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Friday 21 November 2014

Welcome Angela as our guest

It’s fabulous to welcome Angela as our guest designer this week after she won the ‘Heavy Metal’ challenge a few weeks ago, you may remember that incredible metal hand she produced. Angela resides at ‘Felix the Crafty Cat’ and there's always something different and exiting to see there. She started blogging last year and loves to share her experiments and techniques with everyone, so please pop over to share some love. Thanks for sharing your sewing project with us this week Angels – over to you.
Hi everyone! My name is Angela Radford and I live in Lincolnshire UK with my husband and our two Schnauzers, Maisie and Stanley.
I have been crafting in some form or another for what seems like forever and was lucky enough to spend my working life teaching Textiles and Art.
I must have tried just about every craft going over the years and now work mostly with mixed media. I still cannot resist trying out new techniques and testing new medium that becomes
I enjoy many different styles but my favourites are Steampunk, Gothic and Vintage which is why I love anything Tim Holtz.

When the team from A Vintage Journey asked me to be a Guest Creative Guide, I was so excited especially when they said that the theme would be "All Sewn Up", how could an ex textiles teacher say no to that lol! So I hope you will enjoy what I've made.
I have been wanting for sometime to make something using the Tim Holtz fabrics and had some just waiting.
I had one of the design rolls to start the project off. It was obviously perfect for patchwork though at the time I had no idea where this would take me.
So I started by creating a small banner with a patchwork effect around the edge and gradually the whole thing came to life.
It began here:
After making this section I decided it needed a background to sit on and took one of the Tim Holtz masks to sponge through.
I did this fairly randomly to give a shabby chic effect and this was what it looked like at this stage.
I used a cotton calico for this effect but it is very absorbent so it is a good idea to seal the fabric with Gesso which means you use less paint.
The fabric on the left is before application and the one on the right is after.
Sorry about the jar, as you can see it gets plenty of use lol!
I then turned to what would be the top of the banner. I used another of Tim's fabrics and the "Sewing Room" die (perfect) which was cut in calico, felt and wadding, these would be layered together.
Next it was time to start putting the whole thing together with the addition of some text from "Word Play Alphabet" die and some extra embellishments in the form of gadget gears and the weathered clock cut in felt.
With a few bits and pieces and quite a lot of hand and machine sewing and what do you know, It's "All Sewn Up".
In case you were wondering how I finished the top to thread the cord through, here it is...
An old cardboard tube Lol! but it gives the top a lovely shape.
And here is the finished piece again.
Hope you liked it.
Happy crafting,
Angela x
Wow, this is a beautiful pennant and a great way to combine some sewing with some mixed-media techniques. Thanks Angela for taking the time to create a fabulous and unique project and show us your process steps.


Now it’s time to share the winner and pinworthies from the ‘Bountiful Harvest’ challenge and it’s the lovely S@ndy who had the hard task of choosing from all the fabulous projects that were entered.

With such wonderful entries, the team had a very difficult job choosing only one winner.  This challenge was truly a Bountiful Harvest of wonderful creations. 
Thanks to everyone who travelled along with us on this leg of our artistic journey.
It is great fun seeing how you interrupt each curve of the path and come out at a  destination that is uniquely you.  

Winner - #10  Sara at Sarascloset
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Sara your voucher and badge will be on it’s way soon and your project will be pinned to our winners board. Thank you for sharing such an original and unique project with us.

Pinworthies -
#13 Jane at Jane’s Journal
#18  Ruth at lerusho
#20 Lys at Impression Scrap
All these amazing creations will be added to our Pinworthies board and badges will be on their way to you too.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to share in our Tim focussed challenges, we hope you are up for designing and making something for our current theme – ‘All Sewn Up’. WE hope to see you there.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs Brenda, S@ndy and the team. xxx


  1. Congratulations to Sara for this marvellous creation! Thanks the DT for the pinworthy mention: I always love being part of this beautiful journey here. Congratulations to Jane and Ruth too!

  2. A wonderful pennant, so unusual. I am thrilled to be mentioned as a Pinworthy today.....I really loved making my thankful card and I am so thankful for all the inspiration your wonderful team and blog gives me. My vintage journey really is taking me to places I never realised and I am loving it. Many congrats to Sara and to Ruth and Lys too. I am proud to be up there with them. I'm now off to work with a smile on my face, hugs xx

  3. Wonderful sewing and mixed media project Angela

    Congratulations to Sara and the Pinworthies

    Jools x

  4. Thank you ladies, pleased you liked it and well done to all the Pinworthies!
    Many thanks to the team too, we are all lucky to have such a great challenge blog.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  5. Many congratulation to Sara, Jane, Lys and Ruth. Thank you Angela for a wonderful project today. Nikki

  6. What a wonderful sewing theme banner Angela - love the guilt look of the border - congrats on being the guest DT! And a big 'well done' to the winners posted here as well - so much lovely inspiration for us!

  7. Congratulations to the winners and what a fabulous sewing banner from Angela! x

  8. Big congrats to all the winners, so well deserved ladies! Stunning work from Angela, wow, that banner is fantastic!! How I wished I could sew.....

  9. Gorgeous creation Angela....lots of beautiful details. Thank you for sharing with us at AVJ.
    Huge congrats to the challenge winner and pinworthies too
    Hugs Annie x

  10. Wow Angela, loving your beautiful pennant, so perfect for our challenge theme too! Many congratulations to Sara on her win and to Jane, Ruth and Lys for being our latest Pinworthies. Anne xx

  11. A warm welcome to Angela as our Guest Creative Guide. Love your Pennant, a beautiful mix of fabrics offset with a bright shade of green. Stunning.
    A huge congrats to our latest challenge winner and Pinworthies.
    Julie x

  12. What a fabulous banner Angela! I love all those wonderful details and textures and what an ingenious way for creating the top! Must remember that one!

    Congratulations to Sara and the pin worthies - all so well deserved x

  13. What a beautiful banner, Angela! What a fabulous composition and use of that stencil! Love it! Great Guest Creative Guide spot with your background in textiles! Thank you to all of the Creative Guides for selecting my project for the winner! I'm so excited and truly honored.I have to say this is one of my favorite projects I have done, so it is very special to have won at A Vintage Journey, too!

  14. Oh, My Word! I was so excited that I forgot to mention how much I loved the Pinworthies; Congratulations Jane, Ruth and Lys! Your projects are so deserving!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful project with us Angela. Love the whole patchwork look and what a clever idea to use the tube at the top to hold the shape of this banner. Huge congratulations to our winner Sara and our Pinworthies. We were spoiled for choice again when looking at all the entries. Jenny x