Monday, 3 March 2008

Trash Gothic Arch


This weeks' theme for the Gothic Arches challenge is trash. Not exactly inspiring to me but I did my best!

By chance the latest issue of Cloth, Paper & Scissors magazine had arrived on Saturday with an advert from MistyFuse and this is the technique I used to make the background. I keep all my thread cut-offs and bits of left over fabric in a large pot. I never use them but they look lovely in this pot. Now finally I had a purpose for them. I put a large sheet of baking parchment on my ironing surface, followed by a piece of MistyFuse. I layered threads and fabrics on top and followed this with another layer of MistyFuse and then baking parchment. Then I ironed the whole lot. The MistyFuse layers make it all stick together and you can then iron the resulting "fabric" onto a piece of watercolour paper which I had pre-cut to the size of one of the new Gothic Arches shapes (template on the website).

To this I added images (girl, soap, heart) from a paper bag which you get when you buy something from one of the shops (Fireside) in our village. I have to admit here that I went and bought something there this morning just to get the paper bag!! You can iron this onto the background (don't forget the baking parchment!!) and I also added a stitched line, just to re-unite all the disparate images. I sewed on a transparent net with sparkles (gift from Tristan so definitely no trash, but I did not buy it myself!) From yesterday's newspaper (so today's trash!) I cut out the words Mother's Day, which it was here in the U.K. and added this to the arch. I smuggled in a red dot (Paperchase) and the plastic ribbon (a gift).

The arch was finished with red zigzag stitches around the edges.

24 comments:

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Femmy said...

fantastic result with all your trash!!!

KardKrazy said...

Amazing background!

DymphieM said...

O my, LOVE your background! I have this CPS issue, hope to find some of the Misty Fuse paper to try this.
Wonderful arch!

vintage wil said...

Amazing backgrond!!!

Rosie said...

Frieda, what a beautiful result... and I laughed to read that you went out to buy a bag specially to 'trash it'!!
Do you know if you can buy FabrikPaper and MistyFuse here in the UK? I'm having troubles sourcing more adventurous stuff... besides which, I tend to get distracted by the artwork I see on my cyber-travels. *g*

herminesplace said...

Gorgoeus, amazing background.

Trudie said...

Frieda, I love your very beautiful arch.
De background....very nice colours!!!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is a great arch. Fabulous result.

Janny said...

It's a beautiful Arch!

Maryanne said...

Great arch. And thanks for sharing your "how to" with the threads.

Kris Dickinson said...

Fantastic work!

filetta said...

Yes, I found 50€, but the ticket measures 4X2 because it is a wrapping paper of chocolate... damage!
Your arch is very wonderful !

Judy said...

Fantastic arch, the background is amazing! I'm going to give it a go - you are very inspiring!
Judy NZ

Mary-Beth said...

Stunning!!! I love the colours in the threads.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I so appreciate it.

tchou said...

fantastic arch!!! really a great work!

cctigrou said...

This is really amazing. Stunning background!!

dutchstamptramp said...

Great arch again! Love your choice of colours

Kriss said...

Fabulous. I love what you did to create this arch.

Kriss said...

Beautiful arch. I love what you did to create this, and the directions were great!

~*~Patty said...

Wonderful 'trash' arch Frieda!!! Those threads really were too good to throw away, lovely!!!

glitterangel said...

What a clever technique for your background - beautiful!

Klaartje said...

Great arch!

Debby said...

This is beautiful. Please send your trash to my house. hehehe...
debby

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