Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Vintage dressmaker with Joanna King

Hello Friends! I'm back with my Creative Spell and the second part of my November Guest Design inspiration :).

There is something really magical about the Artistic Stamper's images. They make me 'push the boundaries' and try something completely out of ordinary. At least for me, that is :). This is why, when I saw this set, I was immediately inspired to dust off my sewing machine and go wild!


For my project I used the Dressmaking No 1 plate, which is full of lovely vintage dressmaking images. Yes, they are sew nice! And what a better project to use these stamps for than a cute pin cushion, where I could safely keep all my needles and decorative pins.

I started my work by selecting two patterned fabrics and a piece of off-white cotton cloth. I'm not that good in planning ahead so you won't get any set measurements from me lol. As long as your white fabric is big enough for your selection of images and at least and inch spare on each side, you can 'patchwork' the rest of the cushion to your heart's content. If you iron all your chosen fabrics first, it will make it much easier to work with them.


Next, using a permanent ink like StazOn, stamp your images onto the printable side of an iron-on transfer paper. They are widely available, even in chain supermarket stores. Colour your images in using Distress or alcohol markers (I use Inktense pencils). When you are finished with colouring, iron the artwork onto your white cloth. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for the correct results of the transfer.

The transferred artwork will be a mirror image of the original so bear that in mind if you want to use any words. I haven't tried it, but perhaps if you stamp your words with a dark ink onto white tissue paper, reverse it and adhere the words to your transfer paper before ironing, then that might be a way to go :).

I love an added sparkle and texture of embossing powders so I added some shabby pink embossing enamel on the bottom of the cushion.


Now you are ready to sew your fabrics together, fill in the cushion with padding and embellish it with a selection of ribbons, lace, charms and buttons.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my calendar page and I hope you will enjoy this project just as much. Have a very crafty week!

Big hugs

18 comments:

Netty said...

wow this is so beautiful Asia, loving it. x

butterfly said...

What a glorious project... the images look stunning, and all the button embellishing is gorgeous!
Alison x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautifull project with your gorgeous new stamps!!!

Greetings
Maria

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

this pillow is so cute and so inspiring !!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful project Joanna, very clever how you have transferred the images to the fabric. The stamps suit your little pillow so well, - love it!

Artyjen said...

Looks super...a clever idea for stamping ;)
xoxo Sioux

Jennie Atkinson said...

Super project Joanna - I love the way the colours have transferred with the images. Very beautiful.

Anesha said...

REally lovely creation!

Ros Crawford said...

Wow! this is so pretty ... I can't believe you stamped all those images ... they look amazing!

Linda R said...

What a gorgeous project. I always love how creative and beautiful your projects are.

Hugs~

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments :)) xxx

clare said...

a gorgeous project. x

Terry said...

Every little detail is amazing! Totally gorgeous project!

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

OMG I have no words good enough to describe how wonderful this cushion is - I could look at it all day. WOW

inkypinkycraft said...

A really beautiful make!trace x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Joanna this is amazing .
A great piece of art.
Love it.
Greetings Janny

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Awww... thank you again everyone for your lovely comments! My heart just swells with joy ;)) xx

cat lacigale said...

excellent !