Saturday, 23 March 2013

Texture and Stitching

Is it cold where you are? It's freezing here!
This week's challenge at Less Is More is to 'use beads'.
Dreaming of warmer weather probably planted this little seed of an idea which surprisingly fitted the challenge theme.
I used to wear these wooden beads (very hippy chick - LOL)  and having a clear out a few years ago I put them into the craft stash with the usual crafters mantra - 'they may come in useful'!!

Cut myself a piece of hessian type stuff from the material bag and tacked it onto a dark piece of material.

Stitched the wooden beads on and then stitched the wooden charm onto a piece of 'cheetah skin' ribbon threading some small coppery seed beads through as I stitched.

Then sewed it onto the backing 'mat.

The wooden bark heart was from my stash.

The words and zig zag where computer generated and I printed out onto cream hammered cardstock.

I considered embossing round the 'mat' but in the end left it plain as I rather liked the 'tatty' and 'rough' texture mix and didn't want to 'formalize' it.

I have a friend who loves all things to do with Africa so no doubt this will be sent to her very soon!!

Am really disappointed with this pic though - it looks so much better 'in real life' - spent ages trying to get good reproduction of it but in the end the grey skies defeated me!

Thanks for calling in - enjoy what's left of your weekend. xx


  1. This is brilliant Viv! The embellishments are perfect and I totally adore the sentiment and the way you created and added it - perfect! Hugs, Di xx

  2. I like this very much, well "hippy chick" I won't ask where the cheetah material came from, lol. It is freezing grey weather in Somerset, suppose I should be happy we only had the slightest flurry of the white stuff. xx Flora

  3. Love your card Viv and what a great a great way to recycle your old beads just goes to show you should never throw anything away


  4. Love this card Viv its just so different to many
    jacqui x

  5. This is great, love the hessian Viv xx Jan

  6. I love your take on the challenge. I too have beads from the 70/80's resigned to my craft stash and dare I even say it beads that I still wear!! Cold, very cold here but the snow has almost gone now.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  7. Looks fantastic Viv , love the beads and backing.
    Yvonne x

  8. Love this tribal card... and what a versatile crafter you are, Viv.

  9. Two brilliant cards since I woz last here. I love the textures on this first one and the nautical them on the other one. Thank you for telling us about not needing to sign up to anything else, it saves me panicking at the last minute :o)
    Jackie xx

  10. I really like it Viv, so much texture and fab font and squiggly pattern! Hugs Susan x

  11. This is fab Viv, so original and so tactile (and totally calorie free, Lol!) xx

  12. I love this, Viv! Reminds me of my trip to Rwanda last year, where it was 28 degrees - perfect weather for flip flops, lol!

  13. so stunning viv.the tribal design is fabulous :D

    xx coops xx

  14. Love this Viv. Takes me back to my mis spent youth lol.
    Lynne xxx

  15. are just VERY creative! I love how this card turned out!....SO unique!

  16. This looks wonderful, what great use of those beads!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  17. This is superb Viv, I remember wearing beads like this too. I think the rough look is perfect for it, don't think it needed any embossing.
    Its freezing here too, not even went for our walk today :(
    Hugs Mau xx

  18. viv this is great.. so different
    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  19. Hi Viv

    A fabulous card .. .. very inspirational.

    I used to wear beads like that too! Weren't we trendy!! LOL!!!

    A great card and your friend is going to love it.

    Pleased the weekend went well for you.

    Mega cold here. I am expecting a delivery today (if they are working in the snowy conditions) so went to the post box super early so I don't miss them .. .. it was like walking on a bobbly ice rink!!

    Love Jules xx

  20. AWESOME Viv just takes you to think of something

  21. Love this Viv, brilliant use of some old jewelry.
    Caz x

  22. Your earthy, tribal look is a brilliant interpretation of the challenge Viv.

  23. Fantastic card, so unusual but brilliant! xx

  24. Excellent use of beads for the challenge Viv - well done.

  25. Fab card and use of beads too Viv , love it :) Viv xx


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