Upcycled Art with Found Objects and Metal

Upcycled Art With Found Objects And Metal by Libby Williamson called Square Dance

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 11" x 14"

Designed By : Libby Williamson

“Grids and circles, polka dots, patterns with linear elements, and written text are all motifs I seek out when searching for materials to use in my mixed-media fiber art quilts. I am intrigued by the contrast of wire hardware cloth and metal zippers with fragile vintage linens and soft fabrics; plastic measuring tapes and paint chip cards with heavily woven industrial textiles; machine and hand stitching; all combined in a cohesive composition.” – Libby Williamson

Download instructions for Upcycled Art with Found Objects and Metal along with more art quilting projects and techniques in the April/May 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Small scraps of fabric printed with simple black geometric lines, dots, or circles
  • Variety of small white fabric remnants in assorted weaves and textures
  • Black craft felt (11″ × 14″) for the background, plus several additional pieces
  • Assorted found papers with interesting text or marks (Thin papers are best.)
  • Acrylic paint (I used Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile Paint.)
  • Acrylic soft gel medium
  • Stencils and stamps
  • Hardware cloth (½ ” or ¼ ” gauge)
  • Found objects such as zippers, measuring tape, paint chip cards, ribbon, and plastic needlepoint mesh
  • Paint brushes (½ “–1”)
  • Plastic table covering


  • Stretched canvas (11″ × 14″)

Note: The materials listed are estimated for an 11” x 14” composition but can be adapted to any dimension you desire.

Art quit featured is called “Square Dance.”

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine April/May 2018 for this pattern and more!