Case Study #61 - October 13, 2011 - You Are My Sunshine!
Welcome to another week of Case Study with inspiration provided by muse Niki Estes! This week Niki came up with this fabulous red flower creation with cloth backing. As I have never put fabric to paper before I totally CASEd Niki's card. I thought her card was perfect - so why reinvent the wheel right? I decided that like a recipe - I needed to know what it's supposed to taste like before I go fiddling around with the ingredients.
I can't resist trying something new so I went looking for a big flower stamp. I found this bright sunflower. Gotta love a tall sunflower out in the middle of your garden in the summer time...... Then I got out some denim fabric (come on.... sunflowers and denim.... YES!) and a piercing tool to get my holes nice and even, but when I sewed it by hand it looked terribly crooked. Off to plan two - I grabbed some old fiddlers cloth from my cross stitching days and went to work on that. I didn't do any piercing - I just followed the holes in the fabric. Instead of a straight line I did a pattern of straight stitch and half diamonds. I like the rustic look of the fiddlers cloth with the sunflower. I didn't have a stamp with the Sunshine sentiment I wanted so I just typed it in Word with Courier New 20 pt. and there you have it. I can't tell if Niki double cut the flower or not, but I did to give it a little more texture. I also roughed up the edges of the gold paper to keep it really casual looking.
I do have a sewing machine - actually it belongs to my husband - but I have no clue how to use it.
I'm glad I tried this and I kept it simple for my first go round. I think if I try this one again I will go for a shimmery satin fabric and make a ribbon flower. Maybe I will even learn how to use that old sewing machine to keep everything nice and even!! Who knows.... could happen!!