Monday 1 July 2013

Sewing Frame

It's a new month so Simon Says Stamp and Show are offering a week of ANYTHING GOES this week, that's right create whatever you please, whatever direction creativity takes you, we would love to see how you are inspired.

I simply enjoyed the freedom of just playing this week and stumbled upon a frame and inspiration struck to create a sewing themed piece.

Typical we have an anything goes challenge and I am stuck for ideas so I decided to scan my room and whatever grabbed my attention I would use; in this case it was the Tim Holtz Alterations Sewing Room Die and a frame.  I had no idea where I was going with this piece but I decided to give myself some freedom and just play and see where it took me! I simply gathered bits and pieces that I thought might work with the die and began to play, no theme, just freedom to do whatever I liked. The Mini Blueprints 3 stamp set was an obvious choice and the scissors seemed a perfect fit.The Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay Garden Molds were also lying around so I thought I would bring them into my piece using in conjunction with clay to add a further texture to my piece. I have really enjoyed the experience of just allowing my creativity to just go in whatever direction I like.
The first thing I decided to do was to stamp the scissor image onto a piece of calico and add stitched lines along each to sort of represent cut along here that you see on packaging. I left the threads as I quite liked the natural feeling to it.
This is the frame prior to any decoration. At first I was going to crackle the frame but whilst playing I decided against the crackle, that's the freedom of an anything goes challenge!
I painted the frame with inky pool Fresco Finish Paint (I did not bother to paint the central panel as this is will be covered. I then added 'FRAGILE' and 'AUTHENTIC' using the Classic Words Stencils For Art and white embossing paste.
I applied white embossing paste through a Crafters Workshop mini tile texture template onto the frame.
It's so satisfying when things come together when you are just playing with no concrete idea in mind.
A coat of inky pool paint was then applied over the embossing paste.
Whilst the paint was drying I then applied sky paint to the scissor images. I simply added paint to my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed the paint with a little water and painted the images, as well as my fingers by the look of them in this picture!
At this stage I decided that I need to lighten the frame a touch and so dry brushed sky all over the frame and then applied Treasure Silver Gilding Wax to my finger and rubbed over the raised embossed areas and the edges of the frame.
The next step was to die cut the dressform using the sewing room die and I decided that the wallpaper stamp from Tim Holtz would be the perfect way to decorate the dress form. I applied inky pool paint to a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam and applied the paint to the stamp, aiming to apply an even coverage to the stamp. Once you have finished stamping it is important to clean your stamp thoroughly.
I simply pressed the die cut dressform onto the paint covered stamp and removed.
To tone down the white background a touch I applied broken china Distress Ink to the die cut.
I now began to think about embellishing and decided it would be fun to create some paper clay embellishments.
Simply press the paper clay into the molds, removing any excess and ensuring the clay is pushed into the design and then remove. They make fabulous lightweight embellishments.
It was then simply a case of assembling.
I painted the paper clay embellishments with inky pool paint and then highlighted the raised areas with Treasure Silver Gilding Wax.
Before adding the calico fabric to the frame I stitched buttons to the calico and added 'cut' and 'sew' using Alpha Parts Signmaker letters. I added touches of Gilding Wax to each of the letters. I also added a sewing machine embellishment and touches of Elements Tissue Tape.
A couple more paper clay embellishments and some scissor brass embellishments which I coloured with silver Paint Dabber. You can also see the fabulous texture from the embossing paste.
I love the touches of thread and the fact that the frame is so tactile.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Alterations - Sewing Room Die
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprints 3
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Wallpaper And Wood
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Alpha Parts Signmaker, Elements Tissue Tape
Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay Garden Molds
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Inky Pool
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Classic Words
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Crafters Workshop Mini Tile Texture Template
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Treasure Silver Gilding Wax
Broken China Distress Ink
Silver Paint Dabber


Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully designed and put together Tracy. Love the deep blue and dry brushing over it. The trio of scissors are a great background and the clay a perfect addition.
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Helen said...

Fantastic frame, Tracy, love the dress form with that pattern stamped onto it in the paint, just perfect. As always,your attention to the little details is just spot on.

sally said...

Those little scissor charms are quite delightful and for me are what really makes this work :-) thanks for sharing.


Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, You are a genius !! This project is stunning, I love the whole theme and the calico and stamping etc, is genius, the dressform with paint is stunning and the clay flowers and embellies are gorgeous, lovely colour too.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful project Tracy! Love the stamping on calico, stitching, the shades of blue and great paste textures. The clay embellishments are perfect here.

Words and Pictures said...

I love the stamping and stitching on the fabric - genius - and the texture on the frame is beyond cool! The damask dress form looks so lovely. What a fabulous make, Tracy.
Alison x

Words and Pictures said...

I love the stamping and stitching on the fabric - genius - and the texture on the frame is beyond cool! The damask dress form looks so lovely. What a fabulous make, Tracy.
Alison x

Candy C said...

Tracy...I love your little frame that is all about sewing. First of all, the center, where you've stamped and then stitched is really a cool idea. Love that and love the way you've colored the scissors! The frame itself is a really pretty color and I love all of the stenciling and texture you've added to it. The dressform with the stamped on color really pops. Love all of the little paper clay embellishments, too. So many techniques and so much detail on one piece! Love it! <3 Candy

Annie said...

A beautiful project Tracy. I love the colours you have used and the paper clay embellies are fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes

Annie x

Terry said...

I have a bunch of frames to alter and one day I will hop to it! Tracy, I love your altered sewing frame and all the details you shared! A work of art!

Meihsia Liu said...

Woooo... Tracy, this is such a beautiful project! Love the stamping and stitching on the fabric. The paper clay flowers are so gorgeous. Thank you for the great inspiration! :)

May said...

Gorgeous altered frame, Love the stitched background & the clay flowers are so beautiful...Great texture & colours...Hugs May x x x

Redanne said...

How wonderful that you had the freedom to 'just create' - your piece is gorgeous, I love the clay embellishments, which look like beautiful buttons. Love your treatment of the frame too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

lilygee said...

Love this frame Trace - so much detail; a really charmimg creation!
Jean xx

Unknown said...

Hi Tracy I just love this frame. I do a lot of sewing so this is right up my street. Hugs Debbie R xx

Dianne said...

Well it's wonderful you just got to create with all that freedom and we got a chance to see how you create your magic. Its a stunning piece, love the scissors with the stitches, brilliant. The dress form is gorgeous, love the clay elements they look like beautiful old buttons. The frame is sooo beautiful. thanks for sharing your creative magic..

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Very cool Tracy! Love the paint on top of the look. Your homemade buttons ROCK! What a cool piece to have hanging next to your sewing space!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful. Glad you took your journey and time to play as it is reflected in all the beautiful details on your project!

hazel said...

This is an amazing piece Tracy, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Inkypinkycraft said...

a gorgeous make, love the textures and the colour! sorry about lack of comments , playing catch up..trace x hugs x

Sandra said...

This is one fabulous frame! Love the sewing theme! Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous frame Tracy! Love all the texture and the sewing theme! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

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Beautiful framed piece! I really love the embellishing & the pretty shades of blue :)

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Carole said...

Fabulous frame Tracy and I LOVE the colors you used and all the intricate pieces you added.

Anonymous said...

LOVE how this came together!

Klara said...

Wow...this is really marvelous. Such a great work. Thank you for the tutorial.