She’s A Lady

When I signed up for Smitten, Nancy Maxwell James’ on-line class, one reason was the motivation to work on projects that I’d wanted to do for some time, such as the recent altered bottle (“You Can See Right Through Her”) and a fabric heart. I’m always drawn to artwork which has fabric, trims, etc and it is something I would like to delve into a bit more. As I sat, working on the heart hanging over a few, very relaxing evenings, it made me chuckle. At school I was a disaster in the Home Economics sewing classes and the teachers were not filled with encouragement to help me. At least I had the choice not to continue with this subject but little did I know that when I selected to study Art & Design my misery would return as one of my art teachers revelled in sewing. The class was split, boys worked with clay and the girls, sewing. This was a mild form of torture for me but looking back, I have to admit that I forced myself not to enjoy it. A few years ago when I started to cross-stitch the irony struck me, here I was picking up needle and thread for fun!
This is my heart hanging. There is such freedom in this class as Nancy creates amazing tutorials for each project but then lets us work to our own style and with what materials we have to hand.
On my base of batting I layered various types of lace adding seed beads and pearls. Around the image, delicate lace and more seed beads. To edge the heart I stitched lace and to create the hanging, a different length of lace.
I like a slight distressed look so I frayed the edges around the image. Aren’t those fabric flowers really beautiful? Only added a pearl bead to one flower centre.
As all the stitching is by hand, this is not a project to rush. As stamping/mixed media/altered art occupies so much of my time I don’t cross-stitch anymore but as I worked on this it reminded me how soothing it is to work with needle and thread.

Friends have asked if I would recommend an on-line class. Obviously Nancy’s is the only class I have participated in and I can imagine that every on-class class will differ in what it has to offer. If we are solely talking about Smitten, I definitely recommend it. Nancy has created detailed tutorials which you could follow to the letter if you wish. She has set up a Sugar Lump Society Blog for participants and also provides cabinet cards which we may download and what counts, she is approachable, there to answer any queries. Lynne x

Challenge – I am linking this to Take A Word’s “Vintage” theme.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jingle
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:00:35

    This is absolutely beautiful! I really love it!!!!


  2. craftytrog
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:03:43

    This is beautiful Lynne! I love all the different types of lace you used xx


  3. JeanFB
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:13:13

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the soft colors and beautiful, delicate lace and trims!


  4. Marie
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:16:52

    Hi Lynne,
    your heart is stunning!! Love it.
    Have a lovely day.


  5. Lucy Edmondson
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:27:01

    This is gorgeous, Lynne, and I enjoyed reading what you have said. Did you realize that reading through the lines you are saying that Nancy has given you the scope to explore your creativity with her encouragement, which your teachers at school did not. I think that is what we need to bring out our imagination, and is the story of so many of us.

    Lucy x


  6. CarolQ
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:42:07

    ooh, lots of yummy lace. gorgeous Lynne!


  7. Shelly Schmidt
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:54:23

    Gorgeous- beautiful lace project! I am envious of all of the creative time you get!!!


  8. Cynthia Schelzig
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:57:50

    What a heavenly looking piece you created! Glad you are enjoying your class!


  9. 2amscrapper
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 19:02:08

    Like you, I’ve stayed away from any type of needlework. However, opening your post and seeing this photo just took my breath away–what a beautiful project!


  10. Dot Arnott
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 19:56:55

    If only your teachers could see your work now Lynne. It is a shame that you did not get encouragement at school, as all children should, to boost their confidence. It just goes to show that perseverance pays off, and the proof is in your blog with your beautiful handiwork. This is another stunner.



    • lynne
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 21:15:53

      Dot that is such a lovely comment to leave. Not sure that my teachers would be that impressed with my sewing skills but I am glad I didn’t let past bad experiences hinder me from enjoying picking up a needle and thread now. Lynne x


  11. Susan Reaney
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 20:33:33

    This is so beautiful! I must look up her class! I was a “C” student in Home Ec (this was in South Dakota where most young women had years of 4-H and sewed most of their own clothes. This year, I joined a swap for Silver Bella and made eleven sachets (large, somewhat similar). I loved it but there was quite a learning curve and I had some nervous days!). The group called me the “overachiever”…I was so pleased how they turned out!

    We can learn, can’t we!!!



    • lynne
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 21:14:40

      Susan, we can learn. Despite struggling with sewing during our school years isn’t it lovely that we are getting joy from it now. Lynne x


  12. PetraB
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 22:55:34

    A gorgeous heart, I always love the way you combine paper, stamping, fabric and just everything.


  13. Debbie Kaste
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 03:02:25

    Just lovely, Lynne! What a treasure and your sewing teacher would be proud, I’m sure:)

    – DebbieK x


  14. Carol Anne
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 14:54:50

    Hi Lynne,
    Oh, your heart is stunning! I love all of the lace you used and the image is beautiful!!
    Carol Anne


  15. Pam Snow
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 19:03:44

    Lovely heart. I agree that this class has been great. The tutorials are so clear and easy to follow. Love how you incorporates some many textures into the piece.


  16. Martina
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:23:04

    Lynne, your work is always nothing less than stunning! This piece is no exception! SO BEAUTIFUL!


  17. crafty dawn
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 22:10:44

    What a lovely heart, I can imagine you working on this it just wonderful

    love Dawn xx


  18. Jack
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 15:31:37

    This, as always Lynne, is just stunning. I love the vintage look and those little flowers are adorable. xx


  19. Penny
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 04:28:59

    This is definitely a “you” project! I always associate fabric and lace with you and it’s funny to learn that wasn’t always the case. I’m glad you decided to play with sewing again for fun – I adore seeing your fabric and lace pieces that you share.


  20. Marie (Ozstuff)
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 14:43:21

    This is one of those artpieces that leaves one gasping. It is exquisite – the perfect marriage of image, fabric and lace. Thankyou so much for posting it at Take a Word.


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