Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fabric Collage

Fabric Collage
3 1/2" x 6 1/2", 
hand-stitched, beaded, embroidered,
lace, paper, fabric & felt.
Felt backing stitched by hand
with buttonhole stitch around
outside edge.

An exercise in cream, white & tan.
These could be bookmarks, or
hung up on the wall as art.

The paper scraps are from a
vintage French textbook.
The fabrics and lace were
mostly scraps I had on hand.
Buttons and beads add
some sparkle, along with circles of
fabric or felt edged with
buttonhole stitch.

I call this fabric collage because
a traditional seamstress would not usually
have unfinished edges showing.
I did whip some edges with thread,
but some I did not.  The 
 paper gives additional
texture. I coated the paper with
gloss medium & let dry before
sewing onto the base fabric, which
gave the vintage paper more strength.
Had a lot of fun creating these
for gifts and made about a dozen!
Sewing gifts has been the order
of the day this Christmas.
Looking forward to drawing, painting
and art journaling again!

Happy Holidays to all!


  1. Merry Christmas, dear friend. I hope your day is going well and you are spending it with family and loved ones.

    These collages are stunning beyond words. I am so impressed with how you manipulate fabric, lace, and paper. Your fabric collages are perfect examples of excellent collage art, and your use of hand stitching is beyond belief. Winter white suits you, too! I love the monochromatic tone of these.

    I'm glad to see you are loosening up with your fabric collages. I know you are a super incredible seamstress and it's hard for you to allow any unsewn edges or strings hanging. But I love these, and they are SO inspiring to me, I hope you will continue making them.

    I wanted to let you know, I'm now home and I have received your package. I'll be blogging about it and a few others tomorrow. Thank you beyond belief. I'll open it when my craft room warms up a bit (it's 46 F in there right now).

  2. Combining paper and fabric is such fun...your white on white sure is pleasing Dianne!

    Hope your holidays are merry and bright!

  3. Your fabric tags are gorgeous! Just the inspiration I need for a fabric collage swap I'm working on. Thank you for showing your beautiful work.

  4. These vintage tags are precious. I use paper and fabric together also, and I love to see how others are doing this. Nice work.


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