September 12, 2016

Remnants of Spring

Posted in Embellishment, Silk Ribbon Embroidery tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:27 PM by Shelley Swanland

remnants-of-spring-wCollaged fabric, embroidery and embellishment on Linen, Remnants of Spring, is my latest piece. It features silk ribbon embroidery over vintage fabrics, digital pictures, vintage napkins and lace. It is embellished with buttons, charms and beads with a lock and key. Once finished the linen was mounted on a piece of felt and then a quilted base of crinkled batik fabric. remnants-of-spring-detail-2remnants-of-spring-detail-1

 

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July 10, 2015

Sunflower Summer

Posted in 12 x 12s, Digital Collage, Embellishment, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:50 PM by Shelley Swanland

Sunflower Summer Web“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

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

June 19, 2015

New Books and Needle Cases on Etsy

Posted in Embellishment, Journals, Needle Cases, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:16 AM by Shelley Swanland

Mini Comp Books and Needle Cases 6 15A 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.

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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.

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April 30, 2015

Post Card Art, A Vintage Bird and Flowers…..Ah Spring!

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:08 AM by Shelley Swanland

1800s Harpers LadyIt’s already over 90 here in beautiful Southern California, so it’s a good day to stay inside

Here are two new digital designs that I have created. The beautiful lady came from an 1800’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. Half Pence postage and an old Post card back were used in this collage.Flowers with Vintage Bird and Post Card Images

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

Vintage Art Fabric Prints on Etsy

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage tagged , , , , , , at 11:34 AM by Shelley Swanland

Embellished Vintage Envelope NCIt’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 Bird Fabric Print1900 New Years Fabric PrintRome Roses Fabric Print

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2015

Old Time Text

Posted in 12 x 12s, Embellishment, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:38 PM by Shelley Swanland

2015-03 Old Time TextInspired 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.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

August 27, 2014

Chocolate Memories

Posted in Embellishment, Silk Ribbon Embroidery tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:22 AM by Shelley Swanland

Chocolate Memories W“Chocolate Memories” is another example of the blocks used in the Embellishment Sampler. Each of the nine blocks use a batik square zig zag stitched to  a piece of felt. I added a piece of lace, doily or hankie. Trims, silk ribbon and embroidery were added next. It was finished up with beads and found objects. The squares were then added to a quilted piece with beads. The entire piece measures approximately 20″ square.

Chocolate Block 5I love doing these little pieces. Block 5 features a photo on fabric of my sweet cat Myke who died a few months ago at the age of 19. A theme can be applied to the whole set or a single small square can be used on a card, a magnet or a book cover.

Chocolate Block 7All of my collections of beads, lace, threads and ribbons can be mined for the current block that I am working on. I have so many ideas for my next block that I have a hard time choosing the next one to start.

I hope you enjoy them.

August 21, 2014

Sunflowers and Cathedral Windows

Posted in Cathedral Windows tagged , , , , , , , at 9:51 AM by Shelley Swanland

Sunflowers for SybillThis one is for Throw Back Thursday. I came across the picture of my “Sunflowers” quilt that I made for my daughter, Sybill. It’s not a very good picture but it seems to be the only digital one I have. I think I made it around 2000. She loved Sunflowers so much that as soon as it was finished it became hers. The petals of the Sunflowers are three dimensional like I use in the Cathedral window process with four folded sides.

Sultry Sunflower

The  two inner sides of the points are rolled and stitched into curves. I think the blocks are 15″ each so the quilt must be around 60″ square.

“Sultry Sunflowers” is the same idea but with 9″ blocks and only 8 petals as opposed to the 12 petals in “Sunflowers”. It’s probably 40″ square.

Enjoy!

 

May 28, 2014

Embellishment Sampler

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:21 AM by Shelley Swanland

Embellishment Sampler for emailBy special request I put together this Embellishment Sampler for a workshop I will be doing in July. I have included many of my favorite embellishment elements. Just as Inchies, Post Cards and Tags have become a popular format for small artwork, I thought that these Tiny Twilts” would be a fun and versatile way of learning new embroidery and embellishment techniques. Each of the nine Tiny Twilts are only 3 1/2″.

Embellishment Sampler Block 6This little pieces are a lot of fun and would make great Motifs on cards books and needle cases. They are also a great way to experiment with new stitches and techniques.

Just a few included techniques: Gathered Wire Edge Ribbon flowers, Basic Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Silk Ribbon Spider Web Roses, Bead Leaf Flowers and Folded Gathered Flowers.

Click on the picture of the Sampler and it will take you to a High Res picture on Flickr.com

 

April 14, 2014

Early Spring

Posted in 12 x 12s, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:14 PM by Shelley Swanland

Early Spring WI know there is cold weather out there but Spring is coming in with a vengeance here in Southern California. It’s almost 90 degrees outside. This is my newest Twilt, “Early Spring”. Techniques include Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Folded Gathered Roses. raveled linen Tiny Twilts with bits of vintage lace and a doily corner. There’s a vintage button, lots of beads and my favorite French Knot Roses.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

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