Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Sewing for Try It On Tuesday!

You did read that correctly - I found my sewing machine! Well okay, it wasn't really lost, just that it has been a handy surface for so long for storage, drying projects etc. and had become covered up for ages!! The theme this time at Try It On Tuesday is Sewing and Buttons and although I do have some sewing related stamps I decided to make a little nature book! I wanted to try stamping on some of the fabrics that I have collected over the years and compare them! I also had some old blouses that I had cut bits from so what you see on the cover is from the front of one of them!

I added some ribbon that I bought on our travels in Austria last year and a flower cut with the TH strip Tattered Florals die. I used some muslin and another bit of an old T shirt.
Now for the inside
Page 1 - Indigo-blu butterfly stamped onto a loose weave muslin, coloured with distress markers
Page 2 part of an old blouse - the flower made with blue felt, stamped linen and part of yet another blouse.
Page 3 - The little birds cut from some ribbon, a scrap of some fabric bought at a show, the little bird on a branch stamped onto a fairly loose weave linen type fabric and yet another blouse cut up along the bottom
Page 4 - part of the yoke of a white blouse - a flower using the same fabric as the one on page 3 and a piece of Hessian type fabric painted with Snowflake Fresco paint - I used a little bit of Stonewashed Adirondak ink to colour the edge of the petals.
Page 5 - Just so you don't think I only wear blue - part of an old pink flowered blouse - just added buttons and a bit of pink lace painted over with snowflake again
Page 6 - Linen stamped with a Stampendous flower in Potting Soil Archival then onto a smaller square with a distress marker in pink(?) and stuck on over the top. A little bit of vintage lace along the edge.
Page 7- some fabric,(TH I think) on top of linen
Page 8 - More shirt as the base for another loose weave fabric stamped with Potting Shed Archival and some lace along the bottom
Page 8 and 9 - some curtain fabric - a larger leaf cut out and sewn on to P8 and my little Inkylicious bird branch stamped using Lettuce Adirondack ink with the bird coloured in with Distress pen
Page 10 - an image transfer made by using multi medium onto a magazine photo.
Page 11 - the rose stamp was coloured with distress pens before stamping onto a fine linen. The lace came from a market I think. 
As I was sewing I left some little pockets to add some tags

I haven't put anything on the back of my little book but I did add some ribbon decorate the spine.

I hope you will join in the sewing bee at Try It On Tuesday which is open for all kinds of projects based on the Sewing and Buttons theme.
Why not pop over and see the fabulous inspiration from the design team?

Thanks for looking, Chris

22 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful piece, so beautiful! Hugs, Valerie

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful piece, so beautiful! Hugs, Valerie

sirkkis said...

Oooh, you've made so fantastic work with your sewing machine and your talents. I love all what you created from fabric and laces. And I must confess I envy those who can use a sewing machine - I don't...
Hugs xx

Georgie C said...

What a beautiful little book Chris, I love what you'e done with your sewing machine to create this gem.

You need to keep that sewing machine out :)
Hugs
Georgie xx

massofhair said...

Favourite make of yours in .2015 so far for me Chris. Exquisite pages and stitching, so very pretty and practical:-) xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Chris, this is just spectacular!! Every page is full of yummy shabby details!! I love the pocket that's actually a pocket...so creative!! What a great way to store your tags, just breathtaking! hugs :)

chrissies said...

Amazing ideas in this gorgeous book I feel inspired to make one it is so terrific

Love Chrissie x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gosh! What a treasure.. this is utterly beautiful Chris!

Margik said...

What wonderful book, Chris! Love all the beautiful pages and the different fabrics and lace. The tags are fantastic too. LOVE IT!
Hugs, Mar

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your nature book Chris and admire your sewing skills ( I can't sew).

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your nature book Chris and admire your sewing skills ( I can't sew).

Meggymay said...

A stunning book Chris, I was looking forward to seeing inside and as I anticipated it looks fabulous. Love it.
Yvonne xx

Mrs.B said...

A wonderful book Chris, love that you have shown the inside too, which is fabulous with all those details and stamping.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

A wonderful book Chris, love that you have shown the inside too, which is fabulous with all those details and stamping.
Avril xx

Zue said...

This is a lovely fabric book, Chris. Just gorgeous!
Aren't you glad you get your sewing machine out? I am making a dress for my daughter, white broderie anglaise with full lining......what did I let myself in for?
Sue x

Nancy said...

Wonderfull, wonderful! I have a vintage fabric and lace book waiting in the wings. Yours inspires me to get on with it.

Rein said...

This is gorgeous, I love it!

Rein said...

This is gorgeous, I love it!

sally said...

How fabulous is this! I had to move my machine off my desk as it was always buried whenever I wanted to use it,,,,now I struggle to find somewhere to set it up LOL. Love the purchases on your desk, I got the "build a flower" one in the USA a few years ago. Enjoy your holiday,

Sally

Juliz Design Post said...

Oh my goodness Chris, what a wonderful keepsake and every page so beautifully stitched. Love the little pocket and how you have created holders for your tags. Stunning.

butterfly said...

I remain in awe of anyone working with fabric, and especially with sewing machines! I love that you've incorporated pieces of favourite old clothing, giving this gorgeous book a really personal touch - it's absolutely charming, Chris.
Alison xx

Ruth said...

Absolutely delightful Chris, such a treasure, and then those little tags are so pretty. Just beautiful. Hats off to you! Ruth x