Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

A stitched paper and fabric collage using a botanical print and drawings on paper with lace, a handmade heart, map and chintz fabric. The drawings are of Napoleon’s entourage, by an unknown artist whose work I picked up at an estate sale. My sewing skills are improving as I make these simple collages almost every day. I enjoy occasionally putting a lot into a collage and then being dissatisfied with it enough to deconstruct it and cut it up into as many heart shapes as I can get out of the project. The hearts are usually way more interesting than the original project. Don’t forget your “failures” can turn into great opportunities if you refuse to let things get precious and are willing to either take them apart or really alter them significantly.

A printed napkin is the foundation for this stitched collage featuring a vintage postcard image, lace, handmade stitched heart and vintage handwriting on old lined paper. There is some eyelet edging and tulle thrown in for good measure. The cat is wearing eyeglasses which cracks me up because my cat is cross eyed and needs them. She could also use that good looking hat and not the junk mail paper hat that Bob insists she wear each day when she helps him sort the mail. Perhaps this verges on “too much information”.

One day I painted some muslin with Micaceous Iron Oxide by Golden and gathered a print and some other handpainted cloth and began to sew the pieces together randomly by machine. I simply went where the machine needle was pointing and sewed for about 20-30 minutes, I would say. Then I took scissors and began to (again) randomly cut away at the layers of fabric I had sewn together. What began to emerge was one pretty obvious funky bird, and a few others if you are able to rotate the circle around and stare for a minute or so. After the first cutting session, I added more machine sewing and cut again. Ultimately, I sewed whatever needed it and then appliqued the silver cut circle to the top of the piece and called it finished. I could also title this Bird Mandala.