Tea Crafting for the fun of it!
Here's the third page of Tea Crafts. This page has Cindy's
Beautiful Shadow Box.
If you have any projects
with pix and directions please send them along and share.
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Cindy's Sewing Room Project
Completed Shadowbox with lid closed
Just like many of you, Cindy from Tennessee loves to sew. Here is a shadowbox project she
made for her sewing room. Cindy was nice enough to share both photos and
instructions to encourage YOU to make one for yourself. Thank you Cindy for
your generosity in sharing your ideas.
make this artwork for your sewing area you can use bits of fabric scraps that
remind you of favorite projects or use any theme that inspires you. I chose to have my art reflect my love of tea.
In addition to sewing I also enjoy beading
and wanted to include that into my artwork.
If you look closely, I embellished the teapot shaped buttons with curls
of steam made by stringing seed beads onto twisted headpins.
Shadowbox frame with fabric lining
Assorted small fabric scraps
Close up of upper right hand corner
artwork consists of 9 components, each made of a stack of three fabrics, topped
by a teapot button. For your project measure
your frame and do some samples of what size and number of elements look
pleasing to you. I chose textured brown
felt as my bottom layer for each of the components to visually anchor all the
elements together. To add interest, the
next layers featured an assortment of colorful fabrics. Pinked edges added depth.
The final layer of fabric with the tea
wording didnít look like it was tied in well.
I solved that by adding a blanket stitch border to it with a color of
embroidery thread that matched the corresponding teapot button that would top
that stack. I chose to stack the layers
askew, but you might like the symmetrical look of a perfectly centered
placement. I glued each stack of three layers
together and then added the decorative stitching and sewed the button on
through all the layers. Stitching
through layers of glued fabric was tough.
In retrospect, Iíd complete all the hand-stitching first and then glue
down any fabric corners that might roll down over time.
Close up of shadowbox with lid open
Once all your elements are complete the next
thing to do is place them in the frame.
After placing my components I felt like I wanted a bit more color in the
background so I cut some lengths of sheer ribbon and placed them behind the
components. The wall that my shadow box
will be hung on is the same color as the lining of the box so this added just
the right dimension and contrast. The
last step to completing the project was to glue in the ribbons and the
components into place.
fun using fabrics with different textures. Small pieces of an otherwise discarded finely knit sweater would add
nice dimension as the edges would naturally roll. Easily frayed fabrics like burlap might add a
nice texture contrast. If you have a
sewing machine that has decorative stitching options, try incorporating some of
them into your project.
hope you are inspired to make a shadow box of your own.
If it makes you smile and it brings you joy,
then youíre doing it right. Have fun!