Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paisley Project

Sheree McKee

I love color and fabric pattern!  There is one textile design 
that always draws my attention, it's the Paisley.

Collage of magazine photos and embellishments
Machine embroidery on batik fabric
The Paisley motif and all-over Paisley Pattern is one of my favorite designs.  It has always fascinated and inspired me.  I am attracted to all the curves and femininity of this graceful design. I absolutely love the swirling and splashing movement!

A Paisley pattern can take on several looks:
  1. Traditional is usually very intricate, using many colors.
  2. Modern can be simplistic, using minimal colors or vibrant hues.
A few years ago, I suggested a postcard swap called BeJeweled Paisleys in our PostcardMailArt group.  This swap encouraged members to bejewel a handmade Paisley motif on their postcards.  Here are a few that I created on top of batik fabric.

Wood beads, glass beads, and a gold mylar insert
Buttons were added to this version and
all have blanket stitched edges

I tacked down the rattail cording with seed 
beads and stitched bugles beads into sunbursts

I'll be updating this topic soon because I'm currently working on a handmade book trade organized by Pam Crawford of Maine.  This is my first time participating in a book trade and we were given three months to create.

My subject is called the Paisley Project and will contain approximately 20 pages. The booklet will be mailed out in October 2015, then I will share some of my work here.

The guidelines are not totally textile based, but my version will contain a fabric element to it, along with paper collage.

postcards from magazine layers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cute Camper Sewn Postcards

September 2015
Sheree McKee

Camping is all the rage again!  Families are returning to the joys of nature and road trips with their camper.  

What could be cuter than sending your outdoor-loving friends a cute-as-can-be Camping postcard? 

You could layer appliqué pieces and create a unique camper from scratch, like several seen here.  Or choose an adorable camping themed all-over fabric to create a special postcard, as linked below.

I'm sharing a few recently traded postcards that make me smile!  My swapping friends sure are creative!

Nancie Voegele  cut out circles for her windows and added a front canopy

Toni Webster thread stitched her sun and flower stems and used buttons for the brown coconuts

Christine Stevens hung a real flag banner across her camper.  It blows in the wind!  She also also created many french knot flowers and put the tiniest heart button as a door knob

Beverly Greeson used an all-over printed fabric then pieced in the corners

Sheree McKee - My versions are a little abstract, with dimensional bonfires made from
sparkle illusion netting and other embellishments

For more charming camper fabrics see the links below