the fabric of our lives

don’t hate me if you get the cotton commercial stick in your head.  As you can see from the fabulous projects already posted the TA design team’s vision for fabric goes way beyond your basic cotton.  I love fabric, but as a challenged sewer I tend to stay away from buying it.  So, I was excited to have a reason to actually buy some this month and just play.

First up, a singed flower wreath.

Wish I could take total credit for this, but I was inspired by this post on Pinterest.  To make the flowers I misted silk like fabric with Turquoise Blue and Dragonfly mists for the blue flowers and yellow daisy for the others.

Here’s a close up of the flowers, they are super easy to make.  Just cut three circles and stick together with a brad.  Because of the polyester in the fabric a little heat-up with the embossing gun makes them go into more natural looking shapes.

A word of warning, if you’re taking on this project you’ll need twice as many flowers as you think you do.

With the leftover fabric from the wreath project I decided to make a scarf.  This is when you can really let your playful spirit fly.  I grabbed several blue mists (Dragonfly, Turquoise Blue, Jack Frost, Sapphire) and green mists(key lime, honey dew, meadow green, forest green) plus a couple of purples (Pomegranate and Sugar Plum Fairy) and went to town misting.

I love the way the colors blended together.

My last project for this month just might be my favorite. (ssh, don’t tell the others they might get jealous).  I love the look of vintage grain sack pillows.  I do NOT love the ridiculous prices for them or even their modern counterparts.  So I set out to make my own.

I admit I’m a little nervous to post this here, because I don’t really trust google translator.  I hope this translates to ‘The Happy Dog Studio’, if it doesn’t I hope one of our french speaking readers will send a correction and I’ll fix.  I started by creating a stencil with my Gypsy/Cricut tools.  I taped the stencil down to the canvas fabric and painted in with Autumn Nights mist,  I choose to paint instead of spray to keep the bleeding to a minimum. Once that was dry, I misted the whole piece with Vanilla Breeze to give it a slightly aged look. Finally, I trimmed it with blue ticking(?) and used the same stripe for the back of the pillow.  I can’t wait to make more.

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  1. Stunning…shhh…I like the pillow too!

  2. wow, I really love that scarf and wreath and the pillow too! You did a wonderful job!

  3. JJ says:

    The wreath is stunning! FAB projects!

  4. Houston says:

    Wow, these are all fantastic! The wreath is perfect for this time of year!

  5. Nathalie says:

    so so amazing- love those projects- you rocked this theme!

  6. Holly Simoni says:

    Really gorgeous projects! Love that wreath! Wonderful idea.

  7. christyn, these are lovely. i need a wreath like that!

  8. Peg says:

    Beautiful work Christyn!
    I love the colours in your scarf, so lovely :-)

  9. misty says:

    I loooove that wreath! All of your projects were gorgeous!
    You did cause that song to be stuck in my head now though…I’m probably going to be singing it in my sleep! :)

  10. jenn davis says:

    love them!!