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

 

April 15, 2015

Vintage Postage Digital Art

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage, Vintage Post Cards, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:32 PM by Shelley Swanland

2014 April New Prints no labelsThese 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.Composition Book Covers W01 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

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.

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

 

February 10, 2013

Tranquil Flora

Posted in Machine Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:55 PM by Shelley Swanland

Tranquil Flora WAnother felted piece, “Tranquil Flora” is my latest Twilt. I’ve been working on the embroidery and beading for a while. Strips of various silks, a little rayon ,cotton organdy and wool yarn with just a touch of metallic mesh were felted onto a piece of white felt with my felting machine.  I then added two painted lace motifs with a ribbon and some trim. Silk Ribbon embroidered flowers with additional embroidery and feather stitch in pearl cotton and silk  were used to fill in. I finished it off with lots of beads.

Click on the image to go to Flickr.

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.

 

 

October 1, 2012

Time for Tea

Posted in Digital Collage tagged , , , , , at 10:26 AM by Shelley Swanland

I attended a Tea at Georgia’s Quilting Obsession and put together a series of Tea Collages for use with the charms I was planning to demo.

I thought they turned out pretty well and wanted to share them. The Tea pot came from The Graphics Fairy. The background includes a letter and roses from late 1800’s vintage art that I have collected.

 

Click on either image to see them on Flickr. You are free to use this collage, just right click on the Flickr image and “Save as”. Enjoy!

June 12, 2012

Hearts and Flowers

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:13 AM by Shelley Swanland

Click on Twilt to see high res version on flickr

“Hearts and Flowers” is my latest Twilt. It includes paper piecing, a little Cathedral Window stuff, silk ribbon embroidery, a copy of a vintage flower silk, some crazy quilting and gathered silk  in some of my favorite fabric colors.

Enjoy!

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts : Flickr Twilts Page.

August 9, 2011

Log Cabin Roses

Posted in Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

Rose blocks created in a Log Cabin style and a Bouquet of Dye painted rayon lace with embroidered sprays using Brazillian embroidery thread, pearl cotton, silk ribbon. french knots and beads make up this weeks Twilt, “Log Cabin Roses”. Embroidery and beads have been added to the Log Cabin Roses and three Mother of Pearl flower buttons were added as an accent. I think the fabrics used are very 80’s ish but I’m not sure. Enjoy!

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts : Flickr Twilts Page.

July 19, 2011

Silk Ribbon Sampler

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

Last Saturday I taught my first silk ribbon embroidery class in at least 15 years. It felt good. I needed a sample to work from for the class so I put this together. Why not let it double as a Twilt.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts : Flickr Twilts Page.

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