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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pearls and Lace Thursday #129 Fabric and Lace Collage Construction

Hello all you wonderful ladies!!  First off I want to say a huge thank you to each of you who left a comment on my previous post.  Y'all are so sweet!!  You really know how to make someone feel wonderful!
And if you are a lace lover, you might want to stick around to the end of this post!!!

As promised, here is how I made this Fabric and Lace Collage:

It started out in my mind as to the color scheme and the verse I wanted to use.  I picked out these colors because I'm in love with pink and cream together and wanted to have something lovely to hang in my living room.
I got all the bits and pieces of laces, trims, buttons and etc.'s  I might want to use and put them all together to play with SEE how they looked.
Here is the post I did on that grouping.  Mind you, I did not use everthing I started with, and added other things to what I originally had picked.


Using the freezer paper method of printing on plain muslin (found directions on Pinterest), I printed out sections of the Bible verse I wanted to use, then cut them into the size I wanted.

The background fabric I used was a fleecy pink piece from Walmart, and I covered it with a gauzy piece of patterned white organza that I found from an Etsy shop.

As I laid out the verse on the background pieces, I started to cut other fabrics to go behind the patches until I had them like I wanted them.

At this point I decided that these patches of words needed a darker pink background, so I cut pieces of the darkest pink fabric to put under each word or phrase to unify the whole piece.  After sewing each patch together with dark mauve thread (using the machine), I took each piece and sat down to start the really fun part!!  A few containers loaded with laces, trims, buttons, pearls, etc. and some light pink thread to attach them with.  Each patch got special attention and details that differed from all the others.  I had enough lace trims to use a unique one for each patch!  But the colors unify the whole.

After a few evenings of sewing the doodads and goodies to the patches, it was time to pin them on the base piece.  Here is where I realized that I should probably have waited to cut the base fabrics until I could determine the arrangement.  But it all worked out because it fit nicely and still had room for the OTHER laces and trims and appliques I wanted to use.

Laying them loosely on the background, moving things here and there, rechecking the order of the words (And how to spell Philippians and make a corrected piece!), I began to pin things down.

I wanted to make sure of the whole thing, so I left it for the night.  It was amazing what sunshine and another day did for me.  I was looking at it again with some ideas for a few changes, but it stayed primarily the way I had left it.  After finishing the pinning of each object, I began the sewing and tacking.
I brought my jars of pearl buttons, a dish full of trims and other pieces to my chair where I was sewing. And I didn't drop a single button between the cushion of the recliner!!
Using the light pink thread, I started at the bottom of the piece and hand sewed (tacked) each row of lace or patches to the foundation piece. I started at the bottom so I wouldn't have pins sticking me while I worked.
This is a fun part too, as I get to touch and play with each of the laces and trims, add a button or pearl here or there as I go, and before too long, it was nearing completion!
All I had left to do was to hang it on a hanger of some type.

I found a ruled piece of wood from my Birthmother's sewing items that looked like it was a hem measuring device without the stand.  PERFECT!!
After sewing quick loops to the top of the collage piece it was ready to hang.
And here you have it!
You can see the post of this collage finish on my previous post.


I already have another one in mind!!!
I'm picking out the pieces for it now!!
But in the meantime, how about a GIVEAWAY???
I put aside pieces and snippets of some of the laces that I used for this current collage so that I could pack it up and send it to someone that wanted to play with some pretty laces and trims!!
All you have to do to be entered in this giveaway is to leave a comment telling me what you might do with the contents of the bag!  Simple and easy!
The giveaway will end on Tuesday night April 2nd at midnight, just six days from now so I can pick a winner next week.  Here is a quick picture of what is included in the goodie bag! Dish not included!

I have more to add, and will do so during this week.  Be sure I have your email address when you leave your comment, either include it with your comment or make sure your correct email is on your profile.

A big hug to all of my new followers!  I hit 700 followers this last week!!  WOOT WOOT!!
Y'all are all so wonderful!!
Now on to the Pearls and Lace Thursday party!!
Link up is below.  Just add the url code from your post, not your blog to the link and show us your pretties!!
Blessings to you all,

I'm joining some parties too!!
Have a look!

Mosiac Monday at
Make it Pretty Monday
Today's Thrifty Treasures at
Craftastic Link Party at
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at
The Scoop Party Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up
Knick of Time Tuesday
Open House Party
Cottage Garden Party
Hope in Every Season
Blissful White Wednesday
Adorned From Above
What's It Wednesday
Whatever You Want Wednesday
What We Accomplished Wednesday
Grace at Home
Time Travel Thursday
Vintage Thingie Thursday
Minute for Me Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Feathered Nest Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Frugalicious Friday
A Crafty Soiree
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Inspiration Friday
Thrifty Things Friday
Simple and Sweet Fridays
Shabbylicious Friday
Potpourrie Friday
Flaunt It Friday
Pink Saturday
Sew Darn Crafty


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


Just beautiful!!

Thanks so much for hosting!!

Wishing you a blessed Easter!!


maggiegracecreates said...

Doni - this is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Your entire blog is beautiful.

I admit to pinning from here - a lot.

I'm trying to accomplish 9 baby/childrens gifts from my stash and I have discovered several ideas here that I really want to incorporate.

again - this is stunning.

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely gorgeous and full of heavenly meaning! What an awesome idea you had there. If I win, I'd like to make something similar. Hugs ~ Mary ... and thanks for hostessing the party!

Sarah said...

What an amazing project. You did a fantastic job on this beautiful collage. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Chenille Cottage said...

You continue to amaze me with your inspired creations. I love the lace, buttons and thoughtful planning that goes into your works of art. There couldn't be a more perfect scripture to feature than the one you have so elegantly incorporated.
Blessings, my friend and Happy Easter!
Carolynn xoxo

thank you so much for hosting each week. I love joining in.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Beautiful creation!! I love it!

Marilyn said...

Wonderful words, pretty piece. If I were picked for the winner I'd most likely enjoy looking at the pretties and wait for some inspiration--maybe using your idea with my favorite verse. May you and your family have a blessed Easter.♥♫

BECKY said...

So beautiful Doni, and such lovely attention to detail! Just love this! You can tell it was made with lots of love and care.

Thanks so much for sharing at Blissful Whites Wednesday!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Doni, Thanks for the party! It sure is something special about lace - it's simply divine :) Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Ann said...

What a beautiful work of art! It's simple stunning.

Coloradolady said...

What a great way to use some of your vintage laces and trims. That is really a unique piece and stunning. Very creative and a treasure for sure! Thanks for linking in today. Happy Vintage Thingie Thursday!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Love your latest collage, it is beautifully arranged and I spotted some buttons I would like to have LOL

I would love to win your giveaway, I would probably cover another lamp shade with all that gorgeous lace and trim


Sew Can Do said...

You should be proud of how lovely this turned out! I hope you'll link it to my Craftastic party: http://www.sewcando.com/2013/03/spring-on-over-for-craftastic-monday.html

Have a Happy Easter!

ornate splendor said...

Doni, thank you for hosting the linky party. Everything is lovely, as always. Your fabric collage is so inspiring. If I win the give-away, I will begin a project I have been meaning to do for a while...a fabric collage with pictures of my mother, where I incorporate some of her jewelry into the collage. My mother passed away 9 years ago. I made such a fabric collage for my mother-in-law last year for mothers'day. I made a collage for her using photos of her own mother and incorporated her own mother's jewelry. It was a wonderful heirloom for her that I was honored to make for her. (I will blog about this gift for my mother-in-law as mothers' day approaches.) Happy Creating, Catherine

Wilma said...

Hello Dear Doni,

What a wonderful post and give away !
The collage is so beautiful, thank you for sharing the process.

The header of your blog with the verse of the collage is really lovely !!

If I win I would use the laces in my fabic books.


Mumma Shirl said...

I love your truly inspirational piece I have been thinking of making a family tree in the same style. I love when I log in and find a post from you xx
Regards Shirley

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Beautiful workmanship! Love all of the embellishments.

Easter Blessings,

Tina said...
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Tina said...

Such a pretty project! I love pink and cream together.

If I won your give away goodies I think I would use them to decorate a shabby box.

Unknown said...

Your collage is beautiful indeed.
Thanks for sharing it.

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Doni! This is so beautiful! I've been following your collage posts and thinking about what kind I'd like to create. I think I want to do one with the love verses from 1 Corinthians 13. I used to have a framed picture with those verses on it and my kids loved it---and memorized from it too! I was taking notes on supplies I'd need as I was reading through this---and then saw that you are offering a giveaway! How sweet! Thanks for the inspiration---I hope you've linked up at my Homemaking party this week!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Bec said...

Dear Doni
I keep coming to see you, so I better sign up to follow you. I love this project, am gonna make me one. Thank you for coming up with this great idea.
Bec (GildedRAGS, etsy)

Cindy said...

Hi Doni,

I am serious, you need to write a book or sell tutorials on how to do these. This absolutely beautiful and I am fixing up my 14 year old daughter's room and would love to make one with her with a verse she would see everyday to make her remember what is really important in life and life choices. I am going to attempt to make one like this, I have already printed it out, now I just need to find the time. You are truly talented and so sweet to just give away a tutorial like this!!


Cindy Leaf

Mom E. said...

Beautiful! I think there are MANY hours in this project that the pictures you posted do not represent...It is completely beautiful!
I love all your laces and would love to win the giveaway. I am doing some different heart and Love themed items for our master bedroom and bathroom, and I would use these lovely laces for a heart box that I have planned, and for a bag I will hang on the interior of an armoire that will hold love notes from my hubby and children along with other pretties ...I love all your inspiration that I see everytime I come to your blog!
Have a joyful Easter Weekend, friend!

Sherry said...

Oh, Doni; you are so generous to share your beautiful laces as well as providing such special inspiration for using them! I would use those lovely pieces on a crazy quilt I'm making using ivories, creams, ecru and pink. I absolutely adore these colors and finding your blog has been such a blessing. Thanks so much!

Sherry in Little Rock
sherryef (at) swbell (dot) net

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Doni you have outdone yourself with this one! This is absolutely stunningly Beautiful! I can't stop looking at the photos. Oh my my... I love your collection for your giveaway and you know I would use those beautiful tidbits on a handbag for sure. :) I am so glad I stopped by to see you today. You made me smiles with your beautiful work and inspiration. Hugs, Beverly

Regina said...

Amazing creations!
Happy Pink and Enjoy the Easter weekend.



Margie said...

wow, this is just absolutely lovely! i've never seen anything quite like it before! i LOVE how you incorporated the Bible verse into it ... and all the lace and lovelies! stunning! Happy Easter!

Unknown said...

Lovely piece. The laces are just beautiful.

Ana Love Craft said...

Happy Easter, dear Doni!

Ana Love Craft

Ivy and Elephants said...

Yea! I'd love to win some of that yummy lace. You do such amazing work.
Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous tutorial with us.
Hugs and happy Easter!

ViLmus said...

is so PRETTY!
Hugs and blessing


Christine M said...

Hello Doni. I've just come across your blog via Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique. All I can say is wow! I love your collage. I've had a project in mind and your tutorial has given me the idea how to go about it as this was the style I had in mind. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Unknown said...

Dear Doni, This is my first time at your site and the very first time I am commenting to anyone. Your project touched my heart and I am going to incorporate it into an annual Advent project that I do for my sister using the different names of Jesus with Bible reference. Thank you for your inspiration!

Jeane M. said...

Cheers for the 700 and coming more! Love this wonderful craft, hats-off to this talent. Got my eye on your next posts.

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

I've featured you tonight on my Homemaking Linkup. Feel free to take a "featured" button from the bottom of my sidebar, if you'd like.

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Anonymous said...

Wow. That turned out absolutely and stunningly beautiful. I wish I wasn't late for a the drawing on the goody stash you're giving away. Wouldn't that be neat to do something like you did w/scraps of yours ... oh well. I'll just day dream of being able to do that anyway. I have always liked collages - I bet I could figure out a way to add needle, thread and fabric!

I'm so glad I stopped by to see this - I remember the post where you were picking the fabric.

Did you link w/Pink Saturday? I saw you on Sarah's Homemaking Link Up - that's how I got here -- while working Pink Saturday links.

Either way - Happy Pink Saturday!
Thanks, Jenn

Anonymous said...

PS - I've prepped a post to share your collage on the 7th, I think it is. Just love it. Thank you! Jenn

Anonymous said...

Doni, I found you through Jenn's Peacorn blog. Your fabric and lace collage is absolutely beautiful!!! I can imagine how exciting it was to make,and it is a real gem.

I love all the colors...so cheery and calming. And of course the verse is such a wonderful thing to see during the day, keeping ones mind on good, happy things.

Thank you for sharing this delight. I'm going now to sign up as a new follower. I don't want to miss anything if possible.

Blessings for more lovely creative inspiration,


Stay True To God said...

Hi Doni!! :)

This is soooooo gorgeous... I LOVE it!! Such an inspirational piece with one of my absolute favorite bible verses!! Beautiful pink & cream laces too. I'm so glad I found your collage on Pinterest.

Have a blessed *creative* day!! :)

Love in Christ...


Do not be led astray by the things of this world.
But, rather be encouraged to Stay True To God!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Absolutely beautiful! God bless you. :-)


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