Monday, October 6, 2008

Scrapbooking, Then and Now - Fabric Arts Inspiration

I like the excitement of learning new crafts, I've dabbled in knitting, crochet, beading, patchwork and applique, stuffed toys, tole painting, paper tole, clay, ...
The downside: While packing, I found lots of old crafting projects, some incomplete. Those "someday I'll finish this up"s. You have those around?

Scrapbooking allows me to experiment with and integrate techniques from various other art and craft forms. Especially if I can use up those yarn and beads and paints.

Let's see what I did with fabric arts in those oldie layouts.

Embroidery floss or yarn were stitched onto paper to form letters.
Gosh, this layout is from 7 years ago! Big One was Only One with Big Hair -- she better not see this post!

I admire quilting, from afar, but it seems too fiddly to attempt using fabric. Here, matching papers were pieced together to form quilt patterns, mimicking the amazing quilts in each of the bedrooms at this B&B in Arthur, IL we stayed in during our 2003 road trip.
Today, scrapbook manufacturers have included fabric, ribbons, lace and pins (love this review of what's out there) to match their lines of paper-based products.

Not only fabric arts, but beading, clay, wax, metals ... I'll have some of these in future posts.

I wonder which industry will be the next tie-up partner with scrapbooking. Any guesses?

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