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Thursday, June 3, 2010

There's a bit of craziness abound. Come on in!

A metal shrine, some fabric scraps, lace, beads, and milagros - carefully mix all ingredients. When finished, enjoy your art piece. I came across this shrine during our last trip to Santa Fe. The front glass door opens to reveal an interior that is approximately 3/4" deep. Perfect to display a small piece of artwork. The interior measures 4" x 6" - superbly suited to an afternoon's work.
Sorry about the bad pic, but this is really the reason I love my Bernina so much. The perfect foot for each and every task. Makes sewing 'sew' easy and fun. I used a #37 Patchwork foot and a #23 clear applique foot.
I prefer to audition my embellishments on the finished piece of crazy patch fabric. The crazy patch technique is easy to master, I promise. You start with a 5 sided piece of fabric and sew fabric pieces to each straight edge of the 5 sided piece one piece at a time. Click here for a quick tutorial. Also check out Judith Baker Montano's and Gloria McKinnon's lovely work! Thanks Gloria for the lovely inspiration while I was in Dallas! I certainly needed that jolt. By the way, the little silk cigarette silk is from Anne's Glory Box.

Here is the finished piece. I backed it with a piece of chipboard and then used Tim Holtz's
Tiny Attacher to staple the fabric to the chipboard. I love the rough look the staples add to the delicate stitching and laces.
A close up of the lady in prayer, the bead work at the bottom of the silk cigarette print, and the stitched ribbon.
French knots decorate the tiny lace addition.
French silk flower ribbon covers one seam while a button is attached with some embroidery floss. The silver mesh you see in the background is an antique piece of silver mesh. It's very delicate and doesn't lend itself well to clothing construction but is perfect for this type of decorative work.
And old buckle and strap from a pair of Brighton shoes.
Vintage buttons.
The finished piece. I had to photograph it with the door open so that you could see how lovely this looks as a finished piece. Hope you like it and are inspired to do something along these lines of your own.
Guess what??? It's my 200th blog post! I can hardly believe that. To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of the book A-Z of Thread Painting. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog, one per day for the next week. I'll draw for the prize on June 11th. Be nice and share this giveaway with your friends.

I've linked up with Romantic Homes blog to partake in Cindy's Show and Tell Friday. Stop by for a visit, you won't regret it!


My Crafty Little Page said...

Wow - I love that. I have to come back and check out your tutorial! :) Nancy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I think it looks absolutely terrific!!

great job!!


Jeannie said...

I love it and it reminds me of all the lovely keepsakes I have of Santa Fe - Bravo!

Sherry said...

That looks very nice. I love sewing. I have never used a Bernina. I bet it would make sewing less frustrating. Although I always plug away and get things done.
Come by my blog and win $50 CSN giveaway.

Susan said...

That is so creative!! Love it!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow this is fabulous!! I would love for you to visit My blog. I am also hosting a Giveaway from CSN for $40 dollars !!

Debbie said...

Wow!!! this is beautiful!! Love all the things you add, from stitching to buttons, to buckles. So unique.

Faith said...

Love it!

DesigningLadyJane said...

This is so gorgeous, it is really artistic! Beautiful composition, wonder individual pieces.

Sarah said...

What a fun idea! I've done crazy quilts and smaller pieces. It's such fun to think of different ways to embellish each section. Great job! ~ Sarah

lucybear said...

What a great idea. I love thread painting and did alot of it before the embroidery machine arrived. Your blog is soooo much fun to read and I look forward to it. thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi Marlis,

You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful creations! This one is my favorite of all. It is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with all of us.

See you Saturday at club.


Jeannie said...

Oh, I LOVE your rooster table! I have GOT to embroider some placemats like that! You are so clever!


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