It is so hard after a show deciding which projects to show and in what order. I usually do the ones that are most meaningful or are favorites first, but this time every project is a favorite! I really love today’s project. It got a lot of reaction at the show too so I think it was a crowd favorite as well.
As I was prepping for the show, I knew I was going to use several different vintage sewing elements as props. There would be lots of buttons and spools. It shopping for props I scored a large wooden spool. I felt a wave of inspiration. I have seen small wooden spools decorated with strips of paper that would unroll and tell a story. What if I did that will a long strip of quilted fabric on my large wooden spool?
I cut (actually I tore, I love the frayed edge) two strips of muslin and cotton quilt batting to 1 yard. I misted each piece of muslin with Antique Linen Distress Spray randomly to give it an aged look. Next, I sandwiched the batting between the muslin and sewed a million lines through it, up and down, side to side to give it a quilty look.
I stamped both sides of the quilt strip with my Dear Ruby stamp using Ranger Potting Soil Archival Ink. I used ink blending tools to apply Distress Ink randomly over the fabric. I used favorite colors like Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Peeled Paint, and Scattered Straw. I misted the fabric lightly to blend the ink. The end result is a watercolor look.
I sewed a strip of Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon to the center of the fabric strip.
I adhered several strips of vintage lace to the end of the quilted strip. I added a couple of small Floweret Posies and leaves from the Pom Pom Posies set. I die cut the flowers from crinoline and colored them with Distress Spray Stains. (I will have a tutorial coming soon for making these sweet posies.)
In addition to the flowers I added a couple of vintage paint brushes, a wonderful blue rhinestone vintage button, and a bit of ribbon and pearl sprays that were treasures from a visit to the French General in Los Angeles.
I also added a fun ephemera definition card from Jillibean Soup. I thought the definition was a good choice for an out of the box project like this one!
I plan on this project being on an ongoing project. I will be adding to it over time. I think I will mainly use it for saved bits of vintage ribbons, lace, jewelry bits, and buttons. I may print some small pictures on canvas and include them also. I think it will be a fun way to bring together little bits and pieces of things I love into one place. It will be easier to look at those things and enjoy them instead of them being tucked away in bins and jars.
For the show, I only did as much as would show while it was on display. I sewed and pinned several little bits of ribbon to the fabric.
Isn’t it so fun? What I love about projects like this is that they are a perfect canvas to telling your story through little bits and pieces. It is the perfect canvas for pulling together little tokens of everything you love. <3
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