Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Happy March! I really do think that the first two months of 2017 have gone ridiculously fast! Don’t you agree? The silver lining is that at least it will be Spring soon and hopefully we will get a little bit more sunshine. I think that’s where my creative imagination led this week.
Holidays in the sunshine, walking along the beach with sand beneath my toes and the sound of waves crashing against the shore…strolling around the harbour of a little seaside town, hearing seagulls and feeling the salty breeze on my cheeks…ahhh…bliss!
Maybe I just need a holiday after all of this house packing ready for the big move!?
Waaaaaay back in my Create 28 Blog Challenge, I created some of my favourite doses of crafty goodness to date – fabric collages! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my little sneak peek a few weeks ago when I started to gather together supplies and play around with fabric colours and sew little buttons to them. Both of my fabric collages had sold out by January this year and I was a little sad to see the last one fly its way across oceans to Southern Australia, at the same time as being safe in the knowledge that it was going to a beach-loving home in the sunshine.
What an adventure that little fabric collage went on!
I also felt a little sad that all that remained in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop of my fabric collages were my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Prints until I had the time to create the final ‘Driftwood’ collage into a print to join it. When I was organising my
life blog challenge (sometimes it feels like the same thing!) I planned out all of my potential crafty items that would eventually be made and launched with a sprinkle of glitter and a poof of magic into my online shop.
I had tentatively pencilled in fabric collages and got even more concerned about getting the list completed before June when we finally sold our house and a move was on the horizon! Hooray for moving!
So I pulled up my little maker socks, grabbed my crafty tools and got to work making and photographing and editing to try to get ahead of myself a bit to cover the move.
I made time for the important things and fabric collages were top of the list! Boy am I glad I did as I think these might be my new favourites! (Don’t tell the other ones though!)
So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages…
This fabric ‘Beach Huts by the Sea’ collage is handmade with tiny slithers of different fabric built up in layers of soft textile goodness to form a seaside scene in a unique way.
Each small treasure of fabric was lovingly hand-picked and cut to size to create a layered collage effect that gives a gorgeous tactile and dimensional piece of original art for your walls. This warm, happy seaside scene is sure to brighten up a rainy, grey day or add a touch of summer to your home, whatever the season.
Maybe you could hang it in your living room for memories of holidays by the beach or maybe in your bedroom to fall asleep dreaming of the ocean?
The lower part of the collage contains fabric rocks build up in darker fabrics of different textures – can you spot a fossil or two? This leads your eye up to the warm beige and creams that merge together with oatmeal and sandy colours to create a wonderfully textured sandy surface of the beach. These colours merge with white foam on the oceans edge and then into the deep blues, subtle greens and rich turquoisey teal tones of the sea.
Shimmery slices of fabric capture the light on the surface and subtle specks of glittery thread catch your eye as you move in front of the piece.
The soft build-up of colours are deliberately chosen to create a dreamy fusion of shades that embellish each part of the collage. The sky is created in the same way with the swirling cloud and movement in the sky complimented by slithers of wispy woven cotton clouds, denim blue sea breezes and sea foam highlights. Two sets of three little white buttons are carefully chosen and hand-sewn into the sky of the fabric collage creating little clusters of clouds furthering the dimensional appearance of the collage.
A mossy green hill full of thick woven fabrics add texture and depth to the collage and look just like little fields of bushy crops and long grasses that flow down towards a softer suede effect lawns before reaching the beautiful beach huts all in a row.
The beach huts are such an iconic part of the seaside for me and I just had to add them to this fun beach scene.
Next up is the final fabric collage for now, a fabric ‘Seaside Harbour’ collage.
Maybe you could hang it in your dining room for memories of fresh seafood on holidays by the sea or maybe in your bathroom to lie back and dream of taking one of those boats out on to the ocean?
The deep inky blue water naturally waves across the bottom of the fabric collage in deep denim blues, woven shades of sapphire and shimmering teal tones as the light hits the water as floral waves crest in the breeze, rocking the boats gently in the harbour. Lacy yarn has been stretched across the fabric just like the boats fishing nets and little fluffy pom poms sit atop them, bobby on the surface adding an extra dimension to the wall art.
Three brightly coloured boats sit in the water waiting for their next adventure into the wide ocean. Small pieces of tonal fabric were added to the boats to create a weather worn effect of peeling paint. Striped fabric creates a seaweed covered harbour wall that protects the Parisian style buildings that surround the harbour.
Each building has its own floral colours made from tiny seed beads that sit pretty in window boxes and a rose reaches over the porch of the centre one giving it a real ‘English country garden’ feel. Little windows have been carefully illustrated and have been surrounded by thick woven, sandy coloured fabric of the little harbour-side apartments. Hills and fields are built up using deep green moss looking fabric and soft faux suede creating grassy meadows and lawns.
You can imagine a little fabric tractor ploughing the rows and rows of cotton crops!
The sky reflects the water beautifully with its light and wispy fabric swirls and waves giving it depth and sumptuous texture. Three little white buttons are hand sewn onto the piece in a cluster to form the only cloud in the blue summer sky.
These fabric collages create a sense of calm and whimsy in quaint little seaside harbours and on sandy seaside beaches that are sure to make you dream of holidays in the sun or even just living a slower paced life for a short while.
Both of the seaside fabric collages are approx. 14 x 19 cm and are mounted into a light wooden frame with a white edge 22 x 27 cm. The glass is taken out of the frames so that the collages texture and dimension is kept. The frames have the option of a free-standing arm or a metal hanging hoop when you come to display them. An Eliston Button ‘button’ logo is hand-stamped and signed onto the back of the frames.
Each of my fabric collages are totally unique and due to the hand-cut slithers of fabric and the different textures used, no two will ever be the same. A lot of time and love goes into each piece. Fabrics are carefully selected for their colour, structure, texture and weave to ensure a beautifully tactile and visual feast that allows your imagination to take you off to a faraway place for a while.
I always find that the more you look into each piece, the more you see…maybe fossils in the rocks, little fish in the water or a trail from an aeroplane jetting away to a faraway city or tropical island!
As always, everything in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop is Ready to Ship but if you would prefer a different colour palette or scene (Maybe somewhere that is special to you?) please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat about your ideas or with a custom order – How exciting!
If you are new to Eliston Button, you may not know that all of my handmade products are shipped out to you carefully wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon tied in a bow before being lovingly placed into protective packaging, making them perfect for gifts for yourself or for your family and friends!
Which fabric collage is your favourite? Do they make you think of somewhere you have been? Where would you hang a collage as part of your home decor? I would love to hear all about it!
As I mentioned in my Create 30 – Let’s Do This! Blog post, I will be listing each Create 30 make into my shop for purchase as I go along. You can now find this little dose of creativity in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop amongst the handmade goodness – I would love for you to grab a cup of tea and explore the crafty treasures!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!