Saturday, June 15, 2013

June BBArtisans Challenge - Artful Letter and Stitch Journal


"How about a little twist on the saying something old."  
That's the challenge that Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) put before us 
over at the BBArtisans team blog, to take something old and make it new.   


I was thinking, I could make some paper beads from old paper, but decided instead to use one of my 21 Secrets workshops for this challenge.    Joanne Sharpe's Artful Lettering workshop was perfect!   


When I was in the fabric store buying supplies, I found some leftover textiles called "Fabric Quarters."  Aren't they beautiful?  I just love fabric!  I picked up three tie-dye quarters before I even knew what I'd be using them for, just because I liked how they looked.  


After I finished my practice sampler for the workshop, I was instructed to "sandwich" some poly-fil between two pieces of fabric.  Here's where the fabric quarters came in.  Since I don't have a sewing machine, I backstitched around the outside edge of the three layers.  Then used my new found blanket stitch to adhere my stitched muslin piece to the cover.  I sprayed glue on my practice sampler and it's now on the inside cover.  The last step was to sew at least one signature into my journal - I used white mixed media paper.  


So here it is:  Something Old (the fabric) and 
Something New (my stitching and mixed media paper)!   

11 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

Fabulous! I love it! what a wonderful use of fabric to 'upcycle' it into a beautiful book!

pasqueflower said...

Very colorful. Love all the hand stitching and your lazy daisy flower on the cover.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I like your page of stitches and hints to yourself on how to make them! Nicely done! Those fabric quarters are great -- I always look through them when I want just a little bit of fabric!

Kathleen said...

Very fun! It turned out great.

Judy Nolan said...

What a great way to combine old with new! There's nothing stodgy about your stitch sampler--you'll want to doodle stitch every time you look at this...I know that's how I feel when I look at it. :-)

Erika and James said...

I like stopping by JoAnne's blog from time to time to see what she has created. What a talent.
I like the fabric you found. Makes me want to go through my remnant stash and get creating.

Memories for Life said...

What a fun project! I like how you incorporated the challenge to learn a new technique.

Linda Blatchford said...

Your idea came out beautiful.

Rose said...

Really fun, Deb! I love the mix of materials.

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a great project! so artsy!

Abby / Linda said...

Wonderful mix of old and new! I like the finished piece!

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