Hello there and happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! There is still time for you to join in the November Art with Heart Challenge. The theme is A Stitch in Time and you can interpret it however you want. Let's see your creativity! Link up a project and you'll have a good chance of winning a prize from Eileen's new Stitchlits collection. (Trust me, you want these dies!!) I used several of them from the collection to create a little sewing themed shadow box:
This started out as a Tim Holtz 6 x 8 in burlap panel. I used the "wrong" side so I could make it a little shadow box! I painted the inside pink and also added some touches of pink paint to the burlap sides. I glued a section of a vintage measuring tape around the side to act as a frame.
To create the stitched background, I used the large Border Stitchlits die to cover a piece of quilt batting with multiple rows of holes.
I just ran the batting through my Big Shot multiple times, shifting the die and lining up the grid of holes to cut each background section. If you are a quilter, you most likely know of the usefulness of freezer paper. It has a plastic side that you can temporarily iron onto fabric. I ironed on a piece of it to the back of the batting to help stabilize it and get a crisper cut. (I did not peel it off after die cutting.)
|Freezer paper – it's not just for food!|
Then I used embroidery floss to stitch a pattern in the corner before I glued it into the burlap panel. I also used embroidery floss to embellish the Flowers & Leaf Stitchlits cuts. The possibilities are endless for how you layer and stitch (or don't stitch) these little flowers. (This is one of my favorite dies in the collection.) Take a peek at some closeups of all the different ways I used them:
|Fun fact: those little cuties in the photo were my great aunts!|
Thanks for sticking with me here. ;-) Be sure to check out the wonderful projects my teammates have been creating all month with the new Stitchlits collection. You can find them on Eileen's blog. We would love to see your "sew crafty" projects, the challenge links is HERE.
Happy Thanksgiving and I recommend spending your time creating instead of fighting Black Friday shopping crowds. ;-) The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!