January 8, 2016
I started this piece while housesitting in the mountains for nine days in December. “Winter Jay” is my latest Twilt. An Arm & Hammer Soda Card from 1916 was scanned and printed on cotton fabric and used as the focal point in the embroidery.
Linen fabrics, cotton organdy and lace were stitched together before the embroidery was added. Silk Ribbon leaves, embellishments and beads rounded out the central motif. The embroidery was then mounted on the batik with silk, chiffon and satin ribbons.
January 2, 2016
2015 is in the taillights and 2016 lays ahead.
I love these old cards from years gone by. The senders voices echo the wishes that were sent to their friends and family 100 years ago.
July 10, 2015
“Sunflower Summer” is my latest Twilt or Twitter Quilt. I printed one of my Digital Collage designs on fabric, pieced on the black borders, layered and quilted the piece. Then the fun began. I added the bow with beads and then the silk ribbon embroidery. The gears, clock face and brass butterfly finished it off. If you are interested in the Sunflower print just contact me directly or through Etsy. The 8″ print isn’t available on Etsy but I could add it.
My Etsy shop can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShelleysDesignWorks
June 19, 2015
A few days ago I added these Needle Cases and Mini Composition Journals to my Etsy Store. The Needle Cases are scans of Vintage Envelopes that I added Vintage digital elements to before printing on fabric. Once I put the needle cases together I embellished them with embroidery, beads, lace and buttons. The envelope addressed to Col Edwards is circa late 1800s.The other letter was sent from Italy to Long Beach in the 1950s.
Embellished Covers are added to Mini Composition books to create the Mini Journals. One is a felted base with Silk ribbon embroidered flowers which was this backed with another piece of felt. The other Mini Journal is linen applied to felt and then embellished with a piece of painted lace embroidery and beads. All four can be found in my Etsy Store.
April 30, 2015
The Pink collage uses a Cedar Waxwing image that I got over at http://www.olddesignshop.com. . An old image of a postcard back and trellis were used in the collage as well as a photo of lovely pink flowers that I took a while back.
They are both available in my Etsy shop as fabric prints.
April 20, 2015
It’s taken me a while but I finally got my Etsy shop up and going again. Right now I have 10 of the prints used with the Neat and Nifty Notebook pattern as well as 6 of my Vintage Envelope Prints. They are all available in different layouts as well as with or without the patterns. All of the prints would be great in Crazy Quilting projects. Etsy is a fun and easy way to shop for gifts and supplies. I hope you can visit and have some fun. You can find my Etsy shop here:https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShelleysDesignWorks
April 15, 2015
These are six new digital designs using vintage postcards, postage and card art I put together using my collection of vintage images. I love to dig through Antique stores and Thrift shops looking for vintage postage, old letters, post cards and writing samples. I then scan the images into my computer and using Photoshop combine them into Digitally collaged designs.
Printed on 100% cotton, I’ve used them in the Neat and Nifty Notebooks. The prints are available as a set of one large and two small to fit regular and mini composition books and come with a pattern to make the Neat and Nifty Composition Books for $9.50. To read more about the Composition books go here.
Fabric Prints are now or soon will be available in my Etsy shop Shelley’s Design Works.
The prints could also be used in Crazy quilting. I love combining digital art with fabric.
Contact me if you are interested in more information about purchasing the books or the prints and pattern.
March 23, 2015
Inspired by the 12 x 12 group I belong to on Facebook, “Old Time Text” uses the word of the month for March: Text. I scanned then printed the fabrics in the background from my collection of vintage and antique books and ephemera. Some are as old as the 1830s. It’s 12 x 12 so it qualifies as a Twilt as well.
March 18, 2015
My latest embellished project, “Organdy Hearts” features cotton organdy hearts appliqued to five of the blocks before the embroidery, silk ribbon and beading was applied. The stitch used to applique the cotton organdy is called the Pin Stitch. I learned this stitch from Elyn Mosbarger a while back.I’ve wanted to revisit the stitch for some time, once I began doing handwork again. I’ve already tempted and taught the stitch to my Crazy Quilt group.
Click on the images to see the high res pictures on Flickr.
I’ve created a pattern for this project and if you are interested contact me through my email found in the contact section of the Blog.
March 13, 2015
An easy introduction to the Machine Stitched Cathedral Window technique, Elegant Asian Fans uses the simplest element, a simple square folded diagonally. The base of each block is a foundation paper square with just thee pieces. Two folded squares are then basted on top. The curves happen during the quilting process.
I love Asian prints and have quite a few. This was a perfect opportunity for me to use some of them.
I just added this pattern on Crafty for those of you that like to download your own patterns. Of course you can contact me directly if you would like to buy the paper pattern.