I have at last come to the final page in my Altered Book whilst doing the course run by Elizabeth. Lesson 16 is all about fabric and I was determined to use some especially as I love sewing. Fortunately there were more trousers to alter, so as I was getting the sewing machine out for those, I had no excuse. My book's theme is seasons and I needed a November page so it just had to be fireworks. The black fabric was from an old work skirt of mine which I loved and the gold and red fabric circles already had fused glue backing as they were off-cuts from when I made a banner for church.
I sewed the circles on with metallic thread and then added spirals coming out from them. I have hand sewn seed beeds around the spirals and star sequins inbetween. I have machine sewn it all onto torn out pages from my altered book but haven't got around to glueing it in yet. That might proove a bit tricky!! Oh and there is a little card I made for American friends who are going, from here in the UK, to work in France.
Well that is me for this week, if you fancy a look at other desks in the mad frensy that's called "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!" pop over to Julia's to be amazed.
PS My son said it looks more like starfish and my husband said it was more like something biological - oh well I tried!!
Very nice! I love the fabric pages. I like to use different mediums when I work...keeps life interesting. A funny on me...when looking over some blogs I came across the term MULTI MEDIA so I called the DD and asked her what does that mean. (she has the art degrees and gives out info freely so I don't have to go on the computer.) Why that's you Momma...people who use everything when they make their art. Guess you are a multimedia artist now too! YAY! Have a great week. Vickie (no number yet)
I have loved watching the progress of your AB, still trying to figure out a way to salvage mine! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)
Hi BJ, as soon as you said fireworks that is exactly what I saw and I think it will look great in your AB, love that card for your friend - so appropriate too. Crafty hugs, Anne x #13
Great page. Sometimes I think I should do some sewing but then I never do! Hope you have a good week too.
Well done you - keeping up with Elizabeth is quite a feat! I'm way behind but my book is very much in my line of vision,if that counts!! Love the November page, all the metallic threads really add to the atmosphere.
I fell by the wayside after about 3 weeks though I have been reading the lessons... lol! Your fabric pages look great. Helen 4
i love the fireworks page - just perfect for november :)
Congratulations on completing Elizabeth's AB course. Afraid I'm stuck part-way through but I will go back to it.
Love the use of fabric and your fireworks look fab.
Your fabric page is brilliant. Not sure if my very elderly Singer would cope with that advanced kind of sewing. I do lie your card, so well thought out and perfectly put together. Have a good week. xx Maggie #36
I imeadiately saw that it was fireworks ...men have no imaginatin ...well most.xx#39
You have done so well to stick to the altered book lessons and you have your lovely work to show.
Your page is lovely with the fireworks .... I must get my machine out .... You have inspired me
What a wonderful page! My sewing machine seldome makes an appearance anymore. Very neglected!
I think your fireworks look great! Getting the sewing machine out and setting it up really puts me off sewing altogether - I always leave alterations to the last minute - like the night before going to a wedding I had my dress all in pieces! - my daughter was a bit concerned that it wouldn't go back together OK, but it turned out fine in the end!
That's a fab card you made for your friends but the firework page steals the show for me. What a fantastic page it is. Very impressive.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs Neet 31 xx
Wow what a wonderful page. Love your card too, it sounds like you are busy. Tracey R ±93
Love your sewing - especially that drawer of threads!! How pretty is that. I've got one or two that I used on a regular basis! It's just so lovely to have someone else doing fabric stuff on WOYWW! Yay!
Hugs, LLJ #1 xx
Oh, your fire works is a wonderful addition to Seasons. I have loose pages also and my last lesson will be putting all of them back into the book. You've done a greaty job on your book.
Hi BJ, Thanks you for your wonderful comments, let me have your address and I will put one of the thanks you in the post to you. Tracey R ±93
that looks fabulous!
I wish I could work with fabric like that!!
Mary Jo #93
Wow, you are a busy bee again, lots going on on your desk honey. I can't wait to see your finished fabric pages, they are looking so good already.
Huge hugs x x x x
Wow fabric book pages, very nice!!!! I love this idea, would love to see more too! Sian @ One and Only Design - WOYWW No 127
Hi BJ, I think you've done incredibly well to have kept up with your altered book - I certainly haven't, I started but then went off on holiday and it's now a lingering WIP. Love your sewn appliqued piece - looks like Catherine Wheels to me - and I think it's a great idea for a November page. Like your card too - the sentiment is such a good one for the occasion. Hope you have a good week and happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #49
To me they look like happy sunshines, so I guess if you ask a hundred different people you will get a hundred different answers. The card is fabulous.
I love your card :)
I love your husbands comment and view of your page - I can see where he's coming from - but in biology and mother nature is beauty that cannot be faked or copied - unique, just like your page. Great card for your friends too.
Happy WOYWW 174
Paula x x x (#131)
Oh, how I do love my British friends! Thanks for visiting me and talking about "fat balls!" I have no idea what the heck a fat ball is, but I assume it's to do with bird food and good for you for dousing the *&^& squirrel. However, knowing him, he probably loves that you give him a bath now and then! Also, I have lots and lots of fat balls around my middle, bottom, and thighs, so if you ever have a shortage over there, just give me a holler!
Your page is great - to me they look like cheerful pinwheels! And your card is wonderful! Have a great week! Darnell #145
Great firework piece BJ! When I enlarged the picture I could see the lovely sparkle with the stitching and fabrics. Very creative!
So glad you joined in with us at ABAC (again!!) and I hope we'll see you for our next challenge?
As usual, I'm late getting here. I am very, very impressed with this page. It is perfect for November, at least I hope November has fireworks. After all, I'm from the US where we celebrate fireworks in July (grin). I love that sparkly metallic thread and your incredible sewing. You must have a super sewing machine. BTW, I was impressed that you were able to use off cuts so easily. Pretty awesome!! Another page I might have to "Steal" (JOKE) for my wrap-up.
Looks like those little screamers that come out of a large firework to me. Well done and what a lot of work sewing all those beads on. Lovely page, makes me wistful for bonfire night, though as Elizabeth says we have 4th July here which is always celebrated in a big way.
the perfect November in fabric page! loving the sparky threads - just like fireworks!
hugs, annie x
great job on your fabric page!
Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!
Hugs, Alica ;)
Very VERY cool! Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)
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