Friday, 24 February 2012

Stitchery dodgery

It's probably only about a week in reality but it feels like horses days since I had a play day in my studio. In case you are wondering what horses days are, it's a phrase that has stuck with our family since my son Alex was about five or six. Instead of donkey's years, he would always say horse's days!!!!

Anyways, I have had a lovely, lovely day today playing around ......a little bit of stamping.......a little bit of painting and a lot of stitching!!! I decided I would have a day for me today instead of designing future classes......after all, I am supposed to be retired!!!!! I pulled out the fabric wall hanging thingy that I started recently and decided it would be really quite nice to finish it today. Some days things go well, some days they don't but today was a good day and I am really quite pleased with the results.
It's not a really huge piece (that would have taken me forever) the centre panel is about 20 x 30cm, big enough to look OK on the wall but not big enough to freak me out.

I did do a few close up shots just as the daylight was starting to fade so I hope they are not too dreary as the colours in this fabric really are lovely.

Righty ho, starting at the top....... a Wendy Vecchi heart stamped on fabric which I then bonded to some pelmet interfacing stuff ....sorry, I'm not familiar with all the real names yet. I painted it with Paperartsy Fresco Finish paint and added a few gold beads before zig zagging onto my mini quilt.......this is one of my favourite bits of the quilt.


A little phrase stamped on a scrap of fabric with Rangers Archival ink. The image is from one of the new Paperartsy Vintage plates ID03.....love all the images on this plate! Below that is one of the Ice Resin pieces I made a few weeks back. If you are thinking you recognise the images in this piece......you probably do. It was a bit of a cheat really and I have to thank Wendy Vecchi as I stole it from the packaging that came with one of her products.....it could have been one of her books. Anyways, it was full of mini pictures of her fabulous artwork and just the right size for my pendant thingy. Now just let me say, you can only do this kind of thing if it is for your own personal use....none of this seeing an idea and pretending it's your own artwork malarky.....that's a big no, no!!

One of Tim Holtz  little Ideaology birdcages....these are dead cute and I found some little bird shaped beads small enough to go inside.


Then I made some bunting from some gorgeous little B Line stamps, they came as a set with a few added extras like bows and flowers.



Please don't ask me where I got this key from......I have no idea.......it was a recent purchase......could have been Hobbycrafts.....could have been Colemas Craft Warehouse!!!! I do know that the little square tile in the background is Prima and that came from Colemans!!

Some of Tim's stamps from his Haberdashery set, painted with Fresco's and embellished with buttons.


One of those fabulous handmade ceramic buttons that we used to stock in the shop from Hodge Podge


And last but not least, a beautiful and very delicate dress form by Kaiserkraft. I stuck some contrasting fabric behind it before attaching it to my quilt....really like the simplicity of it.

The whole thing was layered up on fabric, just like I do with paper but instead of glue, lots and lots of dodgy looking stitching. The dodgy stuff was on purpose I hasten to add, I like that whole shabby look.

So that was my day.....hope you day was just as much fun.
Lin

25 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous Lynn, great dimension, texture and interest. Wonderful details. Tracy x

Helen said...

Wow, Lin this is just stunning!! I love that heart too, but it all looks amazing.

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning work, Lin - absolutely gorgeous. You're so patient and pay so much attention to detail. Love the little birdhouse and keys x

Gabrielle said...

Flip me missus! This is truly fabulous! I love how you've combined stamps, embellishments and fabric and made something really beautiful. You're starting to make me a little less afraid of my sewing machine! Have a terrific weekend x

Karin said...

What a beautiful fabric college Lin. Love it.

Linda Elbourne said...

You are really going to town on my birthday ... this and the book .... how lovely :0) What on earth are Horses days ... never in my life have I heard that one before!
On a serious note ... this collage is well stunnin'!

CraftyLoops said...

Oh my goodness Lin, this is incredible. I wouldnt even know where to begin!! Lee xx

wendy vecchi said...

wow...do I ever love this.
love all the little sections.

well done!
happy retirement!

Rebecca said...

I absolutely LOVE it right up my street, great work, I'm feeling really inspired :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Becky said...

Wow! love it, now I need to go and make one of my own!

Kirsten Alicia said...

I do not have the words to tell you how beautiful I think this is. It's simply stunning.

Trish said...

Oh wow! Such a beautiful piece of art! Your creations are so amazing.

Linda Cain said...

This is absolutely STUNNING! I LOVE every little nook and cranny of it. Such a wonderful treasure!

~Linda

jeangenie1 said...

beautiful work linda, so neatly done and very inspiring, fab stuff jeangenie1

Lin said...

oh this is great!! you are really getting into the the stitchy thing lol...you must have really enjoyed your self today :)it's beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Missie Linda -- how do you do it? So knock-down gorgeous. Your fingers have magic in them, and the result this time is going to be a family heirloom in years to come! Made me drool!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the detail pictures with us all.
Much love - Missie Sally xoxo

Minxy said...

Oh My Goodness this is absolutely STUNNING, I love every square inch of it, just beautiful x

Caroline said...

Now that is something very very impressive - I adore it. You really are taking to that machine of yours...fab, brill, adore, and any other superlayive you'd like to think of - xxx

minnie_mac said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the heart and the bunting. Love all of it !

Artyjen said...

Ooh! 'Tis gorgeous;)
xoxo Sioux

Jean said...

Thanks for sharing all the little details, it is truly stunning!

Jacqui said...

Lin I cant tell you how gorgeous this is

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful piece of art. Love all the details . It would take me ages. And you just sit down and create another gorgeous piece. You should be a designer for a lot of companies, but enjoying your days is just as good.
Margriet

Tammy Tutterow said...

Oh Lin, I love this with all of my heart! Beautiful!

Amy said...

Lin, I know you said you are retired but you should really consider putting all these absolutely beautiful ideas into a book. Please put me at the top of the list for a signed copy. Hope to make it to another Artsycraft event or to one of your workshops. Just magic!