Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Fabric Collage on Canvas

I have felt completely 'carded out' since just before Christmas hence the 'altered bottle' and once that was finished I began to think about other things to do. 

I have saved some other different shaped bottles to play with, I have a fabric book which has been half finished for almost a year - (2013 resolution - FINISH IT!!! LOL), but I didn't feel like completing something half started and whilst having a rummage through my stash, found this scrummy vintage image -
which cried out to be adorned with lace and shabby fabric!

I stared with the image as the focal point, stitched it onto some fabric then edged it with some vintage cotton lace before stitching it onto a piece of frayed hessian type stuff which probably was given to me at some time by Maureen when she was trying to get me to sew.....!
The canvas is quite large - (12" x 10")  and after covering it completely with some cream cotton fabric and lace edging the top and two sides , I found a large broad piece of cotton which sat nicely on the bottom, then embellished this with more lace and some ric rac braid.
The crochet doily measures almost 3" across and seemed to just 'fit' as the backing for the layered fabric 'flower' and after putting a bit more lace on the piece I finished it with a vintage button,some fabric flowers died with Distress Inks and a gold and pearl tiny heart. 
Finally I stamped onto a scrap of muslin and stuck it onto the right hand side. -the words are a collage of 'Somewhere in Time, Mystery, Wonder, Serenity' and the like...

I am really pleased with how this tuned out and am already part way through another smaller similar project - (it saves me tidying the bits of lace and stuff away!)

Challenges -
City Crafter - Vintage Girl
Stamptacular Sunday - Doilies Galore 
Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
IDIC - Use a Doily
2 Sisters - Anything But a Card
Ladybug Crafts - Anything But a Card
Live and Love Crafts - Something Old (most of my lace and the doily)
Sparkles Monthly - Anything Goes

Thanks to everyone who visited me in 2012 and I hope you will stay with me through 2013. Have a great day whatever you're doing. x  


  1. This is beautiful Viv love the different approach to using crafty bits

    jacqui x

  2. WOW I just love this kind of are good and this is just gorgeous....luv aNNie...

  3. Oh Viv, this is beautiful! I can see why you wanted to work with the image, it's just gorgeous. You did a wonderful job adding all the little bits of lace and trim and I really like the hessian backing. It would look wonderful hanging on the wall above your crafting table. Well done!

  4. wowzer, I love this shabby chic style, it really looks fantastic, wonderful image!
    Hug, Alessandra

  5. Wow Viv this is so sutble and pretty xx Jan

  6. What a beautiful tactile piece of art this is ... Many thanks for playing along at CCCB!

  7. Hi viv
    Hugs sylvie xxx

  8. What a lovely piece of artwork you had created all the lace and your fabulous image


  9. What a beautiful fabric book you've created!! Love all the pretty trim!Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful creation at CCCB and Happy New year!

  10. Wow, this looks so gorgeous and romantic. It is a wonderful focal image. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time.

  11. This is beautiful Viv, I like all the lace
    Kevin xx

  12. Happy New Year, Viv, with all the very best wishes! This is a stunning canvas, so gorgeous in all its details.

  13. This is spectacular. So much to look at and admire. Happy crafting for 2013. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Wow Viv, this is absolutely gorgeous! You do produce some gorgeous work. Hugs, Di xx

  15. This is a very pretty vintage canvas. Very feminine.

    Thank you for entering into my draw. Good luck xxx

  16. wow so beautiful viv.gorgeous vintage image and details and i love the delicate colours ;D

    xx coops xx

  17. This is fabulous Viv, love all the vintage elements, very brave of you to tackle such a big canvas with 'sewing things'

  18. Lovely project Viv, I can never seem to fins nice bits of lace (but to be fair I don't go looking very often!! Have you checked out the hourglass altered bottles at Artfully Musing? Might be a project for you!! Cindyx

  19. This is just beautiful--such a wonderful vintage piece! Love the design, the soft colors, the lace, the embellishments, and the image! Thank you for sharing this gem with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Hope to see you again next week! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  20. love all the wonderful fabric and lace great card thank you for joining us at stamptacular this week

  21. Ahhh vintage. I love it. The embellishments are petfect for the image and card. Thanks for sharing ypur beautiful art with us.
    Christine Dt at Robyn's Fetish

  22. Very elegant piece! Love all your vintage lace, flower and fan! Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday and good luck!

  23. LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  24. A wonderful and very romantic piece of art. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

  25. Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our * Anything goes * challenge

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  26. What a lovely creation!! The colours are beutiful and i love the wonderful imgae, the design is so creative!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Stamptacular sunday challenges, hope to see you again next week!

    Hugs Jessica

  27. WOW! This is breathtakingly beautiful! All those laces are just gorgeous and I love the design! Just fabulous!

    Thank you for sharing this and also thank you for joining LLC`s Something Old - January challenge :)

    Hugs, Karita

  28. A beautiful creation

    Thankyou for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our Anything Goes Challenge

    Good luck in the draw

    Ang x

  29. What a gorgeous creation this is. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

  30. I love this project Viv. It's gorgeous. Michelle x

  31. Yep! I know how you feel, I get so bogged down with cards sometimes and have lots of things i want to try.
    Love this creation Viv, its so pretty and always a lover of lace.
    Hugs Mau xx

  32. This piece is fabulous. Love all the old lace, and the sepia Victorian (or is it Edwardian?) Whatever, the way you combined these lovely laces is just wonderful...All the elements are just perfect for this beauty. TFS

  33. Oh this is so beautiful. I am loving all that gorgeous lace. Thanks for joining us at LLC.
    Hugs Tracy x

  34. Great post. I came across your post. Thanks so much for sharing such informatiev details on it, I will have to pass this along


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