Thursday 27 July 2017

Inspirational Post - Sewing Collage

It is Cec here and today it is my turn to bring you an inspirational post.  I thought I might make a collage this time using the mood board Ruth created for the current challenge as my jumping off point.  You can see the challenge and mood board here.

When I saw the lace in the mood board, I immediately decided that my collage would have a sewing theme.

I started by taking a burlap canvas from Recollections and added some texture using Light Molding Paste (Golden) through a stencil called Tasty Textures (IndigoBlu).

Once the texture was dry I used a dry brush to paint Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish paint (Paper Artsy) on the canvas leaving a border unfinished.  Then I dry brushed some Medium Flesh Acrylic Paint (Accent) on randomly.

Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) to stamp the vintage dress form and the tape measure from a set called Seamless Experience (Tim Holtz) on some scrap card stock.  Both images were fussy cut and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger).

So far this has been easy and now comes the fun part, collecting the rest of the embellishments, which I will just list since I really didn't do anything special to them (the beauty of creating a collage - lots of techniques or little):

From my sewing cupboard:

Swatches of fabric
Pearl headed hat pin
Lingerie elastic
Safety pins
A piece of a sewing pattern
Embroidery floss
Tapestry needle

From my craft cupboard:

Zipper pull (Prima)
Wood thread spool top (The Paper Source)
Brass scissors (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)

From the internet:

Vintage Sewing Machine Ad (Boston Public Library)
Ribbon Spool (Astrid Maclean)

I added all the embellishments using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu), which is a gel medium and the heavier gel mediums make a great adhesive for using with heavy elements like buttons, metal, etc.

I hope my simple creation inspires you to choose a theme, collect some bits and pieces and make a collage.  They are great decor items and can be tailored (no pun intended) for whatever hobby or passion you or the recipient is involved in.


  1. This is beautiful Cec - really love what you have done here - gorgeous make! Hugs rachel x

  2. Fabulous Cec! Love the sewing theme with all the wonderful vintage elements, a great piece of home decor xx

  3. Oh wow, the burlap (hessian for us UK peeps) combined with that gorgoeus coral colour is just wonderful Cec. I really love where youv'e gone with this sewing theme collage, beautiful images and embellishments...Love!! Hugs Ruth xx

  4. Beautiful collage Cec ! I love the burlap panel, something I would really like to have a go with, and the sewing embellishments all work perfectly together. Gorgeous ! Sue C x

  5. Very cool collage Cec! Beautiful elements and technique.