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Mixed Media Cards

I love these! Could it be because I got to play with my stash of fabric and vintage buttons?

Layers include fabric, printed paper, tissue paper from an old pattern and cheese cloth. Cut small, medium and large flowers and circles (I used Sizzix dies РFlower Layers and Circles #2 Рbut cutting shapes free hand would work just as well.) then stack with the largest on the bottom and smallest on the top. Add a bit of cheese cloth at the bottom and between one of the layers. Sew a button in the center to hold the stack together and soak with spray starch. Pinch and scrunch to shape the flower, then let dry overnight.

Center a 2′ Glubers on the embossed background (Cuttlebug’s Textile folder). Add bits of ribbon, yarn, lace and beads around the edge of the Gluber. Then press the flower into the center.

Easy and fun!

Penny Rug

I’ve always loved the look of little ‘penny rug’ runners and mats and have wanted to make one. Most often the ones I see in gift shops and mail order catalogs, are dark colors giving them an old primitive look. Though I love the ‘prim’ look, I also love color, so going through my felt stash, I found several ‘colonial’ colors that worked well together.

Penny rugs originated in the 1800’s. Women gathered bits of wool and wool felt from old clothing and hats, then using coins as templates, created table mats, floor rugs and bed covers. The blanket stitch was used to apply each small fabric circle to a background made of feed sacks or burlap.

Instead¬†of laboring over the tracing and cutting of ‘pennies’ like my sisters of days gone by, I cut the felt circles using my Cuttlebug machine and the Sizzix Circles #2 die. How easy! Tonight I’ll go through my embroidery floss and pull out complementing colors. Hope to have a finished doily-size penny rug to show you next week.

Do you have any projects in the works?

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