Monday, February 8, 2010

Lace Memory Heart

By Bluebonnet Village Craft Network
I found this cute pattern while looking for a unique idea for my next project. The pattern is free from Bluebonnett craft and fits with Valentines day next week. I may try this on future albums, right now my keepsakes are everywhere!


1 lace doily size of your choice
5 small silk rose buds color of your choice
Small amount of silk baby's breath
3 or more pearl loops
10" of satin ribbon for hanger white or color to match roses
A variety of keepsakes
A sheet of clear plastic - template or shrink plastic
Zipper type bag
Fabric stiffener
White craft glue
Option: Needle and thread to match doily or fabric covered album if using on an album cover.
In the sample I used a 10" Battenburg Lace Heart Doily from Wimpole Street, 5 silk red rose buds and a number of pieces or jewelry kept from my grandmother, mother, myself, my son and my grandchildren. I also included some buttons and mementos from important times in my life. This was made into a wall hanging but without the stiffener and plastic backing could easily be stitched to a memory album or matted and framed.

Cut the plastic sheet in a heart shape slightly smaller than your doily. Mine is 9 1/2"

Follow the instructions on the fabric stiffener bottle. I placed a small to medium amount of the stiffener in a zip bag and added the doily. After closing the bag, knead to distribute the stiffener and help the doily to absorb the stiffener. When removing the doily from the plastic bag, use the bag opening to remove excess stiffener. Spread the doily on the plastic heart shape an smooth out any wrinkles. Allow to dry completely.

Arrange the roses, baby's breath and pearl loops in a pleasing design down the left side of the doily gluing them in place with the white craft glue. Arrange the mementos around on the remaining heart. When your design pleases you glue each item in place. Glue the ribbon to the dip in the heart to form a hanger.

Option: If placing your heart on an album cover instead of gluing each item in place, stitch them onto the heart. Begin with a covered album and stitch the entire outer edge of the heart to the cover. You may now glue the roses in place and then stitch each item through the heart doily and into the fabric cover of your album. This not only attaches your mementos but also helps to anchor the doily.

ENJOY! C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn,

C&G Design.


tina said...

It is so lovely!

Jean said...

I agree with Tina....lovely and well worth the work.

Kathleen said...

First off, I love the bag you made for Madame. How cute is that? Second, congratulations on becoming a member of the Cloth Doll Artistry. I love this lace heart project. I am still working on my "secret" project, may take me a whole year to finish, who knows. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog....I do love my girlfriends. Can you believe the weather? But, I have a feeling we are due for a big storm...hmmmmm, Hugs, Kathleen

Skeeter said...

Brings back memories of those white paper doilies and red construction paper hearts we made as children in school! But yours takes it to the next level for sure!

Lola said...

Gorgeous, Dawn. It will be a big hit.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Very delicate and lovely.

Nancy said...

This is mixed media I can get into! Very pretty.