Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vintage fabric endures

I was given the opportunity once again to create a heart keepsake from vintage fabric. I love working with vintage fabric. The history, the colors, the texture, the sentimental value makes it so endearing.

This yard or so of well worn, or as I like to say, "well loved" vintage fabric, in aqua and avocado, had seen better days.


I selected the best area for the pattern, wanting to be sure I could show the lovely flower pattern. Included with the fabric were several original fabric covered buttons. I just had to incorporate these into the finished keepsake. The vintage buttons made the keepsake heart complete.
As a finishing touch I added a new silk ribbon in aqua for a wonderful contrast.

The beauty of vintage fabric.....endures.

23 comments:

MegansBeadedDesigns said...

What an adorable piece! It's so cute!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love that you were able to repurpose this fabric and create a beautiful keepsake.

Sweet Fix @ Maria Corcuera said...

Love it!!!

keepingitindie said...

Oh my gosh - you are so lucky - that fabric rocks! They just dont make fabric like they used to. Have fun with that gorgeous stuff!

Brandi
Blogging Buddies

Create by the Yard said...

This is wonderful! I love the fabric! It would be nice stuffed with a bit of lavender to use as a drawer or air freshener.

Sher said...

It turned out beautifully! It would be fun to work with vintage fabric because like you, I would appreciate it and know that it has a history.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Frannie,
Thanks so much for visiting!
Your keepsake heart is so pretty, I just LOVE the fabric! Aqua, green, and vintage...does it get any better? :-)

Kimberly

Linda Browder said...

Dear Fran,

I love all of your work. I counted 46 of your beautiful little heart keepsakes that I have sent to family and friends for various occasions...births, deaths, birthdays and just as "I love you" messages. Thank you for all of your blessings from these little hearts which are so special to those who receive them.

Love you,
Linda Browder

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

So beautiful! I love the fabric.

CoffeeBreakCrn said...

Very pretty! You could make one into a potpourri holder.. stuff lavender or a nice smelling scent in it.. I think that would make a nice addition. =)

Anyway, thanks for dropping by my blog. I can already imagine a million different ways you can organize your threads and fabric.
But organize is my word for 2012 too! =)

coffeebreakcrn.blogspot.com

Odd said...

This is a great piece for your kids or loved ones. Fabulous!

Rose said...

Neat! Including the buttons was a good idea. They are cute!

just B you said...

That vintage fabric is beautiful. I love the color.
~Kim
from Blogging Buddies

carla h said...

Beautiful, looking at this fabric was a great feeling of warmth and love, Very inspirational.

Yola Thorp said...

This is so cute. Love your blog. Following.

xx,
www.yolathorp.com

Angela said...

Fran,
Thank you for making me such a beautiful and sentimental heart. When I found out my step-mother had to get her chair refinished, I insisted she give me the fabric. I knew immediately that I wanted to ask you to make a heart out of it. The fabric/chair originally belonged to her grandmother. When I presented her with the heart on Christmas, she absolutely loved it!!! Thank you for such a creative way to keep the fabric in the family for many more years. Also, the cards you made for me are gorgeous.
Thanks again,
Angela

Frannie said...

Thank you to everyone that left a comment. I appreciate the support and community..

Angela, it was my pleasure to work with you on such a wonderful project. Thank you for the opportunity.

TracyTracy said...

Frannie, love the soft blue, and the buttons are an elegant touch. And thanks for your great work during the holidays with our last-minute order. Everyone truly LOVES their special handmade gifts!

Sarah ~ Magnolia's Attic said...

A lovely heart, and a lovely story behind it from Angela. The avocado makes a perfect background for the aqua design -- beautiful!

cabin + cub said...

Very pretty! and I love the colours in the fabric... seems like a colour combo you could only find in nice vintage fabric. ;)

amanda said...

This is beautiful! I love the feel of vintage fabrics as well.
My husband's grandmother used to make little hearts similar to yours for all her grandkids on Valentine's. We cherish them.
I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad to make your acquaintance. :)

Sparklegirl said...

That is such a pretty piece! I love the lace.

xo Jen

Katrina Alana said...

Looks beautiful. Glad I found your blog from Blogging Buddies.