Thursday, January 8

Frayed Fabric Challenge: CC3C

The new challenge at Compedium of Curiosities is Tim Holtz's frayed fabric techñique. In Volume 3, you can find this on page 66. To get some great inspiration for this technique, travel on over to the CC3C site here. Tim and Mario sponsor each challenge with great prize packages, and Inspiration Emporium is donating a $50 gift certificate for this challenge - Yay!! I decided to try this technique out for a couple of projects, and here are the four that I made.
I layered the fabric and sandwiched a piece of green inbetween to add some sturdiness. Played with different stitches, painted with acrylics, doodled with my white pen, added some distressed letters, and Voila!

I must be thinking Valentines? And with the third, thoughts of spring were in my mind as we headed to about 30 below! Brrrrr!
These three are headed to a 4x4 art exchange with the theme of sewing...I just decided to sew!

My final piece I created with the steampunk challenge "lucky 3" over at SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges here. My favorite number is three, and I always consider it my lucky number. I've echoed the three, 3x...the number, the word, and the three gears.
Oh, what the heck! The challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "make new friends but keep the old" is silver and the other's gold (song from my Girl Scout days), so I am going to enter these also. Old fabric, well, I've had it quite awhile and had not done anything with it, and new technique-painting the fabric with acrylics.

I must say, these challenges make me work with materials in new ways, and are a great incentive to dig into my stash and pull out those long hoarded items like the fabric. I am loving this creative journey!


  1. I couldn't agree with you more. These challenges really make you 'think'. Lovin' it too. Your patches are darling. Love all the layering you did. Very careative...Clareene...

  2. Hi Maura!!!! Happy New Year! These 4x4 fabric squares are so cool and artsy! LOVE all the stitching and patching and your embellies are too cool and FUN!!! These will be stolen fast! Thank you so much for joining in our first challenge of the year and stitching up a great project for CC3Challenge!!!

  3. Wow a very special idea to create steampunk on fabric and it looks very amazing. A great inspiration!
    Dear Greetings

  4. Jumped over here from SASteampunk Challenge. Love the work with the fabric. I don't see but have mad respect for anyone that does! ~Niki

  5. These are lovely, Maura!

    I can see the fun you had creating them! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at SASPC. And congrats on your prize win too! ;)

    Claudia x

  6. Very imaginative, a fabric steampunk ! All your suare are very beautiful.
    Thank you for your participation at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

  7. these are very grungey fab!! love them Maura, Happy 2015! Debi x

  8. Wow! I love what you created, I am drooling over these beauties. Thanks for joining in with the CC3C x

  9. This is my favorite post so far! Love these little art squares!!!! Great job Maura, you are so inspirational!
    Happy New Year!

  10. I am DROOLING over these (in a good way)! I absolutely adore the way you view the world and the whimsical unexpectedness that always shows up in your art pieces. What a great use of fabric here and some really out-of-the-box thinking in how you combined it with so many different elements. I am thoroughly inspired and can't wait to see what else that clever mind of yours comes up with in 2015! Thanks for sharing this with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  11. These are amazing!! Love the frayed edges, stitching and embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  12. Maura...your frayed fabric squares are beautiful. Love the machine stitching on the. That really adds such an artsy yet homespun feeling to them. I also love all of the eclectic elements you've added to each one to give it it's own personality. Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  13. What a lovely patchwork you've created! Sweet hearts and flowers set against Tim's fabric, so pretty!

  14. This is such a sweet patchwork. Great job with the Frayed Fabric Challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at CC3C!

  15. Wow, these are fab! I love the combination of the vintage feel with the brighter colours!
    Thank you for joining us at SASPC. :)


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