HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY FEBRUARY!! It’s time to introduce our new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner and it’s ‘Sew’ Fun!!
My OCC DTmate Jan, is our Challenge Hostess for the month and here’s her challenge to us for February–
SEW, SEW, SEW
Fabrics, wool, threads, lace – this month’s challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness! What scraps have you got hidden away? Any snippets of favourite clothes you can’t bare to part with? Anything sewing related can be used in your piece. You could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches. Don’t forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies. Have fun and create something!
I “SEW” LOVE Jan’s theme this month and might have gone Sew-Happy with my project–
–I’ve got machine stitching all over the place!! But, before I go into the details of how I made this little wall hanging, let me tell you–Our Challenge Sponsor this month is…
Darkroom Door will be awarding one randomly drawn participant a Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set of their choice ($31.95 AUD value). Jan will also award her Top Winner with a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and her Top 3 favs will be awarded OCC Blog Badges. Take a looksee at our Challenge Rules for additional details.
Now, back to my very rustic wall hanging….
I started by pre-cutting and staining pieces of muslin with Distress Stains. These greens are for the stem and leaves…
…and these yellows are for the Sunflower head.
I’m using a lovely Sunflower themed PaperArtsy stamp set by Lin Brown (ELB24). I stamped the flower head and stem onto the stained fabrics with Jet Black Archival. I had fussy cut the lighter green stem and leaves and adhered onto the darker green panel.
I ran the stamped fabric through my sewing machine to add a stitched outline to the images then carefully fussy cut. OH–something that I did with the pieces of fabric before sewing & fussy cutting was, strengthen the fabric with fusible interfacing. I was worried that the fabric wouldn’t stand up to all of the machine stitching, so I ironed on pieces of fusible interfacing to make the fabric more sturdy.
I forgot to take pictures while I was stamping and assembling the wall hanging part itself–I was ‘sew’ in the zone!! ;)
I stamped and machine stitched the front and back pieces of muslin, then colored in a little bit with the same Distress Stains I used to stain the fabric with. I sandwiched a piece of cotton batting between the layers of muslin, added the three hanger pieces, and stitched the two panels together.
I adhered the Sunflower onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of muslin with Jet Black Archival and stitched onto another piece of fabric that I had stained with Black Soot DS and adhered to the panel.
I’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration (and motivation) to make something to specifically hang on this cool hangar, and Jan’s Sew, Sew, Sew Challenge theme happened! The wooden bobbin and bell pull hangar were sent to me by my Artsy Fartsy Crafty Friend-Deb, from Paxton Valley Folk Art. She creates the coolest banners and when she shares them on her blog, she displays them on this same bobbin/hangar set-up. Just love it–so simple and clever!! Thanks again, Deb!! :)
Thanks so much for coming ’round again! It’s been blogging busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, but things are about to calm down, now that the 1st of the month has hit. I’ll be back one more time before the day is out, so I hope you’ll hang with me, for just a little bit longer?! I’ll be back soon!!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Cotton Muslin Fabric; Fusible Interfacing; Cotton Batting
- Stamps: Lin Brown ELB24 (PaperArtsy)
- Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (Deco-Art); Black Enamel (Ranger)
- Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Fabric Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Paint Brush