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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #19 - Frayed Fabric

I am sorry that I had to miss Challenge #18 but it is a bit tricky at Christmas fitting everything in, especially with visits and visitors!  But it was certainly fabulous to wake up on New Year's Day to find that I won on Challenge #17 - my thanks to the Curiosity Crew!

Challenge #19 is all about Frayed Fabric and you can find the details of the technique on Page 66 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III which you can buy direct from Tim (signed).

Before Christmas we had a wonderful Secret Santa swap at A Vintage Journey and I was lucky enough to be drawn by the super talented Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies.  Brenda made me a fabulous book to hold my Tim Tags in (she knows me well!).  Brenda kindly left the cover blank in case I wanted to add to it myself - so I have used Tim's Frayed Fabric technique to cover it.  I hope Brenda approves.....

If you would like to see the whole of the book that Brenda made me, you can see it HERE.  It is stunning so I wanted to do justice to the cover.  It started out like this:

And now it looks like this:
I know my stitches are a bit wonky in places but I think that just adds to the character (yeah, right), but Tim does tell us to embrace imperfection, so I did!

I cannot share the technique with you, as that would not be fair to Tim, but I loved working with this beautiful fabric again!  Apologies for the light in the photos, I have not quite figured out how to use my new light box properly yet... it came without instructions..... and our days here are quite gloomy.
I added a couple of pieces of Ephemera from one of Tim's Ephemera card packs along with the Idea-ology metal arrow and fawcet piece.  I also added an Idea-ology Fragment and Label Letters to form the date underneath.

Tim and Mario are offering a wonderful parcel of Tim goodies to one person, selected by the Curiosity Team and the sponsor for this challenge is Inspiration Emporium who are, as always, offering a fantastic prize of $50 to one randomly selected individual.

This piece also represents my DT piece for Inspiration Journal where the challenge this month is 'Fresh Start' where we want you to just create - the sky's the limit!  You have until 31 January to get your entry in and our generous sponsor Inspiration Emporium are offering a generous $50 to one randomly selected individual.  You have got to be in it to win it!  We hope to see you there!

As always, thanks for looking!  See you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

39 comments:

  1. I love this Anne, such gorgeous fabric and wonderful detailing. I think your stitching looks fabulous too!
    hugs Sue xx

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  2. Great book cover Anne - I'm sure you've done the inside justice. I still have to purchase some fabric ......another thing on the wish list!! Elaine x

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  3. What a beautifully vintage book cover Anne, I love the stitching detail in an almost patchwork effect!! I will check out those challenges, I really must use up some of my Tim Holtz stash and what a great way to do it ;0) xx

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  4. Love the book cover Anne ...... gorgeous fabric, and your stitching looks fine to me :) xx

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  5. This is gorgeous Anne, I have the book now so am looking forward to checking out the challenges! I have had a look at Brenda's book too...you lucky gal, it's amazing! hugs Carole Z XX

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  6. Oh wow Anne! I didn't think Brenda's book to look any better but you just went and added to the beauty even more with this ingenious cover! I love how you've incorporated the ephemera by stitching them in place and the faucet knob is of course the perfect handle! SO clever! Jenny xxx

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  7. Wow, just fabulous Anne! You have really done Brenda's book proud!! I love all of the stitched on pieces and the metal trinkets! Well done! hugs :)

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  8. Like Jenny, I didn't think that beautiful book could get any better, but I adore your fabric collaged cover... what a wonderful way to use the fabric, and I love the less is more metal embellishing. Fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  9. Wow I am sure Brenda loves the cover its fabulous! Congratulations on winning challenge 17 too! xxx

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  10. Anne...I just had to pop over to your other link to see the complete book. Oh my word! What a lovely piece of art that Brenda created for you! She is such a talent! Your frayed fabric for the cover is absolutely perfect to compliment the beautiful contents hidden within the covers of the book. I love your design and the layers of machine stitched shapes and images. The added metal Ideaology also is a nice touch. I adore the frayed edges!!! Thanks so sharing this lovely piece with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  11. Just love your book...what a gift, and what you've done on the cover is STUNNING!!! LOVE every detail Anne! Thank you so much for joining in our first challenge of the year and stitching up a great project for CC3Challenge!!!

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  12. Your cover adds the finishing touches to the book beautifully Anne. Such a treasured keepsake for years to come

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  13. Oh Anne!! I LOVE your Frayed Fabric cover!! I LOVE your wonky stitching--YAY for wonky stitching :) :) I think Brenda will also love what you've done :) Look at that faucet handle you've added :) I really like the metal embellies with the mix of fabrics--it's like the fabrics 'calm down' the metals and the metals 'amp up' the fabrics!! Look at how well you've got all of it working together!! LOVE THIS!! OK--is this going to be another win for you at CC3 #19?!! ;) :) XOXO-Shari

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  14. Oh my goodness, is this cover ever gorgeous! I love the added ephemera and Idea-ology. It all comes together so nicely and not over-done. I'm so glad you provided the link to take a peek at the inside pages. My jaw dropped over every single page Brenda made for you. Your'e one lucky duck. I know you will treasure this forever.

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  15. My Dear Anne, this looks wonderful. Love the fabric and the colours. Hugs Rita xxx

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  16. Lovely book, the fabric is beautiful Anne and love how you have done your stitching panels x

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  17. I love what you've done with the place, Annie!! Now I have to ask, with the word chocolate front and center like that, do you find when you reach for your beautiful book of tags that you also want to reach for a piece of chocolate?! Don't tell me if you don't, because then I'll just be jealous that you have will power and I do NOT! Seriously, it is really awesome fabric and I love it, love the stitching and the fraying, and love the awesome doodads (ephemera)!! I knew how much you would value this gift and cherish it forever when you received it from Brenda and now you have made it even more of a treasure!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  18. Hi Anne, I read Brenda's post on how she created this stunning book. It was such a labor of love and you've honored it well with this fabric cover! It's the perfect finishing touch!

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  19. Very pretty!
    And congrats on the win!!

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  20. What a wonderful cover you created for your lovely book Anne! The stitches look great - love all the details and that super frayed edge! Big congrats on your win too!!!

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  21. I love the cover you have created Anne - just fabulous! And congratulations on a fabulous win! Jennie x

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  22. Anne this is a wonderful transformation of the cover! Congrats on your well deserved win! Chrisx

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  23. You certainly changed the personality of your book cover - really perfect for TH tags. Your style full of your creations all in a gift from Brenda. Now that is c what I call a keepsake!
    Congratulations for getting so much done at this time of year and winning a challenge too!
    Sandy xx

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  24. A new technique, you are so brave to try these and you are always so successful with the projects too. I love the fabric and frayed edges, so impressive. This is a thoughtful book for your tags, she is so sweet to do tis for you. I hope you do some more these are so beautiful!
    Hugs Kelly

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  25. This is so classy! A wonderful transformation of the cover. Happy to be your new follower!

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  26. Gorgeous take on the challenge hun ... Thanks for joining in with the CC3C x

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  27. Anne...I absolutely love your album cover! This is amazing and your stitching is fabulous! What a great take on the Frayed Fabric Challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at CC3c!

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  28. What a lovely gift to receive and you have certainly done the cover beautifully.
    Toni xx

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  29. This is superb Anne! I love all the different textures. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project. :)

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  30. Hi Anne, the cover really finishes the journal off lovely. The stitching gives the whole thing real character, 10/10. Happy crafting, Angela xxx

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  31. Well I've missed several and not sure I'll make this one either....sadly, as I love fabric, but this is a perfect addition for the cover, beautiful use of the fabrics and just enough embellies, Just lovely and gorgeous and well yes I love it Anne! Ruth xx

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  32. Hi Anne this is totally fabulous have a wonderful weekend huggles Sue xx

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  33. Wow! What an amazing way to do the TH technique! I think the wonky sewing does add character to this piece (I can't see a stitch at all) so I never would have known it wasn't intentional. Hehe! Fabulous new cover to an already wonderful book! ~Niki

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  34. 1st: Congratulations on your wonderful win (no surprise to me, bet you won it hands down!) but it's lovely that your super work was recognized! (2) what a lovely & thoughtful gift you received from someone who knows just what you like. It was already very awesome, but with your craftiness on the cover, it just really excels. Your stitching did indeed add 'character' and texture, and I didn't think it was imperfection, just great design detail. Loved all the little bits & bobs of TH goodness you've added, and that closure piece really worked so well with all the other embellies. I can just guess your generous gifter was pleased to see what you did to her thoughtful gift. TFS & Hugs.

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  35. I love how you've used this beautiful fabric! Such a gorgeous project with so much character.
    Rebecca.
    x

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  36. I didn't notice the wonky stitches and anyway, as you rightly say, they only add to the character of the cover. All the TH elements also add character. I love what you have created and have no doubt that Brenda thoroughly approved.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  37. I'm quite sure Brenda approves Anne - it is a fantastic cover and the perfect opener for all your Tim tags. Beautifully made and decorated as alway. Nicola x

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  38. Your cover is so awesome ( I pinned it ), I love your details and the stitching is AWESOME... it adds to the "look" ... I love it !

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  39. Wow, that's fabulous! Love the mix of paper and fabric. Congrats on #17, too!

    If you need help with the light box email me - I might be able to help.

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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