Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Felt Poppy Brooch Tutorial

Hi - after having a wonderful 8 week holiday in sunny Florida we are now back home in a cold and wet Scotland.

Being back means it is time to design new projects for this years classes, I am trying to work on one project at a time and tidy up as I go but.......well I am a crafter lol

I did not start out to make a poppy brooch to wear myself but to teach in a class later this year. Now I have seen the finished item I know I will definitely be wearing it to add a pop of red to a winter coat, bag, sweater or hat. 

To make one you will need:
 4 x red felt hearts (I cut them with a Sizzix Original Heart die)
1 x 1" diameter red felt circle
1 x 1" diameter green felt circle
A tiny piece of polyester filling 
A brooch pin
A chenille needle 
A fine sewing needle
Black cotton thread
Red thread

Cut out two hearts 

Cut the tip off each heart

Sew a running stitch dart along approximately 2/3 of each piece

With the right side facing you sew the hearts together, gathering them as you sew

Sew a running stitch near the edge of the felt circle

Fill with a little of the fillng then pull the needle tightly to gather and close the circle

Fasten off with a few stitches

Sew 5 stitches from the centre outwards over the padded centre (sorry I forgot to take a picture)

then sew some stiches of  varying lengths on each petal

Sew French French knots on each petal (there are lots of online tutorials)

and......if you don't want to do  a padded centre and  French knots add a large glass bead (or button) and some seed beads instead

 Sew the brooch pin on to the felt circle

And, finally sew or glue the back on to the poppy

 These are quick and easy to make and look even better when you scrunch them up a bit!

One of these days I will make more using different fabrics and colours - I am thinking silk, voile or linen

Thanks for your visit please follow my blog for more multi media projects

Happy crafting



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Furniture Upcycle with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and a Decal I am sharing a really quick and easy  way to transform a piece of furniture with DecoArt DecoArt  Americana Chalky Finish Paint and a custom made decal
This piece is a dark wood double bed which folds against a wall. Because it is so large it made the room very dark. I did not take a picture of the complete unit prior to it being painted but this shows both the unpainted wood and the centre portion after one coat of paint

I did not complete this project myself but suggested it to our friends in Fort Lauderdale - they are both musicians and between them they play the piano, harp, violin and pipes.  

I sourced a decal of a harp measuring approximately 48" x 36" from This company has hundreds of designs in lots of colours

It arrived in the post with quite a few wrinkles (I know the feeling lol) but these were removed on application by rubbing with a plastic card (which comes with the decal)

A brush
Masking tape (Optional)
Simply apply 2 coats of paint (possibly more depending upon the surface and paint colours) then apply two coats of varnish allowing it to dry between coats. 

(We decided on satin varnish but DecoArt have a great range of waxes and varnishes for furniture)

It is best to wait for 24 hours beforeapplying the decal following the manufacturers instructions

Sorry the picures are not so good.....I only had my iPad with me.

I think my friends did a great transformation.....don't you?

French Style Dressing Table Stool - DecoArt Americana Decor Stencil - The Flower Market

this stool  started life covered in velvet....but I wanted to give it a makeover to match my headboard. 

In a previous tutorial I showed how I transformed a tablecloth in to a headboard cover and use freezer paper to transfer an image. 
......this worked really well, but the technique can be touch and go and takes some time to do - stencilling is a much quicker and easier method

A piece of French linen 
DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint -  I used Graphite 
Spray-on stencil adhesive 
A foam pouncer (or stencil brush)
Kitchen towel
Paper plate or palette

Wash  the fabric to remove any starch - do not use fabric conditioner

Cut a circle of fabric allowing an extra 2 inches wider than the stool.

Staple the fabric on to the underside of the stool 

 Apply a fine mist of stencil adhesive on to the stencil

Pick  up a little paint on the pouncer and dab some off on the kichen towel ( if too much paint is used it may bleed under the stencil).

Dab  it on through stencil making sure it does not seep underneath and on to the fabric

You could, of course, stencil the fabric before covering the stool, but I find the placement easier this way