Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lace and Fabric and Tags, Oh My

As is often the case, inspiration began with a blog, was enhanced with a video, and just took off from there.  Elena, the ringleader of most of my collaborative projects sent everyone a link to this video, with the comment, "I HAVE to do this!" 
Prior to that, I was blown away by the lace journals my friend Sox has been making.
The result is kind of a cross between the two, and I'm really excited about it.
Over the weekend that NY was hit by hurricane Irene, I worked on making a book to distract me from the howling wind and torrential rain.  It was supposed to be an exposed spine book, but I totally messed up the sewing, so wound up covering the spine with fabric, which led to more fabric and lace. 


Above, the front of the book, embellished with some Prima loveliness and beaded trim.


The back....so far.  I'm not sure that I'm finished adding fabric, lace and trim.


The pages inside are paper, and some signatures were wrapped with patterned paper, and some with wide pieces of lace.  I think this does two things.....for sure it adds a bit of interest, but also, it makes the pages stand a little more apart from each other, allowing extra room for embellishing each page.




And some pages, like the one above on the left were cut from scrapbook paper instead of plain white paper.

If you checked out the video, you'll see that the tag project was done with a totally fabric journal.  I didn't have a huge selection of upholstery weight fabric in the right size, but I did put one together.  I sewed all the pieces together as one signature, and I did that sewing by hand, not wanting to risk messing up my very basic (and inexpensive) machine.  It's OK, and I may use it, but I'm thinking right now that I'll be a rebel and use the book I showed you above instead.  I have plenty of time to decide, as I have to wait for the other 15 people in this project to make and send me their tags.  Anyway, here are some snaps of the fabric journal.....totally unembellished, but when you view the video (if you haven't already) you'll see how cool it can turn out.





We decided that our tags could be any theme, but that we'd all include some Tim Holtz stamps, die cuts, embossing folders, etc.  Thanks to a lot of horrible rainy days I was actually able to finish all of them, waaaay ahead of schedule.  We're sending them on with coordinating lace trim and buttons to assist in the decorating of the books.  All my tags are of the same design, with some variations in color and trim.  The first picture shows a part of four versions:


The beaded trim is attached to the bottom of Tim's dress form from his "Sewing Room" die.  The forms were cut from several different colors of the Core'dinations paper that matches the distress line.  The torsos were covered with french text.


I stamped Bon Voyage (a Stampsmith stamp) on vanilla seam binding ribbon (Stampin' Up) with black archival ink, which is permanent, so I could then dye the ribbon by swiping it with Old Paper distress stain.  A quick blast with my heat tool and they were dry, and wrapped around the dress form.



I cut up some zippers to use as the tag toppers and kept them in place with some twine.  Why the staples on the top?  Well, the zippers I used are craft zippers and they came with adhesive on the back.  I folded them over, but the adhesive wouldn't hold and they kept separating.  I tried other glues with no success, and removing the adhesive was a nightmare, hence the staples.

The little butterfly resting on the dress form's shoulder is from a Stampin' Up sizzlet die, cut with Core'dinations paper left over from cutting the dress form.  With a little added bling.

And, here is a full shot of one of the tags.  The background is a piece of a brown paper bag, stamped with sewing themed stamps from both Tim and Stampin' Up, then embossed with Tim's Sewing Room folder.  Behind the dress form is the Eiffel Tower, cut with Tim's glasseine paper with an old Sizzix die.  I know I seem to have two themes going here.....Paris and sewing, but they feel like they belong together.


Oh, and how could I forget to mention that I attached the brown paper to my tag base by running a zig zag stitch around the perimeter....on my machine on all 15 tags.  Yes, I am  proud of myself for that.









21 comments:

Elena said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!

Dorothy said...

Fabulous!!!

Helen said...

Love all your work - you HAVE had a lot of rain!!! Off to watch the video now...

Tammy D said...

Awesome!

Sherry Goodloe said...

VERY cool tag Eileen! Very cool indeed :)

Penny Duncan Creations said...

O M G!!!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! Eileen...I LOVE this!!!!! I just.....JUST last night purchased a new sewing machine....I am SO wanting to get back into fabric and haven't had a good sewing machine in over 25 years.......This project you created SO makes me WANT TO PLAY WITH FABRIC!!!! This is SO SO SO GORGEOUS!!!!!

Patzee said...

I couldn't resist taking a peek at your tags. Beautiful! And your fabric books are amazing! Once again you've inspired me to try something different.

Jingle said...

Perfectly fabulous!!!

LaStamper said...

Congrats on using your sewing machine so successfully. Your fabric tags and the books are wonderful. Can't wait to see them all embellished. Great Job!

Vic said...

Love it all!!

Lori said...

Really, really fabulous! Love all the sewing on this, much as you love sewing and all...lol...although you are becoming really proficient at it. The tags are just wonderful, love the colors!

craftyM said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your tags and your books, my friend! You never fail to inspire and amaze! Beautiful work, Eileen!
Marita

teri said...

well look at you becoming quite the seamstress.

and you really sewed each of those tags??? ach. the pressure is on!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, I love the different bases for the dress forms. A little coredinations goes a long way! The trim on each is fantastic.

lee said...

WONDERFUL your lace book looks so old and your tags are to die for!
Lee

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are wonderful. I love the old lace.

Marilyn Rock said...

Stunning; love this!

Kerry said...

Eileen, absolutely beautiful. One of the things I wanted to make sure i included in my new craft room was my sewing machine. I never had room for it anywhere! I would love to try some of those projects!

Lisa :) said...

Those tags are insanely gorgeous!!! Love it!

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

you've been a busy bee. It's great to read how you turn something bad ( terrible weather) into something good ( extra creative time) !

I like how you assembled the covers of your fabric book.

And your Paris/ sewing book... these are two themes that coordinate perfect ! Fashion ? Paris ?;..

When I went a few years ago to Paris with a friend, we visited a fabricstore St-Pauls close to the church Sacré Coeur and walked though the store for 5 hours, mesmerized by all the fabrics they had and we went home with a whole bag of fabrics.

I upholstered an old couch with these fabrics and so you remind me I could use these remnants to make MY fabric book ! Thanks for the inspiration :)

congratulations on your sewing on your tag :) The more you do it , the better you'll become ! You used some special trim on the dressform too !

I will be looking forward for your tag. Mine are ready also ( but a complete other theme...) but I have to gather lace and trims and buttons,... so this will take some more time.

have a nice sunday !
greetings from belgium
Inge

PS : I know this is a special day for NY... The facts have been awfull and pulled the world under in a world of fear and hate and distrust...

Hopefully today will remember us that things like this should never happen again, but that not all people who are different then us, are bad people and that we continue to try living together no matter what religion or non-religion...

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Eileen....I hope you don't mind but I posted a pic of your Fabric journal with a link back to your blog from mine!!! You've just NO IDEA how much this piece touched me!!! Love you lady!!!