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Saturday, May 5, 2012

The story of a girl and 19 yards of muslin

Quick clarification before I begin... it is MUSLIN: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric as opposed to MUSLIM: an adherent of Islam.  Bo was really confused for awhile as I danced around the house singing the praises of my latest new love.  He was relieved to know that I had not converted to a new religion but just slipped into another crafty obsession.  

Yes, I am the girl and the muslin started out as an in expensive way to make some cute blinds for my new studio .  The more I worked with it, the more inspired I became to create with it.  I love the slight variation of color, the texture and the light weight makes is a dream to use in projects.  So today will begin a series of  muslin sewing and craft projects.

Recently a friend and fellow teacher surprised me with this wonderful hand hooked mat.  I don't know if I have ever owned such a lovely piece of art, and I was overwhelmed by the fact that she took time to make it just for me.

Wool stitches and More : take a minute to visit her blog if you get a chance.

With a gift this special, no ordinary thank you card would do the job.   So I unfolded the bolt of muslin and started stamping.  I found the muslin super easy to stamp on,  I  used timber brown Staz-on ink so that I wouldn't have to worry about bleeding.  It is kind of difficult to tell in the photo, but between the layers of paper and fabric, I placed a little piece of batting to puff the heart up and give some extra dimension to the card. 

The little eyelash looking trim around the heart was actually a "whoops!". I had some adhesive showing through the heart cut out at the top, so i picked up some of the little trimming scraps from cutting the fabric and added them to the edges. It is one of my favorite parts of the card now. 

I tried to keep the inside simple. I ran a tan piece of cardstock though my Big Shot in a texture plate, dry brushed some ink over the it, and used the heart cut out from the front for my sentiment.

Check back soon for more muslin madness!

1 comment:

  1. This is so lovely! All of the different trims add so much texture. If you're looking for another place to share your crafty creations, please stop by Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). There's never enough paper crafts at the party, hope to see you there. Party opens later tonight~