Hello everyone and welcome to followers new and longstanding. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks for all the amazing comments you guys have been leaving me. It is truly humbling and such a boost to confidence. Please remember, I don't mind if you haven't the time every time you visit. As long as you are inspired, for me that's job done.
So, with that in mind here's my next offering.
Hallelujah for a sunny spell!! It could have proved so much more difficult to photograph this without the clouds parting for a while - good things do happen. Now to show you where I started with this.
Those who attended the Stitches show may recognise the freebie bag that was handed out. It is lovely and light with a rather convenient pocket at the front, but not the most attractive accessory on the planet (sorry Korbond, but I figured it could look a lot better!)
Tim's Tattered Floral challenge and the Eclectic Paperie Altered Fabric challenge provided the perfect starting point. There needed to be a base to the flower arrangement, so I took some lace net curtaining, cut it into workable shapes, and then used Distress Paints, water and my fingers to die it. Those paints do blend well when you work them a bit, and being acrylic I knew they wouldn't run if my bag were caught in the rain (we get a little of that in the UK!!!)
After dying and drying each of these shapes were hand stitched onto the bag as fabric spray wouldn't hold them securely enough. Then attention turned to the flowers. I was lucky enough to spend a few happy hours with my very good friend Rosie using the Tattered Florals dies to cut up various types of material including denim and more plain net curtaining. The latter also needed sloshing around in a watery mix of Distress Paints to give it a less harsh mottled look.
Making up the layers into flowers took a wee while as I had to create heavy cotton lace rosettes to support the flowers at the base and give them more dimension. They were then stitched together with buttons and sewn onto the bag.
Now I have a lovely looking bag to take to other shows, big enough to hold 'stuff' and light enough to be convenient! Hurrah! Hope you like it too. Hugs, Jenny xxx