Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Week 21 The Cardinal

The Cardinal started as a challenge to use my felting machine. It was very easy and fun to use. I wanted to "upcycle" an old garment for one of the journal quilts. I was able to utilize an old sweater. The tree, cardinal, nest, and leaves were all felted using wool or silk roving. In Natalia Aikens DVD "Texture Transformation Stitch, Alter, Recycle" she demonstrates using dryer lint. I couldn't resist trying this technique. I was able to use dryer lint in the birds nest. The flowers are paper and were found at a craft store on clearance. Bead embellishments were added for more dimension. I suspect the entire journal would have "popped" with a different background since the flowers are pink. I will take that as one of those "lessons learned".

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