What do you do when you finally get a new pair of scissors? If you are me: repurpose the old ones!” You know how I nag about making home made gifts, decorating some old scissors and putting them in a frame is the perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the sewer or fiber artist in your life. What a special gift for her sewing room or studio.
I found this phrase, “She looked at the fabric and listened to the threads” and thought it would be the perfect theme for this 10 x 10 mixed media piece. After the scissors were glittered and painted, I cut some pretty paper to simulate fabric and got the coolest font at 1001 FONTS. The font appears to be embroidered words that are perfect to bring the theme home.
I couldn’t leave the collage alone without adding a glammed up tassel to balance the piece.
In the 1970’s and 80’s I was hooked on sewing. I made much of my wardrobe and after my daughter was born I always had fabric to sew up for her. The best thing I ever made was a Daisy Kingdom dress that had 14 yards of lace on the never ending ruffles.
Eventually I lost my love for sewing and switched to mixed media art. But I have a little secret I’d like to tell. I have spent untold hours at my old Kenmore sewing machine and if you were observing me sometimes you would hear me say “wow, thanks Lord!” to nobody you could see. I am serious. Every once in a while my sewing machine would jam for no good reason. At first I would make exasperated noises as I pulled the fabric from the machine, threads all over the place. But I started to notice the machine had only jammed when I had caught the sleeve in the seam or some mistake that would involve the thread ripper. Was it the Holy Spirit or my angel? I don’t know but it happened many, many times. “Thanks, Lord”! Just remembering that makes me smile.
Hope this mixed media inspires an idea you can use to repurpose something that usually gets tossed in the trash!