July 19, 2016

Suz: July Birthday

There's a purple theme this week. First, a little tat in progress. I'm playing with a few ideas.........and
making it up as I go along.

My friend is having a birthday this month. We've known each other since our children were small, and over the years we've volunteered together, and worked together. Now, we don't see each other very often, and we usually only send online greetings to one another. But, this year, I thought I'd do something a little different. I've been reminiscing about the good times and laughter we've shared, so I wanted to celebrate my friend on her special day.
She loves angels. And her mother used to dress her in purple when she was much, much younger, so I decided to work with both. (gee, I hope she still likes purple!)
It began with a paper card blank, punched.

I then auditioned laces, doilies, hankies, and some of the purple fabric I snow-dyed, creating layers. Tatted bits were auditioned also.

I then printed onto fabric some angels, plus a few angel quotes. This wee angel was on a postcard I received years ago.

Once I had decided on the lay-out, I stitched the fabrics together, adding embellishments.
You can't see, but there's a double pocket behind the purple hankie.
I wove some variegated, purple, silk ribbon through the openings on the hankie lace edging, then I added two lace flowers.

Purple foil was stitched onto this snow-dyed coarse fabric, then sandwiched with a lovely lace frame. I then added a tatted angel. A large star is surrounded by tiny bead 'stars', then a snow-dyed piece of ribbon was added as a border on three sides. Two different trims border the fourth side of this fabric page.

Here's how they look.

The back page sports another angel quote, a lace angel, lace trim and tatting.
Before all the fabric pages were stitched together around each portion of the card, I laced through the punched openings with 2 pieces of shiny cord.  In purple, of course!

And because I always sign my emails with Hugs from Suz, I just had to add that little metal tag onto the back page.
After tying, the cord ends were decorated with pretty dangles made with a selection of beads, a shell heart, swarovski crystals, and a shell sequin.

All stitched and blinged.
Happily the fabric card stands up on its own.

I then added a card I'd gelli-printed.
Lastly, I placed a wee tag into the hidden pocket. It has string dangles decorated with tiny purple heart buttons.

I mailed off the package, and I hope my friend is soon happily surprised!

Although the fabric book took me several days to complete, I also found a wee bit of time to stitch on the wrapping cloth. The last piece is finished, the edges bound with buttonhole stitch, and another completed piece added.

2 together

I only have 1 side to complete with the buttonhole edging, and then this third piece will be added to the above. Progress!

The crewel piece has been set aside while the hot and humid weather is here: I have to use a strong light and magnifier to see this clearly, and right now it's too hot to stitch under hot lights.

That's all for me this week. I have another fabric card in mind.

I hope your week has been a happy and creative one.
Hugs from Suz


desertskyquilts said...

I love your book. I hope she really likes it, too. You put a lot of work and a lot of love into it!

ladyhawthorne said...

Ohhhhh WOWWwweeeee! That angel card is fabulous! I know she will love it.

Moira said...

What a great idea to make the card for your friend. I'm sure she will love it.

Cyra said...

Freeform tatting - that's my girl, lol. Love it.
You have excelled on the stitched birthday book. Such a wonderful creation that your friend is going to treasure for ever. It looks so, so so... luscious (having trouble finding the right words for it).

Judy S. said...

What a special gift; she's sure to treasure it.

Barbara Curiel said...

What a thoughtful gift for your friend. I'm sure she'll treasure it.