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08 September 2010

Still playin' with fabric

I've got a confession...this stash busting feels good. Not "chocolate pudding" good, but pretty doggone close! *LOL*

For this project, I used two cuts off of my 40 yard roll of "waxing" muslin. Yes, you read right. I had made a trip to the local beauty supply & they had a 40 yard roll of 3 inch wide muslin ($17) normally used for waxing. I decided to craft with this instead of doing anything painful!

The first cut was 36 inches. I split it right up the middle length-wise, tied a knot in one end of each strip, grabbed my Liquid Stitch, then started twisting the muslin and wrapping it around the knots, letting it fray, and gluing in tiny spots as I went to hold it all together. There was a 1 1/2 inch tail at the end that I flattened & used UNDER the twisting to make a base. The second piece was 45 inches and I left it the full 3 inches wide. Just repeated the same steps as the two narrow pieces. I ended up with 3 of these lovelies...

I knew EXACTLY where I wanted them to go. Not sure how long it's been now, maybe 4-5 years, one of Salt Lake City's oldest craft stores (Zim's) went out of business. During one of their last weeks, I happened across a table full of natural muslin vests. Did I buy one or two for the fab price of $2 each? NOPE! I bought up every stinkin one that was lying there because I knew if I didn't, I'd kick myself down the road for wanting more and not being able to find 'em. Think I ended up with 20 or so when I walked out (I'm not going to divulge how much papier mache I picked up during that trip!).

Over the years, I've put Christmas appliques on them & given as gifts, painted with fabric paint or acrylics & fabric medium like this one here, used a fabric gel pen to draw...you name it. Well, I still have quite a few vests sitting in the cupboard, so I unwrapped one, grabbed a needle and thread, then sat and did the guilty pleasure thing last night ~~ watched a couple episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and stitched. It was a great night!

Now to run it through a quick wash to get the wrinkles out & fray the roses a bit more. I LIKEY! Hope you do, too. We're up to 50 cool projects and counting, so go peek and be inspired...there's so many fantastic ideas flowing over at The T-Shirt Diaries!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!


Holly said...

Very chic! Love it Nora!

Melissa said...

I would probably have bought all of them too and this is the perfect combination!!

Maureen F. said...

Great flowers - I have to try and make these

Hugz~Dixie said...

Love the look of those flowers. I agree it is very elegant looking.

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Great job, Sis! Love those flowers! I likey too!
Huggies ~

Clarissa Emily said...

Thanks for the sweet note you left for me this morning. :) I love that you used the waxing muslin for the flowers! Isn't it great!?! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Michele said...

thanks for the story Nora! i love these shabby roses. so pretty and you can use them to embellish literally everything! i want one for my toothbrush :)

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