Thursday, July 19, 2018

Porcine and Other Fiber Adventures...

Quite a few of my textile projects get their start on our quilt guild's freebie table. Such is the case with this hoop hanging featuring a flower-bedecked pig. A farm fabric with all sorts of barnyard animals was there for the taking. So was the wooden embroidery hoop. Our daughter is a fan of pigs, and supports several sanctuaries. I thought a hoop hanging might be just right for her. The only items I needed to purchase were the pom-pom trim and some felt to cover the back of this piece. I used fusible web, fabric, paint and embroidery floss from my stash and spent a few enjoyable evenings embroidering the accents. She looks like a star to me!

Also completed are 30 little stitched collages done in a vintage style as part of Find Your Flow- an online class with Karen Abend. Every day I'd combine bits and pieces, and assemble them on the sewing machine.

I pulled items from the assortment I've collected over the years, knowing that "someday" there would be a use for them. Someday has finally arrived, and I like how they go together along with the good feeling of recycling. This one has some old lace in the background, bridal trim, a stamp and vintage image atop a cleaned up tea bag.

More lace, yarn, tatting and trims combine in this tag that features a transparency image.

Here's another transparency with bridal trim, vintage buttons, another tea bag and a bit of sheet music.

Don't you love these twins? They are part of the die-cut vintage-look images by Tim Holz. The background is book paper, tea bag, cancelled stamps on a tag that is gel printed.

Toward the end of the 30 days, I departed from the fully neutral look by doing some free-motion stitch drawing and added color with Inktense pencils. All of the participants really gave their creative minds quite a workout. It was lots of fun, and my collages will go into a journal eventually.

Never content to work on only one thing at a time, I thought I'd show you this pile of goodness. It's on its way to becoming something soon. More will be revealed in time. No wonder my sewing room is often so out of control! In a good "messy fun" way of course.


sonja said...

i love your vintage collages of gathered and long time collection of fabric bits. There is a story going on when i combine photo and fabric and bit and bobs. i think we are all story tellers.
Love me a good messy fun too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That pig is out of this world. I think it is PERFECT for your daughter.

I about fell out of my chair as I read about these collages. They are simply unbelievable. I am truly in awe of each and every one of them. Those TH paper dolls sure get around, don't they? I love how you used these sisters.

Robbie said...

First off your flower-bedecked pig is adorable. I'm sure your daughter likes it as well! Now on to the Vintage collages! These are fabulous!!! Oh my....I love have a wonderful collection there!!!! Just fab, Nancy!!!

Jan said...

Your collaged bits are delightful! I love the stitching you did on them, much more refined from most peoples run of the mill straight stitching, you inspire me. Did you put much of a dent in your stash with all these wonderful collages? I'll bet not. I also would bet that your daughter loves her stitched pig hanging! It is wonderful! What? You didn't have any pom pom trim on hand? :-)

Createology said...

Sew fun to see how you combined your fun ephemera into even more fun collages to showcase each element. <3