I attended an Anne Brooke workshop over at Creative Threads in March where we learnt how to make a wall hanging by printing, collaging then stitching. It was great fun, here is my nearly finished piece.
I need to add a few beads to the houses and then it’s ready for the wall.
For our challenge i decided to try my hand at a larger version using bright colours.
My bright colours might not be bright to you, but they are to me, i have Fibromyalgia and Hypersensitivity so colours, sounds, aromas and more are all heightened. I do hope you find my project bright enough.
I downloaded a few vintage papers from our sponsor for this months challenge, The Old Design Shop
Used a technique that i have wanted to try for ages by Andy Skinner. Here is the link to a previous post showing how i made the papers i am using for this project.
Used a Brother DS140 sewing machine, cotton and washi tape from stash.
Tear up the papers and adhere them with a glue stick to a piece of blank newsprint paper ( i did not use Tesco paper this is to show you it is easily available). Choose the length of newsprint you want your wall hanging to be and collage as you go along adding the colours and patterns as you wish. Don’t add too much glue it is just to hold the pieces in place until you sew them down. My wall hanging measures 24 inches long by 7.5 inches wide.
I like to save tea bags to craft/sew onto, when dry cut them open and remove the leaves, you can get some wonderful patterns to play with. Round tea bags have been coloured using three of the transparent colours from DecoArt and then dry brushed with my favourite Quinacridone violet.
When complete add a little stamping and stencilling. Your fibres, fabrics, metallic strips and more can be added once your piece has been sewn. You can add some before you sew your hanging just make sure that your project is still thin enough to put through a sewing machine. Add stitching over the top of your paper edges to keep them in place.
I have used a combination of the stitches i have on my machine and a little free hand embroidery. I like to use a combination of cotton and embroidery thread, this adds a lot to the final colour and design.
Dolloped a small amount of DecoArt Modelling paste and added some Suze Weinberg Bedazzles called Macarena and Personal Impressions Gold Sparkle embossing powder. When dry i heated it and the gold looked amazing but i went over the top using the Metallic Lustres as i liked the shine much more.
Used a piece of stencil waste to add the bottom layer of dots to the tea bag and used DecoArt Chalky Paint called Treasure to add a layer of smaller dots over the top using the DecoArt Kaleidoscope stencil then coloured them using the wonderful Metallic Lustres.
Wanted some dimension so added DecoArt Liquid Glass, can you see how wonderfully it domed and left such fantastic dimension! First time i have used this and i would recommend it as it keeps the dimension and is crystal clear.
Cut and embossed a few of the words from a Spellbinders die, used the Quinacridone violet to paint them through the die, removed them and don’t they look fab.
So, here is the final and completed wall hanging, i sprayed and flicked some of the paint from the yellow DecoArt Mister as OH said it needed a little more bright.
I made two smaller wall hangings in the same way, i used them as my tester panels so i could try out techniques before adding them to my larger hanging. Do you use tester pieces before adding to a larger piece? This was my first time and i would do this again, it gave me more confidence as i knew i wasn’t going to make any mistakes on the larger piece.
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