Saturday 2 July 2016

2016 #13 Patchwork Frame {by Emma Godfrey}

2016 Topic 13: Paper Piecing

Hi everyone Emma Godfrey here.

Tonight I'd like to share with you this evening with a post about paper piecing.

For me, paper piecing brings to mind patchwork quilt effects but using paper instead of fabric. I've decided to use a simple triangle shape for my patchwork pieces, and to make the project a piece of wall art using an IKEA Ribba frame.

Step One: Measure the aperture of your frame. This one is 12cm x 17cm, so I cut five strips of Smoothy card, each 4cm x 21cm.

Step Two: I made my backgrounds using Infusions - A Bit Jaded, Lemoncello, Are You Cerise and Emerald Isle. I sprinkled a mixture of colours onto two of the strips, sprayed them with water and then blotted them with a paper towel (this creates a softer effect). For the other three strips I dragged a single colour of Infusions and Pearl Glaze over each of them (this creates a gorgeous wood effect).

Step Three: On the blue/green sprayed strip, I stenciled circles using The Crafters Workshop Mini Circle Grid stencil and Fresco Finish Snowflake paint. 

I then stamped and heat embossed that strip and three others using gold, white and neon pink embossing powder. 

I used EM23 (the flowers), 

EM21 (the triangles), 

EM19 (the leaves) and 

EEG07 (the small pinwheel circle - on top of the stencil circles). 

To co-ordinate the pieces I used gold and white Extra Fine Sharpie Pens to colour in some of the detail.

Step Four: On the back of each strip I marked at 4cm intervals along both long edges (starting one of them 2cm in from the short side). I drew lines to join the marks up into triangles, and cut them out. It was at this stage that I decided the neon pink embossing powder was just too bright, and I resprayed a new strip and left it undecorated. Once all the triangles were cut, I edged them all with Treasure Gold Brass.

Step Five: Cut a piece of card 4cm larger than your aperture. Draw on grid lines (ie. there should be a 2cm border all around) and then arrange your triangles. When you're happy with the layout, move them to one side and apply red double sided tape over the entire area. Stick your triangles in place, and then fix your piece of card to the aperture.

Step Six: To finish, stamp and heat emboss (with gold embossing powder) your quote onto a spare piece of Smoothy (I used a quote from EEG18). 

Cut the quote out and glue it in place. You can always use your quote to hide any small gaps between the triangles! Put your aperture into the frame.

Here's a close-up of the finished project…

I really enjoyed making this frame, and I love using the Infusions - they give such pretty and varied backgrounds. I think this idea could work really well with hexagons (for a more authentic looking patchwork effect), and also you could stick each of shapes down individually and leave a small white border between each one for a different look. I hope you like it too ... if you're inspired, I'd love to see what you make on Facebook.



Wow Emma, what an amazing concept. I love how all the bits come together to make something completely different! This is fabulous! And so cool to see how minis come into the mix too! Thanks for sharing! ~Leandra

We would love to see how you interpret this topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #13: Paper Piecing, on this page HERE.

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Helen said...

I love this Emma! Each strip was fabulous; I love how they look together all cut up.

Craftyfield said...

The prepared strips look great, I can see backgrounds for cards coming up!

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely idea. I really like how the strips look cut into this beautiful patchwork.xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a really fabulous piece of home decor!

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Lovely piece of wall art with such a clean, fresh style. Each strip is pretty but doubly effective when pieced together.

Lesley Xx

Mac Mable said...

Lots of hard work and so worth it...fabulous x

Miriam said...

Fabulous project Emma.... love this!!

JoFY said...

gorgeous project! xx!

Lauren Hatwell said...

That's lovely. The colour combination is an absolute winner and the embossing is such a lovely touch too. Top hole! Lx

Art By Wanda said...

This is Beautiful, Emma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

craftytrog said...

Wow! This is stunning Emma! xxx

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous. The different patterns & colours look great.

Ruth said...

Love everything about this Emma!! xx

Etsuko said...

What a lovely project Emma! Fabulous patchwork and the beautiful colours combo. xx

SewPaperPaint said...

So fun and cool, great result!