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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shabby Patchwork Heirloom Heart

I have had a lot of time on my hands of late and although I haven't been as creative as I could have been, I managed to make this little heart.  I had been going through some old Australian patchwork magazines and came across an applique heart pattern which I thought I could use.  I amended it slightly and made various shapes for the patchwork, then assembled bits of fabric, silk sari ribbon, old lace and printed or stamped canvas for the body of the heart and assembled some of my absolute favourite buttons and embellishments as I wanted this to be the kind of thing I would buy for me.


It was very fiddly and sometimes I wished I hadn't decided to make something so intense but continued on.

It was quite tricky in some places as I decided to use hessian for the backing and it was quite tough to sew but eventually got there through trial and error as some of the patchwork pieces didn't fit quite right.

Well here is the finished result and I love it - I will hang it onto one of my rustic door handles.  Hope you like it.

17 comments:

Martina2801 said...

Wow - this is very impressive.
Stunning work!!!!

Jan said...

The 'hessian' is quite like burlap isn't it? And I ADORE your heart...the colors of my kitchen and bedroom! Very nice Barbara and just a small enough project to tackle now.
Sending you my best (as always).
Hugs
Jan

ShabbyChicShaz said...

So, so pretty, what a lovely heart :)

Robin said...

This is just adorable!!

Hugs,
Robin

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Your heart is very beautiful Barbara. Love all the details.
xo Tina

Rhonda said...

Your patchwork heart is gorgeous. I don't think people know how much work these hearts are. You did a fabulous job.

Claire said...

wow! it's gorgeous!!

Carolyn Phillips said...

That was well worth the effort, it is gorgeous.

Linda said...

Definitely worth all your hard work ...its delightful.
XX

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Indeed - this is exquisite and how nice to be making something for YOU!
I haven't come across sari ribbon - can you explain please? I presume you've used it as the hanging loop??? Where do you find it?
I love the special buttons and bits of lace!
It's beautiful and very 'Vintage Bunty'!!

hugs
Shane

Trishia said...

I have a 'thang' about red, so this really catches my eye. You show that sticking to a project pays off. Awesome results! I have a door hangers that says "I'd rather be in paris." I should doll it up some like yours:)

Pallas said...

Your hearts are soooo pretty.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

The heart is very beautiful and was worth the effort, dear Barbara! It must look wonderful hanging on your door.
Hugs to you,
Julia

Yitte said...

Your heart is gorgeous. Love all the details and color.

Laurie said...

I love it. A real labor of love!

gail said...

Wow! I love this piece. It may have been fiddly but you created a little piece of beauty! I love the pops of red!
hugs
Gail

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

I just found your blog. So glad I did, this heart is just beautiful. I am still browsing and loving all I see.
Hugs, Jackie