Ted just shakes his head and smiles saying, "You're always up to something. You just can't help yourself." He's right. But I say, if creating is wrong, I don't want to be right!
Lately, fabric collages have caught my eye. After gazing over so many of them, I knew I had to try one myself. Searching over hundreds of antique cabinet card images on the internet, this particular young woman inspired me. I printed her image out on printable cotton fabric and ironed her to a piece of cloth.
Now I needed my story. Was she sad? Depressed? Bored? Irritated? I finally decided she was just plain tired and worn out and I knew the perfect Biblical quote, "Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I shall give you rest."
Antique fabric, black and white French toile, rusty safety pins, vintage millinery, and different shades and textures of black and sepia-toned fabric and trim were all combined inside this distressed white frame. A tiny piece of an earring serves as the girl's brooch. I also hand-stitched just a wee bit of pink string around her for a bit of whimsy. Instead of making clean cuts, I prefer tearing the fabric for the frayed look.
That was so much fun, I had to try another! Again, I printed out an image of a beautiful woman looking in a mirror and ironed her to some fabric. I searched all over for a quote or saying having to do with beauty, a woman, or a mirror. Finally, I came across a poem in which this verse was written, "The true beauty of a woman is reflected in her soul."
I bit the bullet and took apart a vintage lady's hat to get these black velvet flowers and feathers. Inside, I added sparkly rhinestone pieces for the centers. I love how they shine against the black, like stars in a clear night sky.
Old ticking, buttons, and more vintage jewelry completed the piece. Although I originally wanted this to be flat with glass in front of it, I couldn't resist all the embellishments!
Feeling the fabrics, jewelry, and millinery in my hands, all the different shades and textures, all the eye candy, and sorting through piles of fabric and embellishments to find just the right piece was overwhelming, yet exciting. If you need a creative fix, try one of these. You'll use both sides of your brain to get it done!