Mixed Media Fabric & Yarn Wall Hanging

Supplies:

  • Yarn
  • Cream Colored Cardstock
  • Fabric
  • Plaid’s Mod Podge Fabric
  • Sizzix Bigz Die #656667 – Leaves, Plain
  • Sizzix Bigz Die #656662 – 1 ½” Circles
  • Rotary Cuter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • RickRack
  • Buttons
  • 1/8” Ribbon
  • String/Loop Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz’s Adirondack Color Wash: Denim, Wild Plum, Lettuce, Meadow
  • 1/8” Wooden Dowel
  • Stem-a-Seam 2 Fusible Web: ¼’ and ½” Tape & 9”x12” sheet
  • Foam Brushes
  • Paper Towel
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Directions:

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock 9” x 7” and take a whole piece of 12” x 12” cardstock.
  2. With a foam brush, start applying Mod Podge to the cardstock taking a small section at a time.
  3. Layer the Yarn in strips to the cardstock being careful not to leave gaps between the strands.  Set those aside to dry thoroughly.  Be sure to leave yarn strands hanging off the edge of the 9” x 7” piece.
  4. Next, iron a piece of fabric and cut a piece of  fabric 12” x 8” using a rotary cutter and cutting mat.
  5. On the un-patterned side of the fabric, attach ½” fusible web tape to the long edge. Fold it over and iron to fuse.  Repeat at the opposite side.  This reduces the size of the fabric from 8” to 7” across.
  6. What will become the top of the hanging, attach a piece of ¼” fusible web tape, fold that over and iron to fuse.
  7. Measure ½”down from the top of the fabric and attach another strip of ¼” fusible web tape.  Then fold down from the top so that you will have 1 1/8” border at the top.
  8. Iron to fuse the web to the fabric.  You should now have a loop across the top for hanging.
  9. Next attach a piece of ¼” fusible web tape to the bottom of the fabric.  Fold over an iron to fuse.  Repeat once more so that you have a nice finished edge.
  10. Cut a piece of dowel 10” long.  Wrap with flat ribbon and run that through the loop at the top of the fabric.  The pattern side should be face down.
  11. Cut a 14” long piece of ribbon and tie it to each end of the dowel.
  12. Take a scrap piece of fabric and run it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the circle die.  Set aside for later.
  13. Take the 12” x 12” piece of yarn covered cardstock and cut into quarters.  Run each quarter through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Leaves die.
  14. Spray 6 large leaves with Denim Color Wash and blot with a paper towel.  Set aside to dry.
  15. Spray 6 medium leaves with Wild Plum Color Wash and blot with a paper towel.  Set aside to dry.
  16. 16. Spray 3 small leaves with Lettuce Color Wash and 3 small leaves with Meadow Color Wash.  Blot with paper towel and set aside to dry.
  17. Take the 9” x 7” yarn covered card stock and trim the yarn that is hanging from the sides so that you have ½’ of fringe on the right and left side of the paper.  It will look like a little area rug.
  18. Cut a piece of fusible web so that it measures 9” x 7”.  Attach that to the paper side of the yarn covered piece.
  19. Next, fit that piece…yarn side up…into the hanging fabric piece.  Iron the fabric side to the paper so it fuses.
  20. Once the dyed leaves are dry, arrange the Denim leaves so they make a flower, attach to the background with Mod Podge.
  21. Layer the Wild Plum leaves between the Denim leaves and attach with Mod Podge.
  22. Arrange one light colored leaf and one dark colored leaf at the top right corner of the hanging.  Repeat at the bottom left corner with Mod Podge.
  23. Use Mod Podge to glue the rickrack across the top fabric border and the string/loop ribbon by the leaves to make stems.
  24. Attach the remaining 2 leaves to the rickrack at the top of the hanging with Mod Podge.
  25. Thread yarn through the buttons and tie off.
  26. Glue the buttons…one at the top between the leaves…the other two at the top of each stem….with Mod Podge.
  27. Finally, with Mod Podge, glue the fabric circle to the center of the large flower.

CHA Winter 2011 – Internet Inspiration

One piece of display material that was spotted throughout the show floor was Dress Forms. I myself own several in various sizes and materials. I love all the different designs on them. It is amazing how creative people can be.

CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration
CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration

CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration
CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration

CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration
CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration

CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration
CHA Winter 2011 Internet Inspiration

Stay tuned for more Internet Inpsiration.

All photos are from Julie McGufee

Handpainted Beach sign with molded clay accents.

Handpainted Beach sign with molded clay accents.
Handpainted Beach sign with molded clay accents.
After moving from the midwest to the beach, I decided our house needed some beach themed accents. Signs and buoys are everywhere here. But I could not find the right one. When I cannot find what want I make it.

To create a quick home decor piece you will need a wood plaque, alphabet stencils, Earth Safe Finishes paint, Makin’s Airdry clay, shell molds paint brush and paper towels.
Directions: Paint the sign with a base color. Sand the edges. Repeat if needed. Stencil on the letters. Sand lightly to create a lightly distressed look. Press clay into molds and let air dry. Coat with paint and wipe most of the paint off to create a worn look. Adhere shells and hang.

Copper clad birdhouse

Working with metal does not have to be intimidating. Start with a simple project and basic skills. This was a pre-made birdhouse that was painted and sealed. Then copper sheeting was used to clad the roof. A wood to metal outdoor glue was used to adhere. Before you know it you will be making metal sculptures. No, not really. But if you start small and easy the bigger projects are less frightening.

Copper clad birdhouse
Copper clad birdhouse

Vintage Clutch Updated

vintage purse before it is embellished
vintage purse before it is embellished

Two years ago I was on a Flea market kick. On our trip to Ohio I visited 3 or 4 around the Cincinnati area. It was a fabulous trip because I found great deals around every corner. This little clutch was a whopping .25. Yes, one shiny quarter. Woot woot! I did not know what I was going to do with it but for that price it was going home with me.
Vintage purse adorned w/ribbon rose and Swarovski Crystals
Vintage purse adorned w/ribbon rose and Swarovski Crystals

Flea market Frame gets a new life

Flea Martket Frame Before
Flea Martket Frame Before

The handmade art piece in the frame will be another post. The flowers inside are yo-yo flowers and I would like to do a tutorial on them. They are really fun and easy to make. Now back to the frame. If you look close you can see it is well worn and it is a garish gold color. Sticking with the recycling of objects to decorate with, I turned to my trusty Krylon Spray paint again. If you look in the post here you can see it completed.

from salvage yard to upcycled chic, with a little help from Krylon

Step one in upcycled project candlestick
Step one in upcycled project candlestick

What started out as a unwanted post from a renovation turned into something fantastic. The post was found at a Habitat For Humanity Store. The store is a great place for fining cheap pieces to upcycle. The post was maybe $3, but not more than $5. My thriftiness would not allow me to have paid more than that for the piece.

Bringing out the big tools
Bringing out the big tools

The first step in creating my project for the entry was to cut it into pieces. For that I could have used a handsaw. That would have taken to long. So, I decided to break out the big toys. The saw was a Christmas present from my dad a few years ago. NO make-up or nail polish for me.

The post cut into pieces and ready to be painted.
The post cut into pieces and ready to be painted.

A nice base of Krylon White to set the foundation for the next color. Sometimes when coating a dark object I like to do a layer of white first to get the truest color.
Medalions made from Walnut Hollow Embossing tools and sheet metal
Medalions made from Walnut Hollow Embossing tools and sheet metal

Base coat of Krylon White Spraypaint
Base coat of Krylon White Spraypaint

The last and final step is to add the Krylon Indoor/Outdoor color of your choice. Me, I went with Blue Ocean Breeze. It is a happy yet calming color at the same time.
Final coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Spraypaint
Final coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Spraypaint

If you look at this post. You can see the candlesticks in their new setting.

Interior photo of entry w/ upcycled projects – Kinda Shabby Chic?

Interior photo of entry w/ upcycled projects - Kinda Shabby Chic?
Interior photo of entry w/ upcycled projects - Kinda Shabby Chic?

This photo is the entry into my house. I wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment. The all the accessories pictured are upcycled from their original state by some really easy to do things. Over the next few weeks I will show before and after photos of the projects. I wanted to give you the pretty picture of the end results. The frame came from a yardsale and was gross and dirty. With a little cleaning and two coats of Krylon spray paint it was ready for some art work. Same thing happened with the ugly brass candelabra from a church sale.

Floral Fun Necklace and Earrings

This week I needed to finish up a set of jewelry and get in the mail to a customer PRONTO! This poor gal has been wanting a necklace since she saw the ones I was making for my friend over Christmas….but with all the sick kiddies, and hectic deadlines/classes it’s been just “sitting on the back burner”…you know how it goes! LOL

Anyway, I decided to add a set of complimentary earrings to the set since she had been so patiently waiting for her necklace. I hope she’s happy with them. 🙂

Here’s the set:

2-7-11 Floral Fun Necklace & Earring Set - Keri Lee Sereika

Then here’s how I decided to “present” them to my customer. You know what they say, presentation if half the sell, right? I simply stamped a beautiful image from the  Layers of Color – Acanthus clear stamp set. I then just cut little slits on either side of the panel and poked two holes to hold  the earrings…and WHAM, done. 🙂 Enjoy!

2-7-11 Floral Fun Necklace & Earring Set Presented - Keri Lee Sereika