Monday, 21 April 2014

Vintage Journey: Spring Flowers.

I have incorporated the Vintage Journey challenge this fortnight with another charity shop 'find'. First I will show you the 'Spring Flowers'  which is this weeks challenge.

I have used a distressed and stamped background using some of Tim's stamps and some I had in my stash. Then I inked the background edges with Worn Lipstick  and Frayed Burlap DI. Then I used the courtyard on the edge die from Tim, coloured it with DP and then aged it with some Walnut stain DI. I coloured and stamped some of the inside tiles and used a mirror tile as Tim did in this months tag. The flowers are his tattered florals die and I used Buckram coloured with alcohol ink and then added a little one made form his tattered pinecone die. I also put in some hessian pieces and wooden buttons for texture. I stamped and coloured with DI on the greenery die and then used Word Play for the words. Why Embroidery silks I hear you musing? Well I have just enrolled on a City and Guilds course to learn Stumpwork embroidery and needed somewhere to store all my threads. Hence this bargain picked up in our local Hospice charity shop for the stunning price of £2.99p!
I think it was a sock drawer that nobody wanted and it is beautifully made. Next step was to get
colour co-ordinated!
Then cut some hardboard to go over the top and decorated it with the theme for a Vintage Journey, Spring Flowers......
My new thread box!
Now I have to get my head round trying to stitch a branch of an orange tree with leaves and fruit in stumpwork. I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew, I'll keep you posted!
Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter holiday. Thanks for looking xx


  1. very spring like colours all fresh and floral... (and what a super charity shop find!!! perfect for a crafter).

  2. That's a wonderful piece of art.

  3. This is fantastic Barb!! what you did to up cycle your charity shop find....Enjoy your Stumpwork embroidery Course...will look forward to seeing some of your Stumpwork creations ;) Jan x

  4. A fabulous project Barbara, I love the design and soft effects you have achieved and what a great charity shop find, I can see you putting this to very good use with the new course you have signed up for xx

  5. What a tremendous find Barbara and how perfect for your embroidery threads! I love the way you have decorated it, your tattered florals are beautiful and I love that on the edge die and the way you have altered the centres. Thanks so much for joining our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Wow what a fabulous find Barbara, and perfect for your embroidery threads too. Love how you decorated the top. Love the flowers and dimension. Hope you are well. Tracy x

  7. Wow Barb what a fabulous fine and you have made perfect use of it...I love your project, a really lovely design, gorgeous! Carole Z X

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  9. Hi Barbara..This is an amazing project and what a fabulous find. Best wishes on your new course.
    I love the top of this wonderful box and the layering of the die cuts, stamps and alphabet letters. Thank You for joining in with us on our Vintage Journey this fortnight
    HUgs Annie x

  10. What a great project! and fabulous decoration! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Spring Flowers challenge. Jennie x