I created this ‘stitched bit’ almost two years ago when I began my artistic journey:
I still love looking at it – something in me connects with fabric…!
So, I thought maybe it was time to create another one, and I created one this week:
Just bits of nothing really, and yet oddly calming and quieting to work on. As I arrange and then re-arrange the ‘bits’ I find myself transported to places of ‘nowhere’. Everywhere but nowhere.
Thinking about lots of things, but thinking about nothing.
Dreaming many dreams but dreaming of nothing.
Odd. Calming. Restoring.
On one of my jaunts through a thrift store I happened upon a bread bag of scraps in Christmas colors – reds / greens / prints….all obviously cast-off and cut-offs from Christmas Crafts Past and it was ONLY 60 CENTS, so I rescued it from the thrift store and sat down to create something….I added a few buttons, and it slowly started to take shape:
The colors seemed to dictate a Christmas theme, and so I just stayed with that:
kept finding bits….putting them together in interesting combinations:
and I emerged with this:
I included loops on the top and hung it from a rod I had….still haven’t pressed it but I stitched a back to it and I guess I will call it freehand-textile-art….!
From something that someone else considered garbage, or a waste, something (somewhat!) beautiful was able to be created…..isn’t that a great metaphor for our lives? How many of us live thinking or feeling that all we’ve got left is the garbage, the waste…how much good do we actually have left to offer the world?
How many of us think that what we have to give is worth nothing, or maybe only 60 cents….
Maybe the magic isn’t in our offering. Maybe the magic is in allowing someone with greater vision and creativity the opportunity to form something beautiful out of it.
I’m just sayin’.
All this stitching reminds me of some work my friend Julie has done….work completely done with fabric:
hmmm…maybe I’ll have to keep exploring!
Here is someone else exploring their love of fabric through stitched bits.
Join me: I’m
This one was alot of fun to do!
If you have two t-shirts, scissors and a needle and thread you can do it in an evening or less!
I started by cutting a strip off the bottom of a purple t-shirt….it was a HUGE t-shirt…not even sure why we have it, but that’s the blessing of a scrap bin I guess. If your standard t-shirt is not wide enough to make a decent length scarf you could always stitch two pieces together.
The flowers are the simplest thing EVER! I just cut some random size circles out of both colors, and started to play with them. If you pinch from the middle of the circle, you will see a flower shape emerge quite easily. I just used my needle and thread to hold the folds in place and stitched them on.
A few fringes at the bottom et voila!
I see a few more of these in my future….!
..who knows how many crafty little things I will come up with while on vaca….idle hands ‘n’ all….I think I’m just making up for the past few months of nothingness.
Here is another installment of a little girl’s dress made from a vintage sheet….such a sweet pattern!
Then I had some time on my hands and had seen examples of these floating around the blogosphere….so I thought I had to try my hand at it. I used a very thick marker, so next time, and there will be a next time…(!), I will use a much thinner marker tip….maybe I’ll include a tutorial too!
I played with it in Photoshop and like this one nearly as much!
I also had this roman blind sample kicking around….it had gotten pretty dirty, faded and just started looking yukky on display, so I brought it home and subjected it to my scissors…
There will be 6 other ladies from across Canada with me at a Sales convention in Dallas next week, and since we all spend alot of time in our cars, I made one of these for everyone!
I found 6 different vintage buttons, so they are all a little bit different, but useful just the same!