Friday, February 19, 2010

The Story of the Traveling Pages

The Story of the Traveling Pages is the name of a blog that I belong to that is dedicated to a fabric page swap hosted by Stitching Fingers.You may have noticed the badge for this blog in my side bar and if you would like to see what everyone involved in this project is doing , click here.

There are 14 of us participating and we each create an arch shaped fabric page for another member each month. My chosen theme is Windows and this is my first page , created by Cobi from the Netherlands. the details are wonderful and it is very obvious to me that Cobi tokk some time to get to know me before she created this piece fo textile art. The flowers and the Blue bird with nest all speak of some of my very favorite things!! It is a wonderful start to this adventure. Below you will see some close up shots so you can enjoy some of the details!
THese last two shots give you some idea of Cobi's wonderful stitching skills. Just look at the wonderful embroidered leaves. Theya re so tiny and so very perfect!!!! Such a treasure!!!

You may remember the first page that I created for this group, the Door page. You can refresh your memory here if you would like.
Here is my second page for Debi from Washington state. Debi's theme is Shabby Chic or All White. I decided to go with All White as I love stitching in white with vintage materials. I know that this is a contradiction to what I have been creating lately! I have always loved working in shades of white and I find it very soothing and restful. Here is my page for Debi.

I spent the first weekend of the Winter Olympics working on this piece and I ahd such a grand time with it that I ahve decided to launch two more projects with this feel and color scheme. Or should I say "absence of color" scheme!!

Every stitch of this piece was done by hand with all vintage materials. One can use even the tiniest bits of lace and fabric when creating a collage like this.

I used a scrap of silk scarf that I found at a Thrift shop to create the puffed heart, that I then beaded with little pearl beads. I used several mother of pearl buttons and some glass beads and a few fresh water pearls. I also used some wonderful tatting and a portion of elegant leaf and flower trim in the top portion. A right click on the photos will give you a closer look.!

My next page will be based on the theme All Creatures Great and Small- I am leaning towards using a photo of a Praying Mantis that I took last year, in the garden. Perhaps I am yearning for Spring!! Just Maybe!!!!!


Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Oh wow you have been having fun! Your pieces are absolutely divine. Such detail! Don't you love working with vintage bits and goodies? I just love knowing that they are "old" and special and not something currently mass-produced.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the Olympics!

Take care,

Vicki W said...

What a great project. This vintage white piece is absolutely stunning. You are all going to have an incredible collection of artwork when this is done!

Jacky said...

Beautiful, beautiful pages Elizabeth...what a wonderful fabric book you will have at the end of this swap. The stitching detail on your gate page is amazing.
LOVE the white page you have created - all those vintage bits make it look so special.

Jacky xox

Julie said...

What beautiful pages and your own white themed page is wonderful. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Plays with Needles said...

Elizabeth -- your page is absolutely delightful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the puffy heart -- it was a great use of texture on an all white piece...the piece would have been pretty without it...but with it it is Wow!

marianne said...

What an exciting project to be part of! I would love to join but I have to be truthful and say I could not make the time at this point in my life. Knowing how quickly things change though I imagine some day I will be able to share such a wonderful experience! Your work is absolutely exquisite! xoxo, mm-k

Createology said...

Your "absence of color" work is beautiful. What a labor of love. Keep creating...

Debrina said...

Oh what incredible work, Elizabeth! The detailing is just amazing. Lots of time and patience, I bet! Love vintage, so this was such a pleasure to view!

Marilyn Rock said...

The details! Just breathtaking Elizabeth! WOWSA! xxoo

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love this exchange and the lovely arches that everyone is producing. Your piece with the white lace and beads is exquisite! I also enjoyed your flea-market post about the treasures you found. And I know you will use them to create something wonderful!

gaylenona said...

Your vintage white page is wonderful. So feminine and romantic looking. I'm looking forward to seeing my "critter" page next month.


Lovely birdies


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