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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Swap

I was in a mini fabric collage swap on A Swap For All Seasons, and B was my swap partner. You can check out her blog here.
B sent me this:

Isn't it so cute? I love the words, and since I often have problems with sleeping, I'm hoping this will help resolve that, and be a talisman  for a wonderful night's sleep.
 I like all the layers, the seed beads on the flowers, and the floating sequins that add a bit of sparkle. I love the colour scheme, the movement in the piece, and how it all fits together beautifully. Thanks, B! 

Here's what B received, on Valentine's Day:

Beginning with a base of quilted fabrics in earth tones, I added a layer of lace sunflowers, hand-painted with acrylic paints, which leant a nice metallic sheen. I put in two small, white tatted flowers, then covered all with a layer of bronze organza. Buttons became the sunflower centers, and french knots were added to the tatted flower's centers. A yellow, square 'crystal' adorns the button centre of the largest sunflower for bling effect.

This pic on a different angle shows the sheen of the paint, and the organza.

One of  Nicki Lee's hand-dyed lace dragonflies is hovering over the flowers. His eyes glisten as green faceted crystals shine in the sun.

B had said she liked my tatting, so I created a two-toned brown, tatted flower in the lower left corner, using the fancy picot stitch. Then, on a loosely braided stem, I added a free-floating woven picot leaf. It adds another layer of dimension to the piece.

A tawny-brown, 'suede' yarn is sewn around the outside of the collage, and extends for a hanger.

On the back, I added a paper, hand-painted heart trimmed with gold and sewn to red felt, adding a little message for my swap partner.

I'm so happy that B likes her fabric collage! I had a lot of fun creating this piece. Since this was my first fabric collage, I was pleased with how it turned out.

What have you been creating?

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. The collage you received is lovely. I, too, like the way it flows. She did a beautiful job for you. I think yours is special, too. I love the idea of the acrylic paints and the little heart on the back. I made mine double sided so had to make a tag rather than signing it on the back. I really like the way you did yours, and I think it turned out just precious. Genie

  2. Thank you Genie! I think it was brilliant of you to make a two-sided collage! And your tag is so cute! Hugs

  3. What great fun to do a fabric swap. I really like both of these pieces. Happy swapping...

  4. It was a lot of fun, Createology! Thank you. Hugs

  5. Hi Suz-
    So lovely collages- I love them both- and they would be so nice together----- if one was not at your friends house, now :)
    Suz, there have not been any post yet! just that you don`t think-I`m not writing back, dear.
    Week-end hugs from Dorthe

  6. Thank you, Dorthe! I hope it arrives, soon. It seems to be taking a long time. Happy weekend!

  7. Both the swaps are gorgeous Suz - first time you've made a fabric collage eh? - the girl did very well, I must say!

  8. Well, as you know, Val, I've done some ATC's and a small fabric piece, but nothing with quite so many layers, before. I suppose a fabric ATC could be considered a collage, and, if so, then this wouldn't be my first. Hmm. But I'm pleased with it anyway. Thanks and Hugs

  9. These are lovely, I love using organza, can't believe it's your first!

  10. I suppose that, having done some fabric ATC's, I really have done sort of a collage before, but just not with as many layers. I had fun, though. Hugs

  11. Beautiful job Suz! I haven't done much in the way of a collage yet but you inspire me to do so.

    Hope you are doing well - spring is just around the corner (hopefully!)

  12. Thanks Nicki Lee! I had fun creating this collage, and I think you do collage with your layered laces every time you embellish a CQ block! I do hope you're right about spring, as I'm tired of the ice and snow. Hugs


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