This year I plan to decorate my mantel differently each month, in as seasonal a fashion as I can. The plan is to either make things or use what I already have at home as much as possible.
February of course means that Valentines Day springs to mind as a theme for decorating. A few weeks ago, I showed you this fabric and buttons, they were meant to be main part of my February mantel.
I had planned to make a heart decoration using buttons sewn to a piece of fabric and then displayed in a heart shaped picture mount that I had bought. It didn't work at all and looked totally wrong. So I undid what I had started to make and decided that I would just glue the buttons down on a piece of card and put that behind the mount instead.
Before I had chance to start that I saw this wonderful post from Chel and knew straight away what I had to do - copy her! I hope that you don't mind Chel. I have copied your idea, but to be clear everyone, it is Chel's idea!
I already had the fabric that I had tried to use to start with and I had an old embroidery hoop tucked away, and of course the buttons. So taking Chel's idea I started to make a freeform heart and then just kept adding more and more buttons until I had a shape that I was happy with. I noticed that there was a 3D effect forming so I kept adding more buttons to increase that and give it real dimension.
This is the work in progress.
I have a little bit of shopping the house to do and another couple of things to make and then at the weekend I will make the switch on the mantel from icy and cold January to the warm hearts of February! The first element is finished though. Here it is - a button heart!
You can see what I mean about the dimension here. The back was finished by cutting the fabric in a circle just over an inch larger than the hoop and then I did a running stitch around the edge and pulled the thread fairly, but not too, tight to gather it together. If I was planning to display this for longer I would then add a backing on to that.
I am so pleased with the way this turned out. It is much better than my first attempt and just what I wanted - all thanks to you Chel!
Before I end, a last chance for a look at January...
P.S. Could I have made that any clearer, Chel's idea, not mine!