Thursday, 14 February 2019

A Valentine for all my readers.

I have just finished this small picture. it's 8 inches square. Some of you might remember that I made the heart a while ago out of melted plastic. I stitched it onto a piece of orange fabric which I got at the Scrapstore. 
A friend gave me a plastic child's toy, like a construction kit. I cut the pieces into small crumbs, put them between two sheets of baking paper and ironed them till they fused together. Then cut out the heart shape.

I have some bits left over which will get used on another project.

I used matching cotton to stitch the heart onto the fabric. I pulled it tight over the canvas, bought for 50p from Poundland, pinning it down at the back, then laced it tight with some cord, tucking the corners in and securing with orange cotton.

I gave the heart two coats of clear nail varnish, and around the edge I couched on two rows of black wool to give it a more defined outline.

On the back I hid all the mess with a piece of orange felt and neatly stitched it on, then added the two rings.

I was going to use the heart as the centre piece for a bigger artwork, but decided that it would look nice by itself. It looks proper cute, I love it.

Re using plastic when it was no longer wanted.   ilona


  1. Impressive. What a great way to use unwanted bits and bobs and give them a new lease of life.

  2. I lovely Heart for such a special lady.
    Hazel c uk

  3. Love your heart creation Ilona - I managed to get through the day without anybody asking/saying 'happy valentines day' haha.

  4. What an awesome piece of art Ilona i love it. You are so creative with all sorts of left overs and scraps xxxxx

  5. Thank you Ilona and a Happy Valentines Day to you too!.Lovely piece that you have made and I always like the way you make your work look so neat at the back,xx

  6. Very sweet. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  7. Absolutely mad idea, and I love it! The colours are gorgeous.. you must be slightly bonkers, surely?!?!?!!!! One of your best pieces of artwork yet I reckon.


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