Printed Fabric Bee: Old World Maps

December’s topic for the Printed Fabric Bee challenge and giveaway was Old World Maps. Queen Bee Lisa Chin requested a 9 x 16 inch fabric using vintage looking colors. What a challenge! This had to be the hardest so far.

Let me tell you about my piece, and then the information on the giveaway collection of 6 x 6 pieces.

After many tries, including sketching and trolling the Internet for ideas, I decided on an old world map (without the countries) and a compass.

Old World MapI started with a piece of fabric that I dyed with Terracotta fiber reactive dyes. I then drew the lines to make it appear like an old world map template. I used a Micron 05 in brown.

drawing lines on old world mapNext to add the compass. I cut a compass out of freezer paper on my Silhouette Portrait, and ironed the stencil to the fabric.

ironing compass stencil to fabric

Now to paint it. I used one of my favorites fabric paints, Jacquard Lumiere in metallic silver.  It really pays to have a light hand when stenciling on fabric.

painting with Jacquard Lumiere

Now my favorite part – after the paint dries peeling off the stencil. Love the sharp clean edges.

Peeling off the freezer paper stencilYou will notice the broken lines around the circle. I needed to design the stencil that way so it wouldn’t all fall out of the freezer paper. They were real easy to touch up.

Now using the Y & C brown FabricMate,  I added lines to outline the compass and to add a center.

adding to compass

And the finished piece again.

Old World MapAnd a closeup.


Now to the giveaway. Here is my piece in this collection.

oldworldbee6x6To see the collection you could win, visit The Printed Fabric Bee  or Lisa’s blog and leave a comment.  The deadline is January 15. Good Luck!