Monday, 28 February 2011

So I delved into the gorgeous bag of bits and made a cream and red heart.

To make the hearts, I draw a heart shape onto an oblong piece of fabric, then lay out the layers I want to use on top. Pinning the heart back on top, I sew around this to secure most of the layers. I then embellish it, before attaching to another piece of fabric, using the 1st lot of stitching as a guideline - leaving about 1.5 inches gap down one side. Once it is sewed together, I then cut it out.

I loved making the flowers - they look a bit like poppies. I cut 3 different size circles of chiffon - 2 of each size and layered them smallest at the front, largest at the back. Catch them together
with one stitch in the middle. They don't have to be perfect circles. Using a craft heating tool, and working around the edge of the circle staring with the small one, melt the chiffon - taking care not to burn it.

Once they are all crisp and twisted, bead the centre. I used one on the heart, and I made these two into corsages. I can't believe melting chiffon is such fun!






25 comments:

Vintage Tea Time said...

I just love these hearts, Diane - I must have a go. I guess you 'sew' round the heart shape, not 'saw' ( ;)- had a picture of you with a big saw at your sewing table!) Have a good day! I'm just off to my first day working in the shop where I've just rented a space! Abby x

Susan T said...

What gorgeousness Diane. I must get into this crafty life, melting chiffon sounds such fun.

Tabiboo said...

They are beautiful - two of my most favourite colours as well.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day,

Nina xxx

Rosie said...

Wow, that's so clever and beautiful. I think my mother-in-law has a heat gun.......might have to have a go at that! x

Jill said...

Another pretty little heart Diane. I love the heat treated chiffon flower idea.
xxx

Rosie said...

Your hearts are lovely! You could make them for weddings and special anniversaries. Just right for bridal favours or for little bridesmaids to carry instead of flowers. Look forward to seeing more:)

Jo said...

I wouldn't have thought that the chiffon had been melted if you hadn't said. I think you have some lovely ideas.

bekimarie said...

Gorgeous colours!
I need to know more about this heating tool!

B xxx

Sandie's Patch said...

Understandably I think you are just a little bit hooked on these hearts!
Memo to self, must get a heat tool thingy!
Lovely heart, would be nice to give to a Bride!

Sandie xx

two bones and a bagle said...

You are a busy bee Diane the hearts are lovely. Love,love,love the red flowers I have tried to do this holding the fabric near a candle flame - did it work you ask? no is the reply I burnt it lol.

Rebecca said...

ahh, these hearts are all so lovely! I love the red and all the detail that goes in to making them. You are very talented! x

Deb said...

My daughter added one of these flowers to my Christmas gift this year...I wondered how they got the edges "melted" and curled up like that! Clever, and I've used my flower with at least three different jackets. Love it!

Country Girl said...

I've never seen that technique - very clever!

John Gray said...

diane
have you been cutting up your old knickers again?

Bee happy said...

Your heart is so cute, melting looks like a lot of fun and creates such a lovely effect.

Bee happy x

Janet said...

Take no notice of john -trust him !
neat trick with the hairdryer-love the corsages-they are lovely !

Jan said...

Those are SO pretty!! I never thought to work with chiffon in that way. Gorgeous!!!!
Jx

potterjotter said...

These hearts are just beautiful. Really lovely and evocative.

Lisa said...

Another beauty, you are a busy bee!
Lisa x

Lyn said...

oh this is my favourite so far that youu have made!
I really mys get my act together and make something!!!
love
Lyn
xxx
PS like the melting bit too!

Kathy said...

Oooh you're being very creative at the moment ... I love everything you've been showing us. I meanwhile haven't done a single nice crafty thing for ages! I need to sort myself out. I spend far too long in blogland!!xxx

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That heart is beautiful. Diane

jennyfreckles said...

Reminds me that my mum used to seal the ends of my nylon hair ribbons on the Aga hotplate. Without me attached of course!

Me said...

More beautiful things! I'm a little bit in love with these hearts!... x

The Curious Cat said...

Beautiful! I love those flowers! Never knew you could do that! They would make amazing broaches - you should do some more and sell them or pop them up as a competition prize! xxx