Friday, 21 March 2014

Sewing Box - The Friday Feature with Visible Image

The Sewing Box, but not as you know it!

When I was younger I remember my Great Grandmother having a rather beautiful sewing box with wooden cotton reels, a darning mushroom, little scissors with a swan as handles, and a lot of fancy buttons. I had wanted just such a box ever since I can remember. When I left home one of the first things I purchased was a sewing box but it never lived up to the sewing box I had admired as a child.

My project this week has a vintage feel to it and making it reminded me of so many wonderful things that I loved about my great grandmother, not just about her sewing box!

The set I used for this project was The Sewing Room. It is a lovely mix of stamps including buttons, a measuring tape, and the very trendy body form. I started with a box frame. You might be able to buy one the right size, or be canny enough to make your own, but my frame started life as the bottom of  a box of baklava which, by the way, were delicious! I then took a couple of pieces of very cheap brown paper and began stamping them randomly with the butterfly and rose stamps also by Visible Image. I used three shades of brown by Tim Holtz, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. You can just see a bit of the butterfly on the frame itself. 

It was then a case of tearing strips of the brown paper into manageable pieces and sticking them to the frame with some fairly runny PVA glue. This needed to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next stage. As luck would have it the tape measure was exactly the right size to fit on the frame! I stamped it several times onto the same thin brown paper and added it to the frame top and bottom. 

All the feature pieces were stamped onto a more robust brown card, I think I used the inside of a food box. Cereal  boxes are good as they tend to be a rustic brown inside. I used the same selection of brown inks to stamp the images  to give some variation in colour. 

I really enjoyed making this little project, I shall no doubt make another one soon, which will of course mean I will need to get another box of baklava!!

Don't forget there is the March challenge over on the Visible Image blog. The theme this month is Your Favourite Visible Image Stamp. Perhaps you fancy having a go? There is also the Facebook group where you can meet up with other Visible Image fans, hear about new products, get to see DT inspiration and upload your own projects. 

Right, I need to get a move on with some more inspirational projects for you! Hope you have enjoyed my offering today. Why not leave a comment to let me know what you think. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. 

Happy crafting! KimB


  1. This is so beautiful, love all the images and the colour is just right - fabulous.
    I also remember my grandma's sewing tin (nothing as posh as a box!)- and we spent many an hour playing with the buttons!!.

  2. Hi hun this is a fabulous piece of work - i m a sewer so it s right up my street and will be heading for you craft room - have a great day hugs x

  3. Beautiful project. I loved watching my Grandma quilt and admired her collection also.

  4. It reminds me of my Oma's sewing room. You do that for me you bring me back to my past as a little Girl. Kim your Art is amazing.Thanks for sharing.xx

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  8. Hi Kim, what a lovely story. A wonderful sewing box, a fabulous design and love the strips of paper.

    Hugs Erin x

  9. Fabulous work, love all the images and the vintage feel. I too remember my grandmother's sewing box full of amazing things I still have some of them including the darning mushroom.

    Sylv xx