Friday, November 2, 2007

Altered Art Fabric Collage Christmas Pillows

Well, I have been hard at work on my Christmas creations. These are a couple of my newest designs. For a while now I have been wanting to dabble in altered art fabric collage and the coming of Christmas was my inspiration, with all the wonderful antique Victorian postcard images that I use.

For the pink Christmas pillow, I used lots of vintage odds and ends - jewelry pieces, laces, Victorian ruffled sleeve remnant, pale green satin ribbon, buttons, rhinestones, hanky,beads.....The pillow has 2 vignettes - a Victorian Santa with "Merry Christmas" below and the Victorian angel holding a bell transfer appliqued to a pink rose fabric, accented with lace, tiny button and rhinestone and decoratively stitched around edge. It was then slipped into a vintage hanky pocket and has the quote "Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings" from the classic Its a Wonderful Life. Lots of detail and HOURS of work on this unique Christmas pillow.

The next pillow has the most wonderful old World Santa - I just love his face, and I could just see him leaning down and whispering "Do you Believe?" so that was the quote I used for center of the vintage doily next to him. I also used a vintage jewelry piece with a beautiful old clasp for accent. Various buttons, lace and decorative stitching too. This is a pocket pillow and I have slipped two handmade ornaments with 2 more postcard images of little girls imagining Santa - I just love the magic of these!! They have been decoratively stitched and antique silk ribbon bows are for hanging.

I so enjoyed the creative process of these 2 pieces - I hope you enjoy them as well. Now what to do next.....I'm thinking of Victorian angels (I've got a great quote!!) or Fairies or both!


Lori said...

AMY!!! these are just so very lovely!!! beautiful job, very sweet in every way!!!

Karin said...

WOW! Beautiful work! Love your pillows......I'll be back to visit more!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Amy, the pillows are beautiful! I lovethe vintage santa's :) You are so talented, I cant wait to get my goodies from you :)


Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Amy, I received my package from you and I have to tell you that I was SPEECHLESS when I saw it all~ You are absolutely one of the most talented people ever! That pillow is beyond exquisite! I want to FILL my bed with your pillows! I will be back for sure to buy more from you! You are wonderful, thank you so much, that pillow is worth a ton and for you to just give it as a gift is unbelievable. I am humbled. I will be featuring you on my blog soon.

Thank you again!

Natasha Burns said...

What lovely work!!!
Can't wait to see you in your gold lame dress and big hair, sounds wonderful!

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Your pillow is to-die-for! But, then, all your creations are!

Pink hugs, Karen
PS Thanks for stopping by my blog.

My display at Huffines Art Show - Richardson, TX

My display at Huffines Art Show - Richardson, TX

A little about my textile art.....

My vintage fabric collages combine my love of vintage textiles and my love of words. Words are powerful and a beautiful phrase can evoke such emotion. My collage designs are built around the wise words of an old poet or author, which I handstitch in a simple lettering. I use vintage fabrics, laces, buttons, etc...all handstitched in a unique way to mirror the words - there is always a little mystery with the finished product, but if you look closely you will see the simple beauty of the words reflected in the design. I collect old vintage frames throughout the year to frame each collage in. Below is a sampling of some of my pieces....

~Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul~Emily Dickinson

~Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul~Emily Dickinson