paper.  Burnish with a soft cloth and use a stylus to transfer the foil to the Art Paper through the stencil.
Remove the backing paper from the other half of the Art Paper page and apply the negative image left on the Old Gold Mixed Media Transfer Foil to it, burnishing the foil well with a soft cloth to transfer it.
Repeat the process on the second Art Paper page, this time applying Old Gold Transfer Foil through Rebekah’s Mini Rosetta stencil.
I had a piece of Old Gold Transfer Foil in my stash that already had the negative image from Rebekah’s Mini Infinite Lace stencil on it so I used it on the other half of my second Art paper page.
Paint both Art Paper pages, front and back, with beige acrylic paint (this is DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint in Titan Buff), wiping the damp paint off of the foiled areas. Once the paint dries, dust the foiled side of each page with a mica powder (this is Pearl Perfect Pearls) to cover any sticky residue left on the pages.
Turn each page over to the non-foiled side.  Lightly stencil one half of one page through a leaf stencil (this is Tim Holtz’s Autumn stencil) with Distress inks in autumnal colours (Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs were used here).  Lightly spritz the stencil with water before removing it and then gently lift the stencil and apply it, inked side down, to the other half of the Art Paper page.  Lift the stencil off to reveal the stencil monoprint.
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Repeat the process on the second Art Paper page, this time using a vine patterned stencil (this is Tim Holtz’s Flourish stencil) and the same colours of Distress inks.
Mark the center point on the length of muslin fabric (about 10” or so) and fold each end in towards the center so that they just meet.  Cut the fabric at each folded side, fray the edges and then sew around each ‘cover’ on three sides, leaving the bottom open as indicated so that a piece of cardstock can be inserted to stiffen the covers.  Stencil the outside of the front cover with a slightly darker shade of acrylic paint for a tone on tone design (this is DecoArt Americana Antique White) through a script stencil (this is the Rembrandt’s Words stencil).  Stamp the outside of the back cover with a medallion stamp and permanent brown ink (these are Distress Damask stamps and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink).
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Stencil the inside of the cover on both sides with a seed pod stencil and the same colour of acrylic paint as used on the front, reversing the stencil on the back cover so that you have mirror images (this is Lin Brown’s E3 PS004 stencil from PaperArtsy).  Insert a piece of cardstock into the pocket on the front and back covers and sew up the bottom edge.
Die cut leaves to embellish your book from cardstock and Mixed Media Art Paper coloured with autumnal colours.  I used the same colours of Distress inks, Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Crayons (Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany) on either Distress Mixed Media Heavystock or Rebekah’s Art Paper and die cut them with Sizzix’s Arbor, Blueprint Leaf and Layered Leaf dies.
Paint some of Rebekah’s Mixed Media Art Paper with a dark gray green ink (this is Americana Dried Basil) and die cut more leaves from the painted Art Paper (this is Spellbinders’ Leaves So Very Gorgeous die).  Stamp the die cut leaves with a fine script stamp and permanent brown ink.  Remove the backing paper from more Art Paper and apply New Penny Mixed Media Transfer Foil to the sticky side.  Die cut the layering leaf from the foiled Art Paper and adhere it over top of the painted leaves with Mixed Media Medium.
Adhere the foiled leaves to the ‘Flourish’ stenciled pages with Mixed Media Medium.
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Stamp the ‘Autumn’ stenciled pages with a variety of leaf and floral stamps and permanent brown ink, adding some words and sentiments if desired (Leaf Prints and an Inkadinkado Meadow stamp were used here along with the ‘Beauty’ word from the Perspective stamp set and a quote from a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set I had in my stash).
Turn both pages over to the foiled sides.  Die cut Sizzix’s Birch Trees die from kraft coloured cardstock and stamp the die cut with the Birch stamp and Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink.  Adhere the Birch Trees die cut to one side of the ‘Rosetta’ foiled page and adhere the die cut Arbor leaves to the other.
I decided to add a memory of summer to the other foiled page.  I lightly painted a rose image from Tim Holtz’s Botanical Layers with white gesso and then watercoloured it with Distress inks (Tattered Rose, Crushed Olive and Gathered Twigs).  A label was die cut from black cardstock with Spellbinders Victorian Tags die and the word ‘memories’ cobbled together from Sizzix’s Handwritten Love and Handwritten Journey dies.  I often cut the die cut words apart and then glue them back together to form new words, a great way to get even more out of your word dies.  These two embellishments were added to one of the ‘Star and Flower’ foiled pages and another leaf die cut was added to the other side (pictured in the detail photos below, sorry I forgot to take an in process picture of that step!).
A small piece of burlap was cut for the front cover (about 4” x 3 ½”), lightly dry brushed with white gesso and then stenciled with matte opaque texture paste through the mini Autumn stencil.  While the paste was still damp, the burlap was spritzed with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray and a few flicks of Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray.
The burlap panel was adhered onto the front cover with the Layered Leaf die cut on top.  Leaves were die for the outside back cover from Tim Holtz’s Worn Wallpaper with the top layering die from the Leaves So Very Gorgeous die set.  More Worn Wallpaper leaves were punched out with a maple leaf and oak leaf punches.
The Art Paper pages were then sewn into the muslin cover with a simple pamphlet stitch and button thread.  Holes were punched into the outer edges of the front and back covers and
Distress ink dyed ribbon added for a closure.  A few stickers, punched leaves and die cut words were added to embellish the inner pages and my book was done.  Here are a few close ups of the finished inner pages.
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I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Fall Leaves stenciled fabric book came together and I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank Rebekah for asking me to be a guest on her blog!  I had a lot of fun creating my little book and hope that you have been inspired to make one yourself with Rebekah’s wonderful Mixed Media products from Therm O Web and her beautiful stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!
Deb xo

CHA Mega Show 2015- The Crafter's Workshop New Releases

With Jaime Echt owner of The Crafter's Workshop
With Jaime Echt, owner of The Crafter’s Workshop

So many great and exciting things happened at the 2015 CHA mega show.  I released 20 new stencil designs with The Crafter’s Workshop.  For the first time I designed smaller, 4″ stencils that I call Rebekah’s Remnants.

It is always a pleasure working with Jaime Echt  from The Crafters Workshop!  They will be available here, here, and here.   Here are my models with the  stencil designs.  Please take a look and let me know what you would create with them!

Press Release for Fabric Elements at CHA 2015

Fabric Elements Projects
Fabric Elements Projects

I am so excited to be able to now talk about my new program I designed with Fabric Editions.  Based upon my Fabric Art Collage books and techniques, the new program is called Fabric Elements.  Fabric Elements  is designed to fit the creative needs of both the novice and the experienced crafter, mixed media enthusiast, collage maker (both fabric and paper combined), scrapbooker looking to add new elements to their layouts, journalers looking to add texture and new techniques, art quilters and fiber artists looking to add paper and tactile fibers to their work.  The concept is new, exciting, and has many features.  It is even up for an award at CHA!

The press release for the program is listed below!


If you will be attending CHA, please stop by the Fabric Editions booth (2013) and create a make and take with me.  I am also teaching a workshop on Monday, #W1501, booth #201, I hope to see you there!  Here are the times I will be in the booth:

11:30-12:30 FE booth #2013
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013
11:30-12:30 FE booth #2013
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013
11:30-1:30 Class FE #W1501 Booth #201
3:30-4:30 FE booth #2013


Greenville, SC – Fabric Editions, Inc. is pleased to announce the nomination of the new product line called Fabric Elements to the Craft and Hobby Association’s (CHA) Hot Products for 2015 in the Fabric/Craft category. The product winners in each category will be announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 11 from 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Convention Center Ballroom during the CHA Annual Mega Show taking place in Anaheim, California.
Fabric Elements is a cooperative development of products that feature the design, work and inspiration of mixed-media Artist, Rebekah Meier. Rebekah has a long standing reputation as a featured designer of mixed media projects to magazines such as ‘Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ and other publications from Interweave Press as well as Stampington & Company publications.
“Rebekah Meier’s sterling reputation and experience was a natural fit to join in partnership with us, since we are the leader in pre-cut fabrics.” says Marsha Walling, CEO of Fabric Editions, Inc. “Her style of art was the perfect match to the fabric substrates we were planning to bring to market as pre-cuts. We anticipated the trend in providing a fabric foundation for artwork that we were starting to see at in some of the art quilts, and knew this crossed over perfectly with more experienced scrapbooking and stamping crafters.”
The product line is made up of 32 SKU’s, though retailers can pick and choose the product story that suits their consumer. In the line are 9 fabric substrates, 12 cotton fabric squares (known as fat quarters, as they are a quarter yard of fabric), 6 embellishment SKU’s including three stencils, tissue paper, and lace trims, and 3 self-contained kits. Additionally, the product line will launch with an exclusive technique book by Rebekah Meier showing her latest mixed-media projects and step by step instructions using these fabrics.
“I’m so excited for Fabric Elements to be nominated as a CHA Hot Product! It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to create these products with Fabric Editions and share my love for Mixed Media,” said Rebekah Meier.
About Rebekah Meier: Rebekah Meier is a mixed media artist, teacher, author and designer. She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create collage and fiber art. Rebekah has a freeform and relaxed design philosophy, believing that when creating art, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. She likes to incorporate many textures into her artwork which is represented in her best-selling books, Fabric Art Collage and More Fabric Art Collage.

About Fabric Editions, Inc.: Fabric Editions, Inc., established in 1986, is an innovative leader of pre-cut fabrics in the sewing and crafting markets. Known throughout the world for fashion-forward textile designs in yardage and pre-cut fabric collections.

For more information contact:
Vanessa Denniston, Marketing Manager
Fabric Editions, Inc.
Visit www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements for image downloads.

Create with me at CHA!


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class model

I am so happy to be teaching a class at the upcoming CHA Mega Show 2015 in Anaheim, CA. The class is sponsored by Fabric Editions. CHA will be here before we know it. The details of my class are listed below. The technique you will learn is very unique, and combines my two favorite materials, paper and fabric. I have designed some of the components for this class as well, including a new stencil of mine from The Crafters Workshop for which I am very excited!  Stop by the Fabric Editions booth #2013 to create a make-in-take,  and ask more about the class.
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class model

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class model

W1501 – Workshop
Monday January 12, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Room: Booth #1
Difficulty: Beginner
Supplies: None
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Distributors, Designers and Creative Professionals
Join Rebekah Meier, a gifted mixed media artist, as she shares uses of fabric in making mixed media collages. Rebekah Meier is the author of Fabric Art College and More Fabric Art Collage. Visit her blog at: rebekahmeier.com. She will help you discover different substrates, and techniques for creating a large banner in the demonstration.
Instructor(s): Rebekah Meier
Sponsor(s): Fabric Editions, Inc
Member Price: $35.00
Non-Member Price: $50.00

My Love and Best Friend

Bradley Meier    1961-2014
Brad Meier


When I started my blog, I decided to keep it only about my business activities and events related to the art, craft, and quilt industries that I work in.  With this post I have decided to tell those of you that don’t know, something very personal.  My husband of 33 years Brad Meier,  suddenly passed away from an aortic aneurism on October 11, 2014.  Some of you that read this might  recognize Brad’s  photo from CHA and retreats where we attended and where I taught.  He got to meet  so many of my creative friends.  He would accompany me on most of my trips, helping me, both of us seeing the US one retreat or trade show, and city at a time.  He loved to travel.  The above photo was taken on Santa Monica pier in CA last January after CHA.  We always would stay  couple days after the show to enjoy the sun and warm weather of Callie.  We both loved the ocean and the beach.   I was so blessed to have him in my life.  He was not only my love, and my best friend, he was also my biggest supporter of my work.  He was funny (had a very dry sense of humor), smart, caring, helpful,  and kept me grounded when I needed it.   I am writing this post for many reasons.  One being,  I know I am not alone in losing someone that is missed was very loved, and maybe taken suddenly away.  Those of you that would like to post a memory of your loved one, I would consider it an honor.   I hope to continue to create, teach, write, and design, and I know my Brad will be with me all the way.

Thank all of you  that have sent well wishes and kind words of support.  I appreciate it so much.

Creative Update! New Magazine Articles

Custom Designed Collage Fabric
Custom Designed Collage Fabric, page 74

So much has been happening behind the scenes here in my studio.  Traveling, writing, and preparing for TV segments, and a major studio makeover,  are just some of the things I have been working on.  I have been also working this summer on a very special project that makes me so happy I could burst.  Right now I cannot talk about it, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as I can!  I am so happy to have my work featured in four magazines this Fall!  In the October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine, I demonstrate my technique for creating painted collage on fabric.  It is one of my favorite ways to create my own fabric designs incorporating my stencils.  Please be sure to check out Art from the Heart, The Breast Pocket Project.  Vivika Hansen DeNegre interviews Melanie Testa about raising awareness and her  artistic outlet after  breast cancer.     
Mixed media zipper bag
Mixed media zipper bag

In the Holiday issue of Quilting Arts Handmade gifts and Home Decor, I have a mixed needle-felting project.  The project combines my favorites, paper and fabric!  It is a zipper bag that would make a very unique present.  I have always been afraid of zippers, but I can attest that with very little practice  they are very easy to apply.

Mixed-Media Layering, page 78
Mixed-Media Layering, page 78


In the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, my technique for mixed-media layering is featured.  I love Halloween and think the cover is so cute!  This project is a favorite of mine because it demonstrates how you can add embroidery stitches and cords to your fiber art pieces.  And of course it also has paper incorporated into the design!


Artful Stains, page 11
Artful Stains, page 11

Last winter, I was preparing examples for my stencil debut at CHA.  This stencil model in Apprentice showed my love of circles.  This stencil  in particular was inspired by my coffee cup stains, inevitably left daily  on my work space covering.

Lisa Fulmer's Craft Your Stash Blog Tour – and a giveaway!

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Altered CD Art
Lisa’s Altered CD Art

Fun stuff!
Fun stuff!

My pile of completed ATC's
My pile of completed ATC’s

My friend, Lisa Fulmer, has a new book called Craft Your Stash which is launching October 1, 2014!  Lisa has designed many projects  inspiring us to put a dent in our stash of of supplies.  There are so many cool projects to pick from.   Two of my favorite projects are  Altered CD Art and Door Plaque, but my all time favorite is creating ATC’s.  Lisa has written a great technique for using up waste paint left over from previous projects.  For myATC’s I could not choose just one of the techniques, so I used them all.  The techniques,  Stencil It, Streak it, Sponge It, and Stamp It were so fun, that I spent hours creating them!    First I dug out my stencils and the other supplies, followed Lisa’s directions and wala!    ATC’s are so simple and make great use of you stash supplies.  I hope you will have as much fun as I have creating!

Check out  www.craftyourstash.com for all kinds of information and giveaway!   Be sure to LIKE the Craft your Stash fb page and be entered to win a crafty stash of cool products, including  Lisa’s book.

Signed copies of Craft Your Stash are available here.  Also available at local craft and book stores.

There 30 participants in this blog hop, so make sure to check here often to get the most current links!

My Article in Pages Magazine!


I thought I would share an article I have in the Summer issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages magazine.  For my book More Fabric Art CollageI created a technique which I call

Batting Tapestries.  It combines both quilt batting and lots of hand and machine embroidery. It is a fun way to use up batting scraps!   For Pages I used the technique to create journal covers.  I hope you will check it out!

What do you do with all of your batting scraps?

Page 18, Quilt Batting  Journal Covers
Page 18, Quilt Batting Journal Covers

Quilting Arts TV

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Back in March I traveled to Cleveland Ohio to tape three episodes of Quilting Arts TV.  It was a whirlwind and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Everyone from  Quilting Arts TV and Kathie Stull’s studio were so kind and helpful, making us all feel at home.  This season has a new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Susan is such a natural and did a spectacular job!  My episodes for this season are 1406 and 1408.  I also taped one for the 1500 season.  Episode 1406 is titled Designing Women, where I demonstrate my techniques for designing my own fabrics using paint.  Episode 1408 is titled “Felt It!”, where I demonstrate my mixed media needle-felting technique. It was a great experience!  Below are some of my photos from my day of taping.  Don’t you just love the colors on the set!.

The season is airing now, and I hope you will check your local PBS listings for times in your area.

7-3-14 Fabric Painting patchwork 7-3-14 Needlefelting with susan wallet 7-3-14 Patchwork -kathie 7-3-14 QA taping rit needlefelting

And The Winner Is!

I would like to thank everyone that posted comments on how they use their stencils.  It was so fun reading all the different ways they use them.  Also a BIG thank you to the  awesome designers (listed below) and their beautiful projects.  I have been inspired to try new techniques!

Without further delay the random winner of my first blog hop is Judy M!  Judy if you could please send me your address, your new stencils will be on the way.

Madeline Arendt

Ann Butler

Cheryl Boglioli

Vicki O’Dell

Lisa Fulmer

Beth Watson

Tammy Tutterow

Eileen Hull

Denise Clasen