This is the second sample for my winter mixed media workshop, and it's very different from my usual approach. I had fun with this one!
I wanted a particular effect, which I could see in my head! I drew a poppy head stamp and used Koh-I -Nor paints to stamp on the fabric. When dry I sponged and splattered the background so it would partly merge and cover the images. Then I took back some of the coloured areas with bleach. I free machined around the poppies and finished the image using a little hand embroidery. It was fused onto some hand dyed silk and a piece of vintage lace added for some texture/overlay.
Inside I used some of my naturally dyed cotton to line the case. An unbound strip of silk with more vintage lace holds the hand made notelets in place. They are made from recycling wallpaper lining paper, which has been painted and stamped with another poppy head image.
Finally there's a simple tie with painted wooden beads to finish it off!