Concertina Fabric Journal Part 3

Yesterday I made some more progress on my journal.  I attached the background pieces with zig zag stitching and then ironed on the floral motifs and the strip of circles.

concertina-journal-3

I pulled out the perle cotton threads and some beads and just started to play.  Here is what I have done so far.

panel-1

The piece still felt a bit bare in the center.  I looked through my images and didn’t see anything that caught my eye, so I decided to focus on letters and words.  I came up with the idea of creating action words that would keep me motivated and inspired.  (When this is completed, it will sit on my desk at work)

I ironed a piece of white muslin onto freezer paper and cut it to fit into my printer.  I then created a list of words in different fonts and printed those onto the muslin.  I cut the words out with pinking shears and sewed them onto wool felt and embellished it with small glass beads and french knots.  The word is not attached to the piece yet, but just placed so that you can see what I am thinking.  I will attach the words with small snaps that will allow me to change out the words on each panel.

panel-1-with-tag

Below is a close up of some of the bead work that I did.  To give some depth to the piece, I strung gold bugle beads and topped it with a black bead.  I used silimide thread which gives the bugle beads flexibility when you touch them.  In the circles I used a gold bead with a pink bead on top – I love those two colors together.  I am going to let this panel sit for awhile as I am not sure if I will add anything more to it. 

panel-1-up-close

 Here is the beginning of panel 2.

panel-2-beginning

Stay tuned for more.

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8 Responses to Concertina Fabric Journal Part 3

  1. Beautiful, Marci! I love the soothing blue! Can’t wait to see the finished project…it’s lovely!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I love the progress you’ve made on this – the stitching adds a nice touch, and so does the word. And I like it better without the lace too – but I’m not much of a lacy person. Looks great!

  3. I am loving this more and more with each bit of progress you post. Truly an amazing work of art.
    Happy Holidays filled with…
    Peace & Love,
    ~Barb~

  4. Donna says:

    I love this! I’ll definitely check back to see the finished art work. Love the word added for a focal point! Great choice, Marci. Donna from CPS

  5. Christy says:

    Just sublime. I’m loving the words and that you can change them around too. So fun and creative and just the thing for your desk. Your beading and stitches are great. Can’t wait to see more.

  6. SO gorgeous!! I love it – and am really jealous. It’s coming along beautifully – please keep posting pics – it’s so inspirational! It’s 3:30 am and I was just checking this before I head to bed…and now I want to get out my stuff and play. You’ve done a fantastic job!! 🙂

  7. Kathryn says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have a present for you on my blog. Swing by when you get a moment.

    {soul hugs}
    k

  8. Trish G. says:

    Marci, I saw your post over at CPS, but I don’t think I have ever been on your blog before! I love the journal and your idea about putting the word on snaps is just inspired. Hope you and your family had a lovely holiday and I’ll look forward to reading more about your journal.

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