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Thursday 2 October 2014

A Stitch in Time

Good morning all.

Off for a bit of pampering this morning before hubby and I disappear to Harrogate tomorrow.

Today I can share the result of my messy play at the weekend. I bought some blank canvases a few months ago and finally took the plunge and opened one up! Thanks to Cheryl for the tutorial which helped get me started. Sorry this is quite a long photo heavy post, best make yourself comfie with a cuppa before you start :)

I knew I wanted to do a sewing related one (not that I like sewing....it's something I don't do!). On a recent visit to the loft at Mum's house I came across a sewing box which belonged my Great Aunt (and probably my Great Granny before her) and decided to give it a new home. The box is currently waiting to be given a makeover but is still full of bits and pieces which have been gathered over the years and it is these pieces I wanted to use, to commemorate the special relationship I shared with my Great Aunt.

After painting the canvas with gesso I started adding buttons, scraps of fabric, lace and ribbon, press studs, hooks, pins, flowers, a zip and bobbins. Once everything was glued in place I added several more layers of gesso. This was then spray painted with Cosmic Shimmers in silver and gold (the only spray paint I own!). I then added some Distress paint and twinkling H2O's to highlight some of the items.

My dress form has been painted with acrylic and distressed with crackle glaze, before various lace was added and a gem which was rescued from a card. The bodkin needle in the corner is a very old find from the sewing box.

The charms (scissors, thimble and sewing machine) were magazine freebies which I was loathe to give away! The large flower was from Costco and is made from raffia. The butterfly is from Melissa Frances. Tape measure ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

A Stitch in Time was computer generated and printed onto tissue before being glued to the canvas. The tape measure was found in a sewing kit which was probably a magazine freebie many moons ago.

I added a chipboard "S" and some peel offs to some reel shaped die cuts to spell out sew happy. I then got glue happy and added lots of flowers, buttons, pearls, gems and a decorative pin to finish things off.

I'm really chuffed with how this has turned out and can't wait to start another one! I now have my eye on some new spray paint which Sheena Douglas's design team have been giving sneak peeks of this week!

Challenges entered:
The Mirror Crack'd - anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - at least one flower
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Crafty Bowz - anything with a hand tied bow (on LHS)
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - special lady
Paper Creator's - add a charm
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with buttons and ribbon
ABC Challenge - u for unique
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - flowers
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - halloween or not


  1. Fabulous canvas Carol. So many interesting things to see. Good Luck with the challenges. Enjoy your time at Harrogate. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. This is gorgeous Carol, how lovely to be able to display your Great Aunt's sewing bits and pieces so beautifully, such a wonderful keepsake.

  3. Gorgeous layered card love all the embellishments. Thanks for joining us at ABC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  4. Well Carol, I think your canvas is just stunning, it's a work of art really, wonderful elements to it and I love the lacey dress, would make a special gift for a sewer, hugs Kate x

  5. I think it is so special to use the things that others have loved and kept to make your own treasure that in turn will be loved and kept.
    Your canvas is delightful. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Julie -Guest Designer.

  6. Carol this is stunning! The different colours and textures are really beautiful. This is a brilliant idea to use the little things that mean something to you. We tend to keep these sort of things in boxes and rarely look at them, but like this you can admire it often. Hope you are looking all glam after your pampering morning and enjoy your outing. Michelle x

  7. So fabulous, lovely details, superb canvas !
    Thank for joining us at the Paper Creator challenge !

  8. WOW Carol this is stunning! For your first canvas all I can say is AWESOME! Fabulous colour and gorgeous embellishments.
    Linda xxx

  9. This is so pretty Carol and what a fab idea. A lovely way to commemorate your Great Aunt. Susan x

  10. Brilliant, lots of nice things to admire, I love it.

    Patricia x

  11. Wow Carol this is gorgeous x

  12. Stunning canvas Carol, good for you , wouldn't think this was a first. Have buttons I don't want to give away you can't get ones like it anymore. Must get creative with them sometime. Lovely keepsake. Carolxx

  13. Fantastic make. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. This is a very cute product. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge for October.

  15. This is gorgeous. I love that you have made something so beautiful and it will remind you of your Great Aunt, whilst putting her sewing box to excellent use.

    Thank you for supporting our first ever challenge. Hope to see you again

    The Mirror Crack'd

  16. This is gorgeous and fantastic detail. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at The Mirror Crack'd and good luck with the challenge, Angela R x

  17. WOW this is an amazing work of art ...love all the sewing themed elements you added...superb
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  18. Such a special creation-beautiful composition. Thank you so much for entering your project in our challenge this month. We do hope to see you again over at Eclectic Ellapu in future challenges.
    Hugz always
    Elaine aka Ellapu x

    Owner Eclectic Ellapu & Altered Eclectics
    DT - Anything But a Card

  19. Fantastic mixed media collage, Carol ! I'm really tickled that you chose to play along at Through the Craft Room Door this week. Hope we see you again next week and good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  20. STUNNING work... WOW...So much fantastic detail... Love the colours & all the amazing elements....Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu... Hugs May x x x

  21. Wow! Fab canvas! Thank you for sharing with us at The Crazy Challenge and good luck!

  22. What a very beautiful canvas you created. What a terrific way to preserve your fond memories of your Aunt. Love the colored sprays you used, really pretty colors. Thank you for joining us at All Craft Challenges.
    Deborah DT

  23. I adore the detail of this, beautiful canvas and a fantastic way to encapsulate your memories. Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  24. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at the ABC Challenge for our 'U is for Unique' challenge xx

  25. Beautiful! I just love the vintage look and all the pretty elements. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  26. Hi Carol, I just popped back to say thank you for joining us at Paper Creator.

  27. Gorgeous Project!

    Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu and I hope we see you again soon!




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