The beginning of my shadowbox. All the edges were cut with my pinking rotary cutter so I don’t have to finish edges but I’m not quite sure how I’m going to get all these pieces attached to something so I can then add the buttons and embroidery and whatever else comes to mind. I’m doing the beginning of each word in buttons and then hand-embroidering the rest of the word in script. Anyone have any ideas for how I can get all those little scraps exactly where I want them? I’m thinking I’ll sew some detail stitching on each piece individually and then sew them onto hand baste them onto a back piece so I can do the embroidery and then I’ll glue the whole thing to the board for the shadow box. Or, I could take the backing fabric piece and machine sew each piece into place and then do the embroidery, buttons and glue it all to the board. I’ll have to think about it more before I try anything.
I’ve got a craft-hard-on for buttons right now. I haven’t actually started making anything yet, but I’ve been finding a ton of buttons at thrift stores. I’ve also saved the extra buttons from clothes since high school. That’s 20 years of buttons. My husband has started making snide remarks about whether I am actually going to make anything out of all these buttons that I keep geeking over. I’ve pinned a ton of projects for inspiration. The first project will be a shadow box that I got for $2 at Goodwill. I’m planning on making a “Don’t Worry, Sew Happy” collage. I’ll post it when I finish.
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If you are ever in the Northern Colorado area, check out all the antique stores in Ault. We have several on the main drag and they are all owned by friendly people. If you are coming from Fort Collins, just head East on Mulberry, which turns into Highway 14. It’s about a 15 minute drive. If you are coming from Greeley, just head North on Highway 85. Turn left at the light. It’s about a 20 minute drive.
I also like Alley Arts and Antiques in Eaton. Eaton is 3 miles South of Ault on Highway 85.