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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TR Mack inspired wall hanging on: November 02, 2009 12:23:03 PM
I have been longing for a painting from this Etsy shop for quite some time:
The specific painting I have been drooling over is this one:

And decided I would use it as inspiration to fill a recycled frame that has needed artwork in it for my craft room. I managed to make the whole thing out of my stash, only purchasing some foamcore board to mount it on. I tried to use the garage sale painting that was in the frame before as the base, but it was falling apart.

So here is the wall hanging just by itself:

The fabrics used are recycled felted wool (all the blues), quilting cotton, and the lime green is a recycled linen jacket. The brown trunks and circles are a suede-like material. Some of the medium green is a short nap upholstery velvet.

Here is a close up of the sky:

And a close up of a tree with trunk:

I have been interested in penny rugs and felting wool sweaters lately, so this all just came together really quickly. The painting by TR Mack that this is strongly influenced by has been rolling around in my brain for 6-8 months. I had a Sunday afternoon to myself, and just started cutting circles and trees out. The whole thing was laid out in about 6 hours, and was stitched together in about 2 weeks. I was very motivated, so the fingers were flying! The overall size is about 18 inches by 24 inches.

There is some batting to provide a little shaping under certain layers including the trees and the lower ground layers. This shows up just a little in this picture:

The stuffing was much more apparent before I framed it, but I am still pleased with the overall effect. It is subtle shaping, but prevents parts from caving in that would have detracted otherwise.

Here is a picture of it in the frame I got from a white elephant gift exchange: (painted and fixed up a little!)

This picture is a little washed out, but you can see it with the frame.

Thanks for looking! This was really fun to make.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cheap wall art on: April 09, 2009 06:51:37 PM
Hi I was recently inspired by this:
and am in desperate need of wall art for my home. I love original artwork, but don't have the wallet to match my tastes most days. So this is what we came up with instead:

It is 2 by 4 feet. Each sheet of paper is 12" square. the frame is 1 x 2" wood with the 2" part being the depth. I covered it with foamcore but had also considered cardboard. The white peeking through is not as obvious in person, although I wish I would have painted the seams brown when I painted the frame before hot gluing the paper down.  The paper has great texture. I have been considering doing something else over the top, but haven't decided yet. Will update with another pic if I make any significant changes.

Here is a full view:

thanks for looking! I think the total cost came to $12-13 dollars.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Manly Dad Bag on: August 04, 2007 09:06:15 PM
So here it is!! I'm so excited.. this is the first project I've posted, and the first challenge. I actually found Craftster looking for a pattern for a reusable grocery bag, so it is very appropriate that I start off in this challenge!!
This is going to be a birthday gift for my Dad, so I wanted it to be understated and professional looking.  He definitely values efforts to reduce waste, etc. in the landfill.
The lining fabric is left over from another project, the stencil paint and brush were all things I had, and the outside fabric I bought for $1.00 a yard. 

So here it is in all its glory.. full of groceries. When I make some for myself I think I'll oversize one to hold 2 gallons of milk.

This is my first stencilling project in a long time..

Recycling arrow stencil detail

Full view, empty-- I went back and stencilled the pocket to match after it was sewn on.
I've never used a french seam before, so that was fun to learn! It was a challenge with the thicker fabric I used.

Inside view modeled by my daughter and Betty Crocker

All folded up in the pocket.. this is one of the features that sold me on this pattern. I am hoping to make more bags for myself, and maybe use them for Christmas gifts. 

The pattern tutorial link is: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
by queenofdiy-  It's a great tut, and easy to follow.
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