Sunday, March 18, 2007
I'm working on some fabric charms for a swap -- and I'm really loving them. The theme is Mother Nature and the colours are supposed to be sepia, blue and green.
First, I printed some clip art nests onto coffee dyed fabric. Then I hand painted the nests and the eggs (I added Pearl Ex to the blue -- it's kind of shimmery) with acrylic washes. Then I cut out the images and sewed them onto little squares of vintage cotton upholstery fabric.(I layered some fibres in behind on my second one). On the backs I stamped "nest" on to heavy muslin (it was a really old table cloth...). And I sandwiched it all up with some felt in the middle to make it a bit puffy. Next time I'll add some heavy interfacing in the middle for the eyelet to grab on to. And I have to go out this afternoon and buy some antique white thread. I have off-white -- but it looks pretty stark white here.
** I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOME FEEDBACK before I complete any more. Do you think that I should round the edges off to make the charms oval?? Any other suggestions?? The finished size is 1" x 1 1/8"