Friday, 30 May 2014

... and a Button Skull

We've been a bit absent recently. Sorry about that! Today I thought I'd share part of a project I'm working on - a fabric scrap book. I'm mixing up vintage materials with old pictures of skeletons and skulls and having a lovely old play with techniques such as machine embroidery, fabric printing, making embellishments etc. For one of the pages, I decided to have skull made of buttons as the focal point...

 I traced a rough skull design onto some net fabric, cut it out and pinned it into place
 And then played around with buttons to find the spread I liked
(Neither of these worked for me!!)

After lots of attempts trying out different sizes in differnt places, I began to sew the buttons directly over the net
And here's the finished skull. I decided to cut out the teeth part as using buttons for teeth was not working... I also trimmed away most of the excess net but didn't stress too much about the bits left showing...

The page needs more work with embellishments etc. I'm going to use this book to try out lots of new techniques and will share more pages as they're done (if they're any good!)
Have you ever made a fabric sketch/scrap book? I've become obsessed with looking at pictures and videos of all the talented people's work out there. Its soooooo inspiring!

26 comments:

  1. Fantastic skull idea!!
    Would make a great broach / pin idea too : )

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    1. That's a great idea thanks! x

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  2. It's amazing and so unusual too - where do you get your ideas from?

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    1. Thanks Lucy - I'm not sure but I don't always remember to pick up my keys so obviously that part of my brain is otherwise occupied! xx

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  3. This is really a creative design - thanks for sharing it. It would be a fun project to make.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you give it a go! xx

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  4. What a great idea, to use the net - must try that one! Have a good week, Chris # 14 x

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  5. That's really unusual and fascinating idea for a craft project! Never seen a fabric sketch book no!!

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    1. Thank you! I hadn't either - check some out on Youtube! xx

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  6. I've never heard of a fabric scrap book, but what a great idea. Am loving the start of your book, especially as im a skull addict, a fabulous little button skull, i love it

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  7. This is so creative!! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

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  8. I <3 your skull craft! Perfect for pirate, nautical, beach theme crafting! Pinned

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    1. Great ideas Michele! Thanks! xx

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  9. I'd totally wear it...pinned!

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  10. I love this!! I love skulls and had seen this on Pinterest this week.

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  11. This came out awesome. I can image the placement took forever. Hello from Sew Darn Crafty.

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    1. Thanks Melissa - it really did!!! x

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  12. The skull is too cool. BUT! The idea of a fabric sketch book is new to me...and brilliant! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. And thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

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    1. Thanks Ren - check out all the ones out there. They are so impressive!! xx

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