Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Stitch in Time !

Hello and welcome to today's post which is my project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. I am the host for this challenge and the theme I've chosen is Stitch in Time - with a twist. I love to incorporate sewing into projects. Be it real or faux, it always adds an extra dimension to your artwork. So, for this challenge I want to see stitching somewhere on your vintage or shabby chic projects, real or faux will do! BUT, I would also like to see a timepiece too!

The school of thought when choosing a theme for a challenge is that you already have something in mind....... not me ! I pick a theme then have to sit down and think what on earth I'm going to do ! I knew I wanted to do something that would have a practical use and with a holiday fast approaching a journal sprang to mind. I have written a journal for our holidays as far back as I can remember and they are great to read after the event, sometimes many years after the event !

The notebook started life as a plain white cover which I then covered with Claudine Hellmuth's Natural Sticky Back Canvas. I've not got the step x step shots to show you here as I'll be back at Frilly and Funkie in a couple of weeks time and will walk you through everything then. Once the canvas was trimmed to the shape of the book I then started to stencil using acrylic paint. The large numbers have been done using the 'bumping' technique so they appear to have a shadow which makes them stand out more. I carried on stencilling using lots of Wendy Vecchi stencils and, surprisingly, shades of pink !

The clock is die cut using the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die from card covered with more sticky back canvas. I then used my sewing machine to zig zag around the edges. I cut two smaller pieces and layered them underneath. The canvas has been painted using my finger and more acrylic paint. The wonderful sentiment is one of Wendy Vecchi's and I've cut it up into the individual words before sticking in place.

When the clock was glued into place I then positioned the flowers and embellishments and painted them in situ, taking care not to paint the rest of the cover !

Here's the reverse of the journal and you can see lots more stencilling detail.

I have to say, even thought it's pink!, I love how this turned out. The texture from the canvas is wonderful and it will have pride of place in my packing !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the DT.


  1. This is a fantastic way to transform a basic journal Sue! Love that layered stencilling on the canvas and the clever way you've layered the clock. And I'm glad it's not just me that picks a theme without a project in mind!!! Jenny x

  2. Absolutely Stunning! Sue I love everything about your journal. I'm sure the memories you record in it will be as special as the cover you have created x

  3. Gorgeous! I love the big clock with the flowers along the edge. The stenciling is fabulous and the numbers jump right out when you use your bumping technique. I applaud you for having the patience to document things. I wish I did because years from now when I have dementia and can't remember anything, it would be nice to have my life written down so someone can read it back to me and remind me what I did :)

  4. Sue,
    I am counting the days until your step by step comes out! Your journal is GORGEOUS, and I can't wait to try my hand at the techniques you've used to create this beauty. You, Shelly, and Jenny are turning me over to the Funkie side. I'm telling Linda it's y'all's fault for being so amazing!

  5. oh my - Sue - this is absolutely brilliant - love it to bits xx

  6. Sue your journal is just AMAZING .. !!! I love the way you embellished it. The TH clock always is a "HIT". And your flowers are so pretty. And you placed them a great way. Your stencilling is lovely. I felt very inspired by hearing you used the sticky canvas to cover the book. Now I look forward to see your tutorial on this. If you bend in the sides etc..
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  7. Blinkin' brilliant Sue. Some of the best stencilling I have seen. Wonderful colour and tones too. X

  8. Oh so lovely - the canvas gives it such a soft rustic look, and I would say it's rose, not pink - a beautiful vintage rose palette. As Nikki says you've outdone yourself with the stencilling - simply amazing, and the whole thing is stunning!
    Alison xx

  9. so pretty! it's a very cool color combo. I like it!

  10. Beautiful Sue, love the stitching detail on your clock and the bumped stenciling. What a great idea to write a holiday journal, must be so much fun to reread! Deb xo

  11. Beautiful jounal cover, I love it!

  12. I haven't been getting your feed, darn it. This is gorgeous Sue! LOVE the clock, love the shabby vintage feel, and really love all the stenciling!