Monday 3 June 2013

Sue Carrington #2 The Sewing Room ....

"I’ve carried on with the sewing theme today but this time I’ve opted for the wood frame for my project".

I’d got an image in my head of a really old sewing shop tucked away down a little alley and that this was going to be the sign on the outside. So that set the scene for what I was going to do and it also chose the colour scheme too!

First of all I gave the frame a coat of Irish Cream FrescoFinish Paint which, as it’s an opaque, covered the wood perfectly. I chose a light colour as I knew I wanted to use Crackle Glaze and have light coloured cracks on the wood.

After I’d applied the Crackle Glaze and dried it I mixed the colour for the top coat using Mocha Mousse, French Roast, Mud Splat and BrownShed. This is a very haphazard process so I can’t tell you how much of each I used !
I then had a ‘I wonder if’ moment and reached for a stencil and some Treasure Gold!

Using a soft brush I brushed Classic Treasure Gold through the Bingo stencil. I really liked the effect of the Treasure Gold through the stencil and I love how it shines when the light catches it. 

For the background of the frame I used some Smoothy White Stamping Card and first of all coated it with Old Paper Distress Stains. 

I wanted the first layer of stamping to be quite pale so I used Sepia Archival Ink which I stamped onto a scrap piece of card first using the Mini 65 stamp.
I carried on using the second generation stamping technique using the Mini 56 stamp, the text stamp from Hot Picks 1215 and the dots from HotPicks 1204.
I then used the dress form from Hot Picks 1215 and stamped it with Coffee Archival Ink. Love how the background text shows through !

I blended Distress Inks; Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, around the edges.  This is my favourite Distress Ink combination! 

I carried on using Coffee Archival Ink and stamped the buttons and text from Hot Picks 1214. I then zipped around the edge with my sewing machine, which you’ll see in a later photo. 

Don’t you just love this sewing machine ! I thought it was perfect for my vision of the old sewing shop. I stamped it onto some Smoothy White Stamping Card then cut it out and painted it with Elephant and Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish Paint.

I then painted some Grunge Paper with Irish Cream and stamped the images from Hotpicks 1214 and 1215 using Black Archival Ink and cut them out. I pierced holes in the frame image and sewed little buttons on to it with red thread. 

I also stamped the ‘sewing room’ sign onto the painted Grunge Paper, cut it out and sewed a small sewing machine embellishment to it. The metal embellishments have all been brushed with Classic Treasure Gold as have the edges of the frame.

I wound some more red thread around a small cotton reel and added some large buttons to finish.
Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project, see you on Wednesday evening!

Leandra Says: Wow it's wonderful how all the different shades of brown create this great vintage feel, beautifully arranged Sue, and the Treasure Gold Through the Stencil is a really nice touch too!

Gillian Says: Ooo la la, love the TG application through that stencil and love the combination of the "Brown" paints and inks. Fab Sue.

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Michelle Webb said...

Oooh It's really lovely Sue. Love the crackle paint, and the background is gorgeous. Michelle xx

Darcy Marshall said...

gorgeous crackling, love the vintage colour choices.

sam21ski said...

Wow Sue another 'cracking' project, love the treasure gold through the stencil, ingenious idea!!! Shall be trying that one out for sure!!

Sam xxx

Helen said...

What a lovely vision you had to start off with and a wonderful end product! Love the stencilled treasure gold... going to try that for sure!

Rebecca said...

Love all things sewy (made up word!) It would definitely draw me in anyway :)
Happy craftin

Julie S said...

This would make the perfect gift for my sister who is a quilter or my mom who is a seamstress. Beautiful!

Lin said...

This is beautiful all the detail and the colours are fab..the treasure gold looks great!!

Miriam said...

Beautiful. Love what you have created!

Craftyfield said...

Wonderful vintage feel, love the crackling and the treasure gold.

jojo79 said...

Lovely Sue. I like the use of TG through the stencil.


Julie Lee said...

A beautiful vintage look to this. The needlewomen in my family would love one of these. xx

Words and Pictures said...

Wonderful watching all those layers of vintage goodness building up! Gorgeous crackle and the stencilled Treasure Gold is inspired... another great make, Sue.
Alison xx

Trish said...

This is gorgeous! I love the vintage feel and the pale crackles are perfect.

Unknown said...

Its lovely! Great project Sue! :) xxx

Jenny Marples said...

Gosh doesn't this work well Sue. That 'worn' frame really draws the eye in to the elements you have carefully created to put inside it. Hugs, Jenny x

ria gall said...

Hi Sue
this looks so vintage and aged love the colour choice for the frame and the crackle effect. The background looks fantastic a really lovely piece of art

craftimamma said...

What a fab idea Sue and this would grace any self respecting seamstress place of business. Love all the stamping layers in the background and the buttons on the frame image. Lots of inspiration in this lovely piece.

Lesley Xx

Samsmitty said...

Really a piece of framed art !! Very nice! I may have to try one of these!!

Chris said...

A beautiful piece Sue, love the colours And gorgeous details. Chris x

Annie said...

Love everything about this project Sue x the frame is fabulous and I love the stencilling. Wonderful stamps , beautiful make

Annie x

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Kezzy said...

Wow wow amazing gorgeous frame, I love the distressed brown with the treasure gold through the mask stunning. Kezzy :-) xxx

Anonymous said...

This is SO lovely! The colours are gorgeous & what a great idea to use the TG through the stencil.