As with most events I go to, there are wonderfully, creative swaps you can sign
up for. I see it two ways. One, it's a way to keep your anticipation high
knowing that in a matter of months, weeks or days you will be immersed in
in a fabulous getaway. Two, it's a challenge to see just what you can do with
the parameters of the swap established by the organizer. At Spellbound, I
chose to take part in the Fabric and Ribbon Flower Swap. The guidelines?
"Flowers should be 4 to 6 inches in diameter. In keeping
with the vintage feel, colors should stay in the ivory,
beige, tan color schemes. Feel free to "gild" your flower
up if you like, but it's not necessary."
While thumbing through the large quantity of cabinet cards I have amassed,
I knew I wanted to utilize one of them. It was this young woman's haunting
face that reached out to me... just look at those eyes! There is a story there
and I wanted to use that as the purpose for my flower. The reason for its
existence. So, if I have a story as my jumping point, then the utilization
of discarded book covers made perfect sense!
I created a new illustration by combining this photo with an overlay of the
woman's face, printing it onto handmade, creamy white paper. As I didn't
want the image of the child to show, I proceeded to cover that section with
some vintage handwritten paper...
and embellished even further with bits and pieces of vintage laces.
Seven tags in all!
Seven, ready for the fabric flower!
And this is what I made!
Seven fabric flowers ready for the tags!
And on the back? To continue with the theme of a book and its story, I
attached a library card pocket with a story I had written about this woman.
I was delighted at how all of this fell together. I was delighted to combine
my love of writing with another form of creativity! All that was left to
complete this project was to add the rumpled seam binding through the
punched hole at the top.
Elise, and her story, were now ready to be passed along!!!