Monday, 8 February 2010

Venice Skinny Page

Following on from the previous post I'm also receiving skinny pages in exchange and I've requested that those pages are all dedicated to Venice! And I then decided to make a page for the resulting album myself as the cover of what will hopefully become an inspirational book about La Serenissima. This page was also inspired by the gorgeous Venetian themed collage sheets which have just been added to the Alphastamps website.

For the base I used a commercial cotton fabric (in fact you can barely see it anymore) with musical instruments and lots of gold. This was stitched onto Fast2Fuse and machine quilted with gold thread. To this the image of the Venetian palace (embedded into a fabric-paper collage) from Alphastamps Windows of Venice collage sheet was also stitched with a gold zig-zag. The gorgeous transparency with my favourite of all the Alphastamps new images from the Gondolas collage sheet was stitched on. You can just see hints of the musical instruments fabric through this.
At the top you can see 3 masks featured on a fan (from Alphastamps Paper Doll Fans sticker sheet) and the word Venezia stitched on as well as a mask charm.
At the bottom of the skinny page there is gold metallic gimp and red bells ( both also from Alphastamps) and around the other 3 edges is a very dimensional red/gold cording (Alphastamps). In order to stitch this on it was necessary to remove my machine foot, drop my feeddogs, and use free-machining. Probably better not to try this at home!! Sometimes I actually feel sorry for what I put my sewing machine through. It's very long suffering!


JP said...

just love this page

Anonymous said...

So glad to have found your blog - I first came across your work at the Llanidloes quilt exhibition last year and it stood out for me because of its gorgeous use of colour and interesting prints. love the glitz too! Thanks for being such an informative and inspirational blogger!

Lenna Andrews said...

Frieda, this is so beautiful. I love the layers, stitching and images, wow! You've got me think i really should make a cover for my own book . . . and if your machine has suffered from what you put it through, i think it is worth it!!!!
xo lenna

Bonnie Holeman said...

Hi Frieda,
I just discovered you on an email from the AlphaStamps yahoo group, and went to your website to view your gallery. What lovely work! I especially enjoyed your ATCs. I can't tell from the pictures...are they all fabric and embellishments, or is there some mixed media with paper? I love your style!

Maggi said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the red and adore the way you did the edges!


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