Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tutorial. Turn a Skirt into a Shabby-Chic Heart Wreath

Upcycle a skirt into a wreath.
 
From this
 

To This
 

And this
 
to this
 


Turn a pretty skirt into a shabby-chic heart wreath.
 
These 2 skirts I found at a charity shop.
The fabrics were too nice to leave behind, and
are perfect for this project.
 
You need.
 
A skirt or large shirt could be used too.
Cut apart and all bits saved.
 
 
 
a wire coathanger
Strips of wadding
a long necklace (upcycled of course)
 
Firstly. Push,pull,bend and generally manipulate the wire coathanger into a heart shape. Try to find the lighter metal ones.
And a pair of pliers is very handy to help.


 
Then using strips of wadding, wrap the heart.
Ive been upcycling the inner from a duvet.A new one that I rescued second-hand.
 


If the strips arn't long enough then just stab stitch
thru all the layers with needle n thread when adding a new strip. Same when we get to the fabric wrapping.
 
The Beige skirt is a lacey fabric, so I wrapped the wreath with the lining fabric first and then the lacey fabric,
For the blue wreath, the one layer was fine.
 
The cat just HAD to help.:)
 
Righto,
next wrap with the top layer of fabric.
 

Next I've wrapped the flowery ruffle from the skirt.

And then added bunches of rolled roses and a bow.
The roses are from strips of the skirt and the bow
is plaited from the offcuts of all the seams.
 



Pearly beads were stitched here n there.
On the blue wreath I wrapped a long vintage blue -glass necklace and tacked into place.
 
 
 I hope you have fun with this project too :)
 
Lots of Happy Shabby Stitching
 
Phillipa
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

September CQJP.

 
 



Lots of textures bouncing against each other.
Velvet,silk, ribbon,lace, covered in stitching and sequins.
 
Happily stitching,
 
Phillipa


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Spring Flowers






Upcycled beads, vintage laces, silk scarves, chiffon scarves.
 
Happy Spring Stitching :)
 
Phillipa


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Crazy quilt Block #5

Pulled finger and got my act together ;)
Another block for the CQJP project.
Its a lot richer than it looks in the photo.



I think she's giving me a very "its about time" look..lol


Happily stitching

Phillipa


Monday, August 06, 2012

Another Long term Project

Following on from my previous post.
I dont like to have the big frame empty.
And it's time to do something bigger and very boldly coloured.
Sooooo.



I drew up this very stylised design of flowers with very little detail. Picked some very bold colours and now use it to stitch when I want my mind to rest.
The size of it will make a large wall hanging or even a floor rug.
Will decide on that later.
Its #10 canvas I think and I'm using DMC wools.

how are your long term projects coming along??

Happily stitching as always :)

Phillipa

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Distraction Over

Distraction Over
Off the big frame and on a temporary
hanging.I hate the blocking stage so it may hang for awhile yet ;)
Actually Im very pleased by how little distortion there is.
26" x 20"



Now to get back to my CQJP blocks. only 3 months behind..lol

Always Stitching
Phillipa

Monday, June 11, 2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

Shabby Collage Goth Birthday Card

Sent out last Month :)


Tricky to photograph but you get the idea :)
Double-click for a better view
A5 in size

Happy Stitching

Phillipa





Monday, May 14, 2012

Shabby Chic Mothers Day Cards

Our 2 mums LOOOve donkeys. So what better than a
cute donkey card, made by me ;) ,
for Mothers Day.

A childs vintage hanky and some delicious lace,
a  mixture of stitching and a scattering of beads and bling.
And Voila.!!
pretty cute (if I dont say so myself ;) )



Quick, and fun and oh so cute :)

Anyone else make anything for Mothers day,
or recieved anything handmade?

Fun, fun stitching

Phillipa

Thursday, May 10, 2012