I am so excited to be participating in The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Hop 2011! Today the hoppers are all featuring projects using the Henna Hands 6×6 stencil. The other hoppers for today’s blog hop are:
Please be sure to visit the other ladies on the hop and check out their amazing creations featuring the Henna Hands template.
I have a thing for the folk heart in hand emblem so when asked if I wanted the work with the Henna Hands Stencil I said yes since it was a hand. The trick for me was finding a way to use it, with its very distinctive style in a way that was all me.
To create the small quilted hand, I used the hand with the eye as a stencil for the shape of the hand. I laid the stencil on a piece of white muslin and traced the lines of the hand onto the fabric with a pencil.
I layered the fabric with the tracing with two scrap pieces of batting (I wanted it to be puffy) as well as another layer of muslin. (The stack is muslin, batting, batting, muslin with tracing.)
I machine stitched along the pencil lines. My machine is a traditional machine with no free motion sewing (pout) so because the design is small, it entailed a lot of hand cranking and turn. It was slow but well worth the effort.
After sewing, trim away the excess fabric and batting, leaving a slight border around the stitching.
I laid the template over the quilted hand and used Distress Ink on an ink blending tool to ink over the template. I used just the ink that was already on my foam so that it would be very soft looking. I focused my application on mostly the palm area since I wanted to keep the fingers simple.
Next, I inked over the whole surface of the hand with a very light application of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on a Ink Blending Tool. I felt the white was a bit stark so the addition of light pink made it softer looking.
I freehand cut a small pink heart out of felt to adhere to the palm of the hand. I secured it with Therm O Web’s Super Stick. In case you didn’t know, Super Stick is not just a great paper glue stick, it is also a fabric adhesive. It works great to tack items in place before sewing. Imagine trying to pin this tiny heart in place or trying to sew it while holding it in place. Super Stick is not gummy and won’t build up on your machine’s needle as you sew through it. If you are making a wearable item, the adhesive will wash out when you launder the item, making it great for appliques and patches.
I finished the heart by machine stitching it in place. Again, this required a lot of hand turning of the feed and lifting the foot and turning. Every time I sew something tiny like this I say out loud how much I need a new and more modern machine, one with free motion and better tension. . . someday.
With the hand finished I went to work on a tag to use it on. I used the Victorian Velvet Distress Ink brushed over the Mini Chevron stencil with an Ink Blending Tool. I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain over the surface of the tag to soften the color. I then inked the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.
I added a bit of stitching along the chevron design to accent the zig zag design and the stitching theme. Did I mention the bad tension on my machine? Yikes, this photo really shows how bad it can get. It is either ok or bad, never really great any more. I think this illustrates the downside of sewing directly onto a paper project. Once it is there, the holes are there. You could pull it out, but you have to really work hard to restitch it and hit the same holes. I didn’t really want to remake my tag so I decided to go with it. Since I was going for an old quilt look that it kind of works with the feel of the project. I don’t love it, but it works.
Next, I used the Mini Fractured Flower Stencil on manila cardstock and misted it with Mister Huey’s to create a quilt piece. I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain over the piece once the mist was dry to mute the vivid colors of the mist. Once it was dry, I cut the piece out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I adhered the piece onto the tag and sewed along the inner lines and outside edges.
I adhered the hand on the quilt over the the “center” of the flower, allowing it to hang off of the tag a bit. I added to small pins to make it look as if it was pinned in place.
Finally, to finish it, I added the phrase “What I make with my hands, I give with my heart” which is my crafty motto. I used my favorite Hero Arts letter stamps with Vintage photo Distress Ink.
Don’t forget to check out the other blogs in the hop to see even more ideas for this fun stencil!