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Floral Embellie from an old silk scarf!

Wahoo! Time for a new tip to add to your idea collection! It’s a day late, but that’s OK… I KNEW Friday was a special day! Now I know why! It’s really Thursday… right? LOL… Pretend you went back in time to Thursday. Away we go!!

This flower is a silk flower cut from a scarf I purchased at Frenchy’s, just for scrappin’!! (Frenchy’s is our famous second-hand store… it’s a chain!) I paid 35 cents for this scarf, and it is COVERED with flowers! HAPPY DANCE!

Here’s how I created this embellie in “10 Simple Steps!”

1. Find an old “silky” or silk scarf that you no longer wear.

2. Choose the portion of design you’d like to have on your page. Here I used a flower, and will refer to it as such thru this little “how-to…”

3. Carefully cut out the flower, leaving some border around it (this gives you some leeway in case the scissors slip… we are only human after all!)

4. Then, lay flower on top of some waxed paper (Yup, the stuff from the kitchen.)

5. Mod-podge well, using a paintbrush. Flower is flat at this point. (BTW, I use glossy Podge.)

6. Allow to dry COMPLETELY. You will note that the flower is sealed to the wax paper as the flower was/is somewhat porous. (It’s supposed to end up like that.)

7. Carefully cut out flower which is sealed to the wax paper.

8. Add a couple of Scotch foam adhesive squares or a big flat button under flower to give dimension. I prefer the button.

9. [Optional Step] Glue flower atop a medallion of fabric or patterned paper. The fabric medallion here was cut from a cloth table napkin with all those COOL circles on it! **GRIN**

10. You can then curve or bend the flower’s petals a wee bit for your final “look,” and even add some leaves using the same technique!

Here’s a really simple LO of my daughter’s 12th birthday party… the flower was so much fun to add… the colours really popped.

Thanks for checking out our “TTT” feature today. If you make an embellie using this technique, please pop by and share it with us. Friendliest community on the ‘net…and we’d love to see what YOU have created!


Comments on: "Technique Tidbit Thursday!" (2)

  1. It would be better to carefully iron your material onto fusible interfacing, then when you cut it out you have no raveling and a ready to go embellishment. It will save you several steps and you can do the ironing part over large parts of your material and cut as needed. I have used this technique on cards for several years. Just iron or glue on the piece I want!

  2. Hi Cindi,

    Thanks for your comments. I have never had any probs with “ravelling” using this little technique…

    I’ve never seen fabric ironed “onto” fusible interfacing… did you mean to iron the fusible interfacing **onto** the fabric? Also, the fabric was silk… so heat sensitive… my experience has been that for interfacing to fuse, it needs to be at a fairly high temp and I would get a poor response from silk in that instance.

    Another aspect of this is that fusibles can be fairly pricey. I only wanted one small portion of the pattern, so chose to use the method I described. Worked like charm! :O) ~ Ali

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