Friday, July 18, 2008

Wall Flowers, An Arty Fabric Project...

I ran into Sandy Snead, a longtime MaryJo's Cloth Store Customer, the other night at her Art Gallery "Lark and Key" in Charlotte. It is a sweet gallery filled to full with all types of beautiful art. We were chatting about these small framed fabric flower pieces she had hanging in a collection. She calls them Wall Flowers which I thought was very clever. She excitedly told me she had picked up the fabric at Mary Jo's and was always inspired with the vast amount of choices we have to offer. She went on to say she loves shopping there and has been buying fabric for Bedding, Drapes and many other projects over the years.
I asked if she could send the project list and a few tips on how to create her magical "Wall Flower Portraits". So here it is.

Wall Flowers

buttons (vintage shown)
background fabric (suede is shown)
wool felt
6 strand embroidery floss
wood picture frame
foam core
fabric glue or matte gel medium
double sided tape
awl or heavy needle

Step by Step:
-Cut a piece of foam core (or cardboard) that will fit inside the frame. Allow room for the fabric to wrap around the edges.
-Cut a piece of suede or fabric of your choice for the background. – it should be slight larger than the base.
-Place strips of double sided tape around the edge of your foam core and wrap the fabric around so it is secure in place with the tape.
-Make a template for your flower petals and leaves then trace onto the felt. Cut out with scissors and use fabric glue or a gel medium to adhere them to the background.
-Glue buttons to the flower centers. If there are button holes you can stitch the button to the base.
-Use three strands of the embroidery floss to add decorative stitches to the flower.

Sandy's Art can be found in her gallery "Lark & Key", the Lark and Key Blog and her personal design site "Adorn".

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