Have a super quirky project
for you today - it is making
me smile all over my face......
Jane Castle is here to share
her take on this week's topic:
"Well what a wonderful title "Fanciful Plantation"
it certainly got the creative juices flowing
when I read it on the DT's list.
Having made various cards of late I decided to
go for something a little different this time!
The main part of the bag is made up from
2 pieces of canvas measuring 20cm x 16cm each
and then the handles and gusset are formed
using 60% wool felt.
After cutting my canvas for the 2 sides of the bag
I cut a piece of copier paper the same size and mapped
out my design before spoiling any fabric
I then proceeded to stamp the images onto the
canvases using Archival inks.
Next came the fun part --- adding colour to the canvas.
For this I used PaperArtsy Infusions,
sprinkling a very small amount on at a time
and spritzing with water.
I gradually added very small amounts to areas
and dabbing with kitchen paper when
I had acheived the right colour blend.
Once I was happy with the result I brushed the
whole canvas with some matt medium.
The 2 sides are slightly different
but I think that adds to it's charm.
I embellished the artwork with various beads
before attaching the felt gusset.
For this I cut a piece of felt 54cm x 6cm,
rounded off the 2 bottom corners of the canvas
and stitched the felt to one side
Before attaching the 2nd side I measured the
centre bottom of both the canvas and the felt
so that everything was completely square.
The opening around the top was lined with
more felt and after this was machine stitched
I added some hand embroidered blanket stitch
using a matching embroidery thread.
The handles were made from 2 pieces of felt
measuring 24cm x 5cm, folded in half
lengthways and machine stitched.
These were attached by hand as I was
not sure whether my machine would have
taken the 4 bulky layers.
The final touches ---- a wooden flower button
sewn on the bag at the point where
the handles join and a shrink plastic bird!
A hole was made in the plastic before
it was shrunk so it could be attached with some thread.
The 2 sets of stamps used in this project are fab,
everytime I get them out they make me smile
and that's got to be good for you!"
PaperArtsy Infusions in Sage and Sunset Beach
PaperArtsy Stamp Sets ZA07 & ZA08
Archival Ink in Jet Black & Cornflower Blue
Thank you Jane - love this bag
Now if you fancy a super quirky bag but
maybe don't have the needlework skills
to make this one; why not get a linen bag
from here and stamp on that?
Or, stamp the design on a piece of
canvas and attach that to a ready made
bag? The possibilities are endless..........!