January 20, 2013

January Thaw

I'm thinking BEACH and SUN and SURF this week as we prepare to take off for Key West, Florida so my project this week reflects that.  The photo is taken from my last beach experience in Costa Rica.

Just for fun, I used a Lesley Riley TAP paper* transfer to put it on fabric and stretched it over a canvas frame. Okay, but the fringing proved very difficult to get straight. AND my photo has shadows from the window frame!! Natural light is good but hard to control.

The latest project was much more successful. In the beachy mood I selected some of the GRAPHICS FAIRY's super images plus one from an Graphique (an Etsy shop) and stitched up a whole set of pillows to grace a beach house or any house you want to fell beachy.

I got a little more ambitious and added cording on the square and the rectangular ones. Mom had always taught me to cut the cording fabric on the bias but I found that it works as well or even better cut on grain and it doesn't eat up so much fabric when cutting. Just be sure when you are attaching two pieces for more length that you attach them on an angle. When it is folded over the cord the seam will not be a big lump.

If you look for this image and the shell on Graphics Fairy you will not see them in this beautiful turquoise. I altered the image using befunky. Use the Duotone function and you can change any two color image to any other two color image. It's great fun and somewhat addictive.
Well, I will not be posting here next week but if you want to see some real sun and sea stop over at my travel blog after Sunday and see some photos and adventurous accounts.
If you are really into travel and geography I also post to Panoramio where the pics are selected for GoogleEarth. See my stuff here.
Check out my Etsy shop if you want to purchase these or check out my other items.

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