Friday, 31 January 2014

The First Of My Boudoir Bathroom Picture Frame!

framed machine sewn paper heart I have made a start on the framed paper collages I want for the walls of my “boudoir bathroom.  It was a tricky affair, but hopefully with this first one under my belt, the rest will get easier …. famous last words!
Poundshop frames_thumb[2]My Minds Eye, Stella and Rose 12 x 12 Designer Paper Pad 180 pages
I got the frames, in three different sizes  from Poundland which will hopefully be a good match for the mirror I have finally bought from Amazon. I can’t actually believe that I have seen the exact same frames on e-bay selling for some very silly prices, and I mean silly!  Whatever size I bought, I only paid £1.
I will be using the some of the papers from The My Minds Eye Stella and Rose 180 page paper pad that I used for the bath panel, however as the patterns have been scaled up for 12 x 12 papers, which are best suited for the scale of the bath panel, some are a little too big for the scale of the frames, so I shall also be using  pages/scraps leftover from my 6 x 6 paper pads, which will look a little more balanced.
machine sewing paper patchwork heartsmachine sewn paper heart
Anyway, I started with a 7” x 5” frame first. I cut a plain piece of cream card to act as a border for the "patchwork", followed by a piece of patterned paper measuring 6” x 4” for the background, centering them and holding them in place with double sided tape.  I then made a heart template, cutting it into four sections to create the patchwork effect, again positioning them with more double sided tape. Now, I am no shakes on a sewing machine, which is really quite fortunate as I wanted a shabby effect, and with my wobbly lines that’s exactly what I got!
machine sewn paper heart
Positioning the finished patchwork centrally in the frame was not as easy as I had anticipated, however again it was nothing that a little tape couldn’t fix ……. eventually!
So there’s number one frame done ….. I have eight/nine to go as I am going for a cluster effect, hopefully as I get more confident, the patchworks will become a more detailed ….. I would like my next one to be of a bird or a house …. soooooo very, very twee!!!


Mrs Crafty said...

Helen, you have long been an inspiration to me. I love your mad bath panel and everything you do. Sarah

Mrs Crafty said...

You are so inspirational Helen. I am sure you should get an OBE for getting people crafting.

Den said...

Bird or a house, sounds like a task for your Silhouette! ELD xxxx

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog and seeing all your crafty makes.thank you for such a great blog.

Mrs B said...

Hi Helen. I love that some people won't use the pound shops because, in their own words "They only sell rubbish" It means there are more fantastic goodies for those of us that have more sense and an eye for a bargain. Love picture number one. I'm sure the rest will be easier for you. Have a good weekend. Take care.

Cheryl W said...

Looks like the perfect accoutrement for your bathroom!

Mrs A. said...

Way to go . This is fab. Can't wait to see the next one.
Hugs mrs A. & Norm.

tilly said...

I hope you have an open day when all is finished, I shall be first in the queue lol, a fab first picture

KraftyKaren said...

Fabulous!!!! I'm enjoying seeing your Boudoir Bathroom come together x