Tuesday, 7 December 2010

GC79: Random Redhead Challenge - Stitching































































































Although I used to love sewing,nowadays I find it more and more difficult because little things get in the way, like not being able to thread the needle any more! But I was determined to try the GC79 Stitching Challenge. I cut a large TH tag from some embossed paper, which I distressed with Victorian Velvet and Faded Jeans. The ribbon on the left side has been stuck on – OK, I cheated there, but it was sticky ribbon! *Live* has been cut with a large Sizzix die and the edges distressed with Faded Jeans again. Then I sewed it on with the sewing machine – it took ten minutes to get the silly needle threaded! – using a zig-zag stitch in dark blue. The lace flowers – which used to adorn an unmentionable piece of clothing! – have also been sewn on with the same stitch and additionally fixed with brads in a purple-blue tone. I added a medallion in blue to the bottom of the tag, and sewed a hanger on with pale blue ribbon – by hand!! Was fun to make, in spite of the little difficulties, but the problems in life are there to be overcome.
And as I looked at *Gingersnaps* this morning, I saw that I had been chosen again to be a *Ginger Gem* for my entry in the *sewing notions* challenge - woohoo!! Thanks a lot to the team for the great inspiration!

21 comments:

  1. This is sew beautiful! I still have the dresses you sewed for Rose when she was a baby! Have a nice week, Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Worth the struggle with threading the needle hun. You have done a fab job!

    Love Dawn xx

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  3. woo hoo Valerie congratulations, brill work my friend. This sewing one is totally gorgeous, I love it. Annette x

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  4. Sehr schöne Arbeit, gut gemacht! Sandi

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  5. Your time was well worth your while, this is a beauty.

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  6. lovely tag val, great sewing and colours...

    CONGRATS for winning again. well deserved...

    maria x

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  7. Congrats on being a Ginger Gem. This is another gorgeous piece from you for the current Gingersnap Creations challenge. And I love your blog background too. Helene (GC Ginger) aka 2amscrapper

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  8. Thanks so much for the kind comments, they are very much appreciated!

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  9. Hi Valerie, Congratulations on being a Ginger Gem, well deserved too. I'm glad you persevered beyond the difficulties with the sewing because this is really gorgeous, as always a pleasure to look at. The flowers do look so good, just right for the project. You'd never guess you weren't sewing all the time, the stitching looks great. CoB

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  10. Gorgeous tag - love the blues, and what a great idea to stitch the letters!! Congrats on the Ginger Gem, and thanks again for playing along at another Gingersnap challenge!

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  11. what a gorgeous piece! Love the lace! :)

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  12. Gorgeous tag! Thanks for joining us in the Gingersnap Creations Stitching Challenge!

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  13. Thanks for the nice words, ladies!

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  14. oh Valerie-Jael: such a beautful piece for the stitching challenge! congrats on being a ginger gem! xo

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  15. I love your beautiful, monochromatic, texture-rich tag! Congrats on being chosen as a Ginger Gem!

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