Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Working with Textiles and Crazy Quilting

Textiles have always been a very big part of my creative life 
ever since I first began quilting and patchwork
some 40 years ago!
So I have gathered quite a collection of
amazing fabrics and embellishments
over the years!

So recently I stepped back from my usual creativity
where I create more with mixed media
delved into my stash to complete some
projects using these and
some crazy quilting techniques!

 I have made many bags and totes over the years
and here are just a few!
Firstly these two Boho shoulder bags



using quite exotic fabrics such as silk velvets,
embroidered silks and brocades
along with gorgeous Indian beaded motives
and lace pieces
plus this next one basically
using cotton and vintage textural fabrics.

 The next one is a clutch which I hand stitched


using some textiles from Rajasthan
and some very old hand embroidered braid!


and the second one here is a larger clutch
created from a number of textiles
and embellished with fringing and vintage buttons!


This last item is a rather unusual but sweet
hand sewing carry-all for your needles and pins
with pockets for measuring tape, scissors, etc.

 This sits beautifully over your lounge arm rest
and is easily accessible
what an enjoyable little treasure to have
at your side whilst sewing!
 These items are now available for sale in 
if this suits your fancy.

Thanks so very much for coming to visit me here.
It is so appreciated by me.
Enjoy your day!

Xxx Suzy


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Three Small Journals

Dear Friends
I am a very fortunate artist being able
to draw on a large amount of
mixed media supplies in the form of textiles,
vintage laces and fabrics as well as
handmade paper and
wonderful vintage images!

So from these I have just completed a set of three small journals
incorporating all of these with

sentiments of music!


 The books have been compiled with several pages
of hand made paper waiting for you
to write your thoughts from the heart, 
lines you wish to remember or
to store your secrets 
between yourself or your God!


 These images convey a sampling of the
pages in the book with vintage women,


stamping and stenciling

 embroidered patches of antique silk fabrics,
printed cottons and tapestry fabrics

layered on top of each other
with pockets sitting opposite for tags.




 Images have been embellished with
pieces of old lace, dyed cheesecloth, eco-paper and buttons.

 Oh and then there are these pieces of
silk organza roses - just perfectly blending
into the pages.


These little books which measure about 7 inches x 5 inches
are now available in my Etsy shop
at the time of posting this there are still 2 available.

Many thanks for looking today and hope you are all
having a very fruitful week!
xox Suzy  

Monday, July 1, 2019

"Reflections" - a little Plaster and Teabag book

As a tribute to one of my favorite artists
I created this little booklet using
plaster covers, water color paper and tea bags!

 I printed the art images onto the teabags
and was quite pleased how they turned out!


Even where I felt it was unsuccessful I still loved
the effect (below)!

 Serviettes, ephemera and washi tape

 along with stitching, some charcoal and lace
is what I used.


 To finish up I created a simple binding with string
and added some beading, a vintage button and a rusty tag!

It's always exciting when you take a leap of faith
and the rewards reveal themselves to you!
Enjoy and thanks for your kind
visits to my blog!

I still feel that blogging is the platform of choice
for showcasing and sharing what we create
so lets try to continue to support 
each other here!

So many thanks to you all!
Love Suzy xxx

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Vintage Inspiration Kits - Simply Neutrals Tuesday No 55

Dear friends
today I want to share a Vintage Inspiration Kit
I have put together for you.
Sometimes we wish to create little books but we don't often have
either just the right materials to combine together,
the right images or papers on hand
not to mention
the inspiration to put it all together
so to make it easy for you
I have come up with this gorgeous little book


filled with 24 pages of all sorts of media
including a doily, lace appliques, fine vintage laces, script
fabric, some of my eco-dyed silk, felt, burnout velvet, some
handmade dyed stamped pages, some water color paper dyed then stamped and stenciled with flowers, sari ribbon and a mother of pearl button.


 Now of the 5 kits I created similar to the book above
(but with different images) I only have two
left and these have different images but you can choose
which ones you like from these two kits
they are available in my Etsy shop

Please note as at 12.4. 19 I still have one kit
available if you wish to contact me
by email

I often get requests for these sorts of Vintage Inspiration Kits
so here's your chance to acquire one.

Today I'm also linking to Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday party


and as Wen is taking a break it will be the last one for you
to check out for a while. So pop over and see what
neutral posts she shares with us today!

So many thanks for always visiting and welcome 
to all my new followers. I hope you receive
some new inspiration here with me!

Love Suzy xxx 

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