Okay, enough shameless shilling! Once I was reintroduced to them, I found that Shrinky Dinks are a perfect mixed media quilting element for one important reason. Oh, they're fantastic on a number of levels, but the thing that makes them IDEAL for attaching to quilts is that you can use a 1/8" hole punch to create holes which will shrink during the curing process to be just the right size for stitching the piece to a quilt by hand. I imagine you could also use your machine to attach them using the same stitch you'd use to attach a button.
Sadly, I have actually been prevented from making new shrunken artwork for the past two years by the fact that the oven in my new apartment does not have a window in its door. It's been super annoying, but fortunately I was able to make a whole lot of tiny beautiful objects before moving. Here they all are!
|Leaves traced from a book called "Kbach: A Study of Khmer Ornament," which I got for free and which has proven to be a wonderful visual resource when I'm trying to come up with patterns|
|I keep them in this box, which as room for SO MANY more! Time to get a toaster oven just so I can shrink more art?|
|Teeny tiny stars. These things are about 1/4" across|
|Here are a few of the stars that have already made it into a quilt.|
|Shield designs in various shades of blue and purple|
|More leaves traced from the Khmer Ornament book. These were outlined in silver, which didn't look quite as nice once it shrunk - turns out silver pen can lose its sheen in the oven.|
|Little petals or leaves - I haven't figured out yet what to use these for.|
|Fun pastel buttons with red leafy designs in red Sharpie|
|This is an example of the cool effects you can get when you use a pair of decorative scissors to cut out your Shrinky Dinks before shrinking them.|
|Bold buttons in red and yellow|
|Some striped Shrinky Dink buttons in a quilt, arranged to form six-pointed stars|
|Two of the Khmer leaf designs ended up in my SAQA donation quilt.|
And, the best thing in my collection, MONSTERS! I spent an enjoyable several evenings while visiting my parents drawing all kinds of little monsters.
|So Many Monsters!|