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Alisa Burke, mixed-media artist, painter, designer and creative spirit, joined us on the blog earlier this year with her fun Doodle Pillow tutorial. We enjoy all she does over at Alisa Burke, and we’re excited to check out her latest book, Sew Wild.

Alisa writes, “Sew Wild gives you the green light to make great surface design and mixed media art by breaking the rules and showing you there is no right or wrong way of creating. Enjoy the unlimited freedom and possibilities of color, pattern, and customizable fabric. Get wild with printing, painting, drawing, stenciling, and other surface design methods. Explore unique design materials such as plastic bags, photographs, and cardboard.”

Comment today for a chance to win a copy of the book. Alisa’s baby girl is due soon, and today she shows us a beautiful project from the nursery-in-progress, inspired by Sew Wild. Baby will clearly be surrounded by art, color, beauty and love!

With a baby girl on the way we have been busy preparing, decorating and creating and I couldn’t resist making a fish mobile inspired by my new book, Sew Wild.

I started by gathering all my scraps in colors that we picked out for the room (blues, greens and turquoise). Most of my scraps include hand painted or dyed fabric and lots of upcycled fabric.

I placed the the scraps to pieces of card stock for stability and went wild with free motion sewing. I created lots of messy circles…

…And lots and lots of free motion, simple fish.

I cut out all the fish and the circles

And then sewed them together in groups of 8-9 shapes.

Next I wrapped an embroidery hoop with scraps of hand painted fabric and tied each strand of fish to the hoop, making sure they were places equal distance apart for balance.

Last, I hung the mobile above the crib and in front of a fun ocean painting that is in progress.

They complement each other perfectly!

For more wild and creative sewing projects check out my book, Sew Wild!