Welcome to the Vintiquities Workshop 5 Days of Tutorials
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Each day this week I will be posting a different mixed media art tutorial and campaigning for your votes.
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Tattered Fabric Supplies:
You will need to start gathering lots of different fabrics, scraps, etc.
muslin, cotton, old hankies, loose weave fabrics, vintage canvas, old pillow cases, old flower sacks, anything that dyes well and frays at the edges when washed.
I like to tea dye (see link at the bottom of this post for a tutorial link) and coffee dye new white or tan fabrics for a nice subtle aged look, but the vintage stuff usually has it's own natural aged appearance so I use that too.
For the cuff bracelet you will need various widths of fabric torn into strips.
After dying your fabrics in different shades let them dry then tear them into strips. Throw all those torn strips into the washing machine (no need to clean all those loose threads off of them, leave those on for now)
When they are done washing pull that tangled ball out in throw it in the dryer. When dry you will have some untangling to do which will require pulling and sometimes tearing wads of those loose strings from the ball. SAVE THOSE WADS OF LOOSE STRING, you want to keep those for your bracelet. After working on that ball of frayed vintage looking goodness for a while you will get perfectly tattered looking pieces of fabric that are perfect for your bracelet and other artwork as well.
You will have plenty of strips for future projects and it's much better to get all that washing, drying and sorting over and done with in one sitting.
Decayed Elegance Cuff Bracelet:
What you need:
1. strip of fabric long enough to wrap around your wrist with about 1 inch of overlap
2. tattered fabric scraps and strips as shown above
3. pieces of lace or hankies
4. old pearl necklace with clasp
5. beads or old rhinestones
6. needle and thread
One of the good things about this cuff bracelet is that you don't need perfect sewing skills. It's purpose is to look a little messy and a little elegant at the same time. Sitching is merely to hold the pieces together not to look fabulous. If you can push a threaded needle up and down through the fabric layers, you can make this bracelet.
1. Pick out a background layer of fabric and tear it down to size (length around wrist plus 1 inch, by whatever width you want it to be, I like a 3" wide cuff, but I have a big wrist so you might want something thinner, it's all up to you)
2. Pick out a couple more background pieces for layers, (in the photo above my background piece is a dyed handkerchief and my second layer is a torn piece of dyed muslin) you can keep adding layers of lace or torn fabrics, whatever you like but keep in mind that most of the center of your cuff will be covered with flowers so the layers need to show more at the edges of your design.
5. continue placing loose washed threads then a hand coiled fabric strip rosette, then stitch, over and over until you have covered the length of your background MINUS that 1" of overlap.
6. After you have sewn all your rosettes down you can cut the clasp off that old string of pearls, disconnect the two halves of the clasp and sew them on each end of your cuff. (make sure you stitch the second half of the clasp BEFORE the 1 inch overlap of fabric & Not at the very end, (see the first cuff picture for placement)
You can use this technique on stitched mixed media projects as well...
Someday I hope to make a video art class out of this tutorial.
Your votes can make that happen!
Today is the last day for voting!
Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great day and an even better weekend!
I'll be spending my weekend with my best friend at the War Eagle Craft Fair in Rogers AR. We both had our birthday on Wed and this is how we are celebrating. I hope to share lots of fun pics with you Monday!
Robin Sanchez has a great tutorial up for tea dying if anyone would like to go check it out...