Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Old Old Story

Those of us that love old things, no matter their condition, are intrigued more by the unknown stories behind them than the things themselves. Every old thing no matter how big or small, has a story to tell. This piece of mixed media stitching is based on this idea. 
Many of the small metal findings in this artwork came from my dad's and grandfather's metal detecting finds. Some of them were old buttons my mother collected, and some of them are old things I have collected. The captions are cut from an antique hymnal. There is machine embroidery as well as hand stitching over many layers of vintage fabrics, antique paper, and hand made pulp. The framework is made of tie wire.



Speaking of being intrigued by the story that old things have to tell, here are some estate sale finds from Sat...
All for less than a five dollar bill.


Who loves enameled old flower pins! Just love the red white and blue! I came across a whole trunk full of these old enameled pins in all shapes and sizes and colors. I'm going to make a floral arrangement out of them.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

10 comments:

Becca said...

What a lovely piece! I love the cut out words of the old hymns. Beautiful!

Theresa said...

Really soulful and beautiful, I love it. Nice treasures too! Theresa

Netty said...

Ooh Thespa the hanging is so gorgeous as well as being very personal. You have so much talent. Also what great finds, lucky girl. Enjoy the day, Annette x

Kari said...

What a brilliant idea!!! For one its unique and for umm 2 (that doesn't make sense does it?:)) It's stunning! You did a fantastic job!!!

Kari said...

PS those enamel pins are incredible! I haven't any that nice in a very long time.

In the Light of the Moon said...

There are beautiful pieces that speak loudly...your piece is singing its way into my heart.So much detail and love in every corner,every inch.I am a true fan.Warmest Regards,Cat

The Feathered Nest said...

THESPA!!! I absolutely LOVE this!!! What a beautiful collage and such a precious heirloom for you and your family! I love the wonderful old rusty fragments and the layers of goodness...just gorgeous girl, hugs and love, Dawn

Createology said...

This is quite a personal treasure and such a wonderful display for you to enjoy. Lovely to say the least. I adore your estate finds. Happy creating...

Electra said...

BEAUTIFUL piece!

My Arts Desire said...

Thespa, You need to do a blog post on "The Secrets of How I Find the Best STUFF"!!! PLEEEZ? Amazing finds. But, your quilted masterpiece is beyond words. I absolutely adore what you've done and the sentimental/personal nature of what you've included. I have several little boxes of stuff from my father's junk drawer which also included little things from his father's belongings. Nothing valuable and if I hadn't been there when my childhood home was being cleaned out some it might have been tossed. Your beautiful creation gives me a whole new idea of how I would like to showcase these treasures-to-me trinkets. Xo, Sue

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