Friday, 21 November 2014

All Sewn Up.

Hi Blogging Friends I'm All Sewn Up for A Vintage journey this week.

I was completely thrilled when I was asked to be a Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey for their current Challenge 19 "All Sewn Up".
Our lovely hostess Brenda Brown has chosen our challenge and I highly recommend that you pop over to check out the wonderful projects that the highly talented design team have come up with.
I feel very honoured to be working with them.

When the team from A Vintage Journey asked me to be a Guest Creative Guide, I was so excited especially when they said that the theme would be "All Sewn Up" how could an ex. Textiles teacher say no to that Lol! So I hope you enjoy what I've made.

For some time now I have been looking for a project to use some of the Tim Holtz fabrics.

I started with one of the Design Rolls to create a patchwork effect around the edge and gradually the project developed.

It began here:

After making this section I decided it needed a background to sit on and took one of the Tim Holtz Masks to sponge through (Latticework) with Silks.

I did this fairly randomly to give a Shabby Chic effect and this is how it looked at this stage.

I used a cotton Calico for this effect and started by sealing it with Gesso. As the cotton is very absorbent, sealing it first uses less paint.
Sorry about the jar Lol! but it gets a lot of use.
The fabric on the left is before application and the one on the right is after.
I then turned to what would be the top of the banner.
Another piece of Tim's fabric and the die was an obvious choice, "The Sewing Room", perfect.
The die was cut three times in Calico, felt and wadding which would be used to pad out the mannequin.

The next stage was to start putting the whole thing together with the addition of some Text from the Word Play Alphabet die and some extra embellishments in the form of Gadget Gears die and Weathered Clock, cut in felt.
With a few other bits and pieces and quite a bit of hand and machine sewing and what do you know, it's "All Sewn Up".

Just in case you were wondering how I finished the top to thread the cord through, here it is....

An old cardboard tube Lol! but it gives the top a lovely shape.

And here is the finished piece again.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting.
Now you can pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made.
Happy crafting,
Angela x


  1. Hi Angela! Every time I visit I get inspired by your makes! Gorgeous make! love the use of the lattice stencil and your front panel is gorgeous! i now also know what to do with those cardboard tubes from used silver foils I've been saving for 'when they come handy' times... thanks ;) Congrats on your GD spot! ;) xxx

  2. Congratulations on your guest designer spot Angela! What a fabulous project idea and it looks amazing! I love all the different patterns and that stencilled background is fantastic! Well done my crafty friend! hugs :)

  3. Fabulous make!! And a textiles teachers! Leaned a new thing about you today, Angela!! and I love the cardboard roll effect- nice look! and last but not least! Congratulations on your guest spot- well deserved! xo

  4. An 'ex textile teacher'??? Ha, that's me! I prefer working with paper but I find myself sewing on it a lot. Fabric and paper isn't so much different after all! Thanks for stopping by my blog last week, Hope you have a nice (crafty?) weekend! Happy, belated, woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #44

  5. Congrats on your GDT spot, wonderful banner a and love the background using silks! Have a crafty weekend! Ruth x

  6. Hi Angela,

    Oh, I'm so glad I'm late in visiting your desk this week! I love this project. Thanks for the easy to follow directions on how it all came together. Isn't it fun when we crafters find new uses for evryday items!


  7. I just knew this challenge would be perfect for you Angela and what a wonderful job you did with the fabulous Tim Holtz fabrics. Thanks so much for sharing the how to as well. It is a real pleasure to have you as Guest Designer at AVJ my lovely friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Hi Angela too late for WOYWW but I'm glad I came here. Love your banner..... I brought some of thuse TH fabric on holiday in the U.S. but I'm afraid to cut them.... Only brought a yard and don't want to waste it 😀. Maybe I should just go for it .... just looking for the right project


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When I know where you are, I can visit you too.
Angela x

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