Monday, 23 January 2012

Valentine's Day Craft Swap

I know it's early and it's not Valentine's Day yet,
but I've already made my item for this swap
hosted by Amy on her blog
and as my swap partner
has now received it, I can show it here.

I intended at first to make a padded heart and cut two
heart shapes from an old embroidered table runner.

This picture is of the back.
For the front I collaged various pieces of old lace
doilies and cheesecloth over the top.

I rubber stamped 'Love' onto a cotton scrap
and machine stitched the whole lot together
in a haphazard fashion.

As I was stitching it together it occurred to me
that rather than just being a padded heart,
it would be more useful as a pocket -
so I left the top unstitched.
(There is a layer of thin wadding between the
top and backing fabrics to give it more of a lightly quilted feel)

For the hanger I plaited three strands of string together.

As it was a pocket now, it needed a little gift inside!

This is the gift - a little Metal Pendant.

I was pleased with how the heart pocket turned out
so I made one to keep for myself too!

....  but there's no Valentine gift in mine -
oh yes, it's too early yet isn't it!

My inspiration for making this heart came from
Lilla of Just Lilla
who makes the most beautiful things and shares a
tutorial for a lace collage on her blog
which I followed when making my hearts.
I was lucky enough to win one of Lilla's lace collages
in the form a little book last year.

Isn't it beautiful!
Thank you Lilla for the inspiration,
and thank you for looking :)


Deborah said...

Love your shabby chic, upcycled (or is it just recycled?) heart pocket. Cool idea!

PetraB said...

Oh, this is gorgeous and so delightful.

Jenny said...

Oh Sherry... your heart pocket is GORGEOUS... and so love the metal pendant that you tucked inside... am sure your swap partner was thrilled...

Jenny x

Lilla said...

I love it, very pretty, thanks for following me too
aloha lilla

Netty said...

Totally gorgeous and love the pendant you have enclosed. Your swopping partner will adore them. x

Mrs A. said...

Will you please stop making things so fast. I can't keep up with you. Next you'll be telling me you have made and finished our little swap!!!
This heart is gorgeous. Such a shame I wasn't your alloted partner. hugs Mrs A.

Jenxo said...

oh so beautiful Sherry, i ljust love lillas lace work too... cute little pendant too..

Createology said...

Hi Sherry: It is never too early for beautiful lace handcrafted hearts. Yours are divine. I too follow Miss Lilla and adore her lace items she creates. Happy Heart Hugs...

sassy said...

loving the shappy chic..superb hearts and the little book you won is also fab lucky you love my lace and these are just fab hugs sassy

Jan said...

Pretty, pretty little vintage heart/pocket and such a lovely idea to add a gift. Lilla is a great inspiration isn't she. xx

Meggymay said...

Wow, your pocket is absolutely gorgeous. I can understand why you wanted one for yourself.
Yvonne x

Ira said...

Fab swap! Don't you just love lace? The gift you've tucked inside is gorgeous!

PeggyR said...

I love what you did!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Oh Sherry...Your shabby lacy heart is divine!! Adore it!! x

Twinkle Star said...

So pretty! What a lovely swap gift to receive - I bet your partner loved it! x

Maureen said...

Love it Sherry, my kind of thing!!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

How lovely, Sherry! Everything you make is so pretty!

Jackie said...

They are gorgeous!

Elaine Akers said...

how wonderful your heart pocket turned out.

FeltByRae said...

I love it to bits and I am so glad you decided to make it in to a pocket... it has pride of place in my bedroom as a dried flower holder and the lace styling fits in with my 400 year old beamed flat perfecty :-)

Thank you so much for it

Amy said...

Oh it is gorgeous Sherry!

Thanks so much for taking part in the swap :)

Amy x