Monday, May 26, 2014

The Craftiness of Other People

Every once in a while I like to showcase the work of other crafters.  This blog isn't all about me.  Well, not all of the time.  I like to include the creations of others because it opens up worlds that not everyone knows about.  You can get all kinds of ideas just by seeing what other people are up to.

At our last Stitch Day, Trish brought one of her projects - adorable Christmas ornaments that she was in the process of finishing.
We're always looking for new ways to finish Christmas ornaments, so it was fun to see what Trish is doing with her country-style stitching.  Fringed fabric, a little batting, running stitches around the borders all add up to make some cute primitive looking ornaments.  Trish says she still has to add buttons to some, and all will get a fabric backing and a twisted wire hanger.  Very sweet.
These are a cute alternative to mounting the stitched piece on foam core board, which I am fond of doing.

Sheila has been busy.  This spring she worked on a very unique project -- a barn quilt.  It didn't use very many supplies, but it did require a lot of planning.  First she made a drawing of the quilt pattern, and then drew the pattern on a wood board cut to size.  Then she used outdoor acrylic paints and a lot of painters tape to paint the colors onto the "quilt".
As you can see, painters tape was necessary for these sharp, clear edges of the painted areas.  You probably also need a steady hand!  And this is what it looks like on their cute little barn.  How happy is that?
Another project that Sheila worked on a little earlier in the year were Valentine's Day gifts for the teachers of her two daughters.  I'd never heard of a word cloud, but what a wonderful, imaginative gift!
Sheila used her computer skills for these.  Each has a different background, with the same thoughtful words in the foreground.  They are perfectly framed in colorful metallic frames.  I was a preschool teacher a while back, and I would have been touched to get a present like this!

Well, I hope you liked my showcase of other people's craftiness.  Maybe you'll be inspired to try something new!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the finishes - always good to have new ideas. That barn quilt is too cute for words and I love your word clouds.

  2. I enjoy looking at the finishes of others! I love your friend's barn quilt.

    Robin in Virginia