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Nature Sew Enjoyable

I sew 😆 enjoyed this project, a bit time consuming but very enjoyable.

Stamped the honey bee image onto a piece of white Aida fabric (think it was a 27 count) then embroidered it, how cool is that really pleased with how it turned out.

I was lucky enough to win these Honey Bee Stamps from Chocolate Baroque some time ago and I was just waiting for the right time to use them so as soon as I saw what my teemie sister Yvonne had picked for her theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges I knew I was going to have a play with them.

What is the theme I hear you asking … NATURE … what else could it have been 😎
I chose all of the colours for this project because they remind me of nature … Sunshine, Greenery and Woodland.

The first lot of pics is how everything looked before I knew what I was going to make for my DT piece … didn’t use everything shown.

Can you see the little jam jar in the 3rd pic well in there is a piece of ribbon and lace soaking in the new TH DI called Squeezed Lemonade.
I find this the easiest way to do it if I want to change the colour of my ribbons or lace (anything really).

More pics but these are of the stamped embroidered Bumble Bee which when finished was backed with some wadding, stitched to keep in place, spritzed with Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist … (masked off first) … die cut then lastly frayed the edges.

The beehive is stamped onto cotton gauze fabric which I coloured in with copic markers, also padded it with wadding, stitched around the edges then finished off with Picking shears … all left over from my sewing days plus the hoop is another left over from my cross stitch days. Added an eyelet so that I could slip the ribbon through from the recycled envelope.

Anyway this is what I finally pieced together … a recycled envelope which when opened has two tags in the pockets with loads more lovely things done to them. The backing is my fave cereal box painted with emulsion then crackle glazed before being inked and stamped onto. The stamping on the tags has been gold embossed and then lightly coloured with copic markers.

So hope you have enjoyed the before and after but you really should take a look at the Fashionettes work displayed today it is all stunning.

Entering for: Sugar Creek Hollow – More Is Better
Crafty Boots Challenge – Material
Tando Creative Challenge – Fabric


31 Responses to “Nature Sew Enjoyable”

  1. Dot L says:

    Hi Shirl…Wow…I don’t quite know where to start ~ your detail is jaw-dropping! Everything seems to have come together sooo naturally, and looks brilliant! Thanks for showing before and after pics – it really helps to see how it all just evolved. Brilliantly inspiring on all counts Shirley.
    Dot x

  2. irene chillman says:

    Wow, this is absolutely stunning, everything about it s just gorgeous, love the embroidery. I can see why you enjoyed making this piece Shirl, it truly is a work of art.
    Irene xx

  3. Paula says:

    Hi Shirl gobsmackingly beautifully a real masterpiece, I’m lost for words, it is just too gorgeous, I love it. xx

  4. Sue C says:

    Wow ! I’m with Paula, speechless ! Love it, love it, love it !

    Sue C

  5. Fliss says:

    I’m in total awe here Shirley and I didn’t realise you’d actually stitched on your creation. As the others have said, it really is a masterpiece!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  6. Zoechaos says:

    Just popped into Fashionable to catch up on the latest and feel in love with this. All the words (cannot spell Supearlatives) we use have become undervalued when expressing admiration for this. XOXO Zoe

  7. Meggymay says:

    Wow, lost for words as well, its a truely gorgeous project, with so many amazing details to look at. it must have taken you many hours to make.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at SCH as well.
    Yvonne/Meggymay. x

  8. Hi Shirley! All I can say is “be still my heart!” I love bees in art work and you have captured them perfectly. I could return to thispast over and over to soak it all in. Bravo!

  9. Claire C says:

    Wow Shirl, you are SEW creative lol (oops couldn’t resist). What a totally gorgeous project, I love everything about it
    Claire xx

  10. Dionne says:

    Oh my, this is stunning and there is so much detail, who could fail to love this amazing piece of work. Thank you for sharing it with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges and I really hope we see more of your work in the future.


  11. Just beautiful! I haven’t stitched for years but you inspire me!

  12. Brenda Brown says:

    Shirley this must be your best creation ever and you certainly make a few. This is so bloomin’ gorgeous, I love everything about it.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  13. Wow, wow, wow – This is really a masterpiece, Shirley. So fantastic, love every detail on it.

  14. Buttons says:

    So much detail and the embroidery is to die for. You really must have the patience of a saint. Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs, Buttons x

  15. Ellie Knol says:

    How lovely.. I can see you enjoyed making it!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  16. Zoechaos says:

    Hello Shirl, see that you have found our Tando Creative Challenge and are sharing this fabulous project with us. thank you and good luck XOXO Zoe

  17. Avril B says:

    Hi Shirley, WOW – This is amazing such a fabulous project. Love all the details you have included and beautiful images. Didn’t realise the bee was embroidered! Just Stunning.
    Avril xx

  18. gisele says:

    OMGoodness Shirl, you have outdone even yourself !!! Absolutely fantastic creation !!!

  19. THis is so very very creative…lots to see and admire Shirley…wow…great artwork!

    greetings, Alie 🙂

  20. Terry says:

    I do believe a “WOW” is in order here! This is just so creative and so beautiful! Love the colors and every little detail! Beautiful!

  21. Karen says:

    Very beautiful tags, wonderful stitching! love the fact that you have made something wonderful by recycling something else – which i adore lol! hugs Karen x

  22. Oh my goodness this is to die for….I can’t find words to tell you how very beautiful this piece of art is. I used to cross stitch and to combine my two loves would be wonderful. You have inspired me, I love these stamps!!!
    I am so very glad you shared this with us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

    Patti SCH/DT

  23. Heather says:

    Gorgeous Card! I love how you did your bumble bees and hive, so worth all your work! Love all your embellishments, and thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  24. Holly SCH DT says:

    absolutely AMAZING and beautiufl! Such talent!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week!

    Holly SCH DT

  25. kaz says:

    Wow these are all stunning. Such neat stitching too. Thanks for linking your work to Tando.

  26. Joan says:

    Hi Shirl, LOVE IT! Been MIA for a while but getting back into the circuit again. Really into the fabric art now especially after being on the recent Artsycraft weekend that Sue was on. Will post my projects very soon

    Take care

    Joan x

  27. Karen says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! This is absolutely outstanding Shirl. I also love to work with fabric and am totally enthralled with what you have created here. Thank you so so much for linking into Tando as I probably would have missed seeing this otherwise xxx

  28. Carol says:

    What absolutely gorgeous pieces…love the stitching and how you’ve used it – thank you for sharing at Tando Creative…

  29. Traceyr says:

    This is a wonderful piece of artwork so much detail in it. I love how you have colour matched every element. Those bottle tops are gorgeous. Did you buy those or make them yourself?


  30. […] sure you would all like to say congratulations to our Shirl.  You can see her wonderful creation HERE and below.  You will find her featured on page 35 of the October issue of the Craft Stamper […]

  31. Nicie Ibarra says:

    Shirley, this is an unbelievable piece of art!!!!!!! Congratulations on being featured in Craft Stamper Magazine!!! Very well deserved and hope you win the final round!!! 🙂

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