Many times I've written on this blog about the wonderful women I've met through blogging.
Generous, talented, caring women.
and here. I first "met" Michelle through her Etsy store Wood and Fabric . (please take some time to go and visit her store and blog)
For a long time I
nagged encouraged her about starting a blog and she finally did.
Now you can see all of the inspiring things she creates right here.
We have both participated in several of Linda Smith's, A Swap For All Seasons
seasonal swaps (gee, that's kind of a tongue twister isn't it?) and for the most recent swap...A Fabric Collage...we were paired! I wasn't sure I was up for the challenge of this swap because I've
not done any sewing for many, many years and I didn't know where to start but Michelle
encouraged me to jump in and give it a try. Last week I received my 5X7-inch fabric collage
from Michelle. As of this post she has not received mine (she lives in Quebec) so I won't
show the pictures of the one I made but I couldn't wait any longer to show you
the one I received from Michelle. Please prepare to be overwhelmed!!
I really laughed when I pulled the package and card out of the envelope (an envelope made by the way, from a cereal box...very sturdy!) The carefully wrapped tissue was sealed with 2 postage stamps which is a trademark of Michelle's...she uses stamps on almost all of her art. And look at the baby on this card....I'm sure it's someone Michelle knows...what a cherub!
On to the collage....
A stamped and sewn fabric collage of extraordinary beauty!
My photographs could never do justice to the details of this piece.
Every little detail is perfectly perfect. Can you see the word kindred spirits right above the pin?
The tiny little chatelaine scissors sweetly tied with a button and attached to a small
cloth bag with a token inside that says joy.
A thin glass vial with the tiniest of pearls inside and a coin attached.
A cloth tape measure sewn around the printed image of a little girl.
The famous postage stamp.
And the back of the collage....
It's a pocket! Edged in lace and fastened with 3 vintage buttons, it opened to reveal...
a cloth wrapped packet of vintage ephemera!!!
It took me a very long time to open and carefully examine every little
detail of all that Michelle sent.....I love this collage and it will
hang in my craft studio as a reminder of a treasured friendship.
Thank you Michelle, for another piece of your amazing art!