I’ve been playing with my fabric scraps again. Totally inspired by the bright colors to pull myself out of the winter doldrums and create something springlike and happy. This time, a fun and funky pillow tuck I made for the Sizzix blog.
I’m all about trying to find new and creative ways to use my supplies. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the hearts yet. With a little imagination, basic shapes can take on new forms, like this little flower I made from the new Hearts, True Affections die. It’s definitely a unique twist on the norm, but that’s what makes it so fun.
The Hearts, True Affections die has three basic heart shapes to choose from. I used both the solid shape, and the outline shape to create my funky flower, in a bit of a mixed-media combination of fabric, floss, and water color paper. The whole thing was given a shabby finish with a liberal smearing of gesso, for good measure.
Water coloring has become a very hot trend again, and I’ve been slowly dipping my toes in the water. The outline here is actually water color paper that’s been sloshed with a range of green water colors. Since water color paper is much more sturdy than regular cardstock, it can really stand up to the abuse. After adding the outline to the top of my fabric, the two were hand stitched together, and then lightly tacked to a fabric backing. I stitched only the bottom and a couple of small tucks in the center, then left the rest free to float and bend.
I added a very shabby pair of hand-stitched leaves and a stem made from scrap wool, and viola…a flower emerges. Finished off with a spring sentiment embroidered from my own hand-writing. A few coiled rosettes and a big, bright fabric bow finish my design. It’s funky, but it makes me smile, and that’s all that matters. If you’re interesting in learning more, I have the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog today.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very happy day!
P.S. Looking ahead to tomorrow..
Fabric: Bobbins and Bits Collection by Designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics
Fusible Fleece Interfacing: Therm O Web
Gesso, Water Colors, Water Color Paper, Felt