Thursday 11 September 2014

Vintage Sewing Box { with Hot Picks Stamps by Lisa Winnard}

My name is Lisa Winnard and I live in Wigan in Lancashire and I’m currently a full-time mummy to two daughters and work part-time as a craft demonstrator. I turned my garage in to my craft room/studio in early 2013 which is where I work as I was demoted from the spare bedroom when my second daughter came along!

I love any type of craft and art, particularly what I call ‘messy’ crafting. I adore, painting, inking and heat embossing, and anything that has a surprise element such as gilding flakes, shrink plastic and melt pot art. My particular style of crafting is grungy, antiquey, distress, oldy-worldy style. I love using mixed media, recycled materials and have a passion for altered art.

I decided to make something different and wanted to concentrate on the 3D element. I chose to make a vintage themed sewing box. I wanted the box to have a 'Cinderella' feel about it. The part in the film when the little mice sew a beautiful dress for Cinderella and they are running around in between the cotton reels.... 

For this particular project I chose the gorgeous Hot Picks 1211 stamp plate and South Pacific and Beach Hut Fresco Finish paints to work with.

Hot Picks 1211

I chose the Hot Picks 1211 stamp set because I fell in love with the vintage sewing images. As I have a background in textiles I have always enjoyed working with vintage sewing patterns, searching for vintage materials and fabrics.... so this stamp plate seemed perfect. 
I chose quite a large MDF box to work with. I sanded the box and gave it a couple of coats of white gesso. I painted the inside of the box with South Pacific and the outside and lid with BeachHut PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. 

I stamped the multiple cotton reel tops stamp on to one-ply of cosmetic tissue using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink in a repeat pattern to cover the size of the lid. I adhered it to lid using  Matte Medium. 

I stamped the full cotton reel stamp numerous times to create a line with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I did this twice and adhered it to each short side of the box. I did the same with the tape measure stamp and adhered it to the long sides of the box.

I painted some wooden cotton reels with South Pacific Fresco Finish and inked over them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then wrapped different threads around each reel. I used some white cotton, vintage lace and a length of vintage trim which I inked with Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. 

I then stamped the round cotton reel end a number of times on to white card using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, distressed them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhered them to each end of the wooden cotton reels. 

I made a little folded packet from card and stamped the needles stamp on the front using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, then inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 

I hunted around in my large collect of vintage stash for some embellishments. I found some buttons, an old distressed dressmaking tape measure and some metal findings. I arranged the found pieces on top of the box lid with wooden cotton reels and needle packet. 

To finish, I dyed a length of lace with the distress inks and adhered it at the base of the box.

Thanks for reading, and hope you feel inspired. 

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Thanks so much Lisa, this is visually stunning, so much detail. It truly looks like a vintage find, a hidden treasure of a bygone era. The repeating patterns are perfect for echoing the assemblage of sewing ephemera on the lid. 

We would love you to join in with our monthly challenge. If you are inspired by any of this month's guests who have blogged between Sept 1st 2014 and Sept  30th 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You will go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 19:00 (London time)  Sept 30th 2014


Helen said...

what a fabulously decorated box, Lisa.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Welcome Lisa, totally in love with what you have made! It's so funny because I just got this stamp set yesterday and have been playing with it this afternoon so you have definitely inspired me with your wonderful ideas and colour scheme,

Lucy x

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

Thank you Helen.

Lisa xxx

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

Thank you Lucy. I had a blast!!!
Lisa xxx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous box, love the arrangement of embellishments on the lid.

Art By Wanda said...

A wonderful box, Lisa!!!!

Julie Lee said...

What an unusual and eye-catching box, I love the 3D element to it, Lisa. Welcome and thank you so much for the inspiration! Julie Ann xxx

PaperArtsy said...

Love those stamps and you've done an amazing job with them Lisa. How cool are the cotton reels! Awesome!! Thanks for such a great post!

Sarah B said...

this combines two of my favourite elements - blue & sewing theme - love it !

mamablitger said...

Lisa your vintage sewing box is just fabulous. Oh dear... Such a lot of great details. It really looks vintage !! Great color choice as well !!
Thank you for sharing your creativity. You are very talented !!
Hugs from Spain... Monica

Kirsten said...

That is lovely.

craftimamma said...

Lovely box Lisa and love how you arranged the ephemera on top! Lovely choice of colours too.

Lesley Xx

Kezzy said...

Wow absolutely stunning sewing box, the stamping is truly awesome and so loving the outcome. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx