6 July 2016

All in The Family at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! After a much needed family break to France and Switzerland I'm back with a new canvas as part of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge. The amazing Suzanne Czosek is our host for this one and has chosen the theme 'All in The Family'; "With the summer months we spend more time with the family at celebrations and it had me thinking about some of our favourite traditions, memories and just funny stories we tell about what we have had happen as a family. So for the latest challenge create something inspired by your family. Whether it is your ancestors, a favourite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family."

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


If you are wondering what this canvas has to with family well in mine the skills of silk weaving and stitching run deep. In the course of researching my family tree, aided considerably by another member of the family, I discovered that for many generations on my maternal side East End silk weavers toiled away on their wooden looms to create silks for the ladies and gentlemen of the day. In fact the roots of this tradition spread back to my Hugenot ancestors who arrived from France fleeing persecution. Sadly as fashions and economic conditions changed so their trade died out.



I've looked to capture the feel of aged, faded damask wallpaper as the base of this canvas (there's a new tutorial to come for that) and then layered on sewing ephemera; the tape measures come from the Dapper paper stash collection and there are pieces of die cut lace together with canvas spacers to represent the struts from the weaving frames (simply by applying Walnut Stain Spray they turn from a pale pine to rich teak with nail heads providing the perfect accents). The quote band, coloured with alcohol ink, sums the whole piece up to me; "Your greatest creation is always going to be your life story" and if that story is remembered then the legacy will continue to live on.



So this is my tribute to one important part of my family tree - what will yours be? Or will you recall those family traditions and funny stories? Make sure you share them with us at Frilly and Funkie to be in with a chance to win. And to give you even more inspiration for your entry be sure you hop on over to see the fantastic creations from the rest of the Design Team.

Thank you for joining me today. I'll be back to share the tutorial for the eroded wallpaper background shortly and there's lots more to come now I'm back from those travels abroad. Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week have a good one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

18 comments:

  1. What a wonderful memory to share Jenny, always find family history fascinating and love you're interpretation of it. The use of wood inspired and the whole effect is GORGEOUS!! a stunning canvas. Hugs Ruth xx

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  2. A fabulous and inspiring piece relating to your creative ancestors Jenny x love the background and wonderful focal point with the papers and Ideaology pieces

    Hope you are well rested x I am sure you had a wonderful holiday

    Take care
    Annie x

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  3. Such wonderful use of the real things Jenny. So pleased you had a good break.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. What an interesting heritage you have! Jenny thanks for sharing . Your canvas is yet another fabulous piece of art and a real inspiration! Love it x

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  5. What a gorgeous canvas, made all the more special because of it's ties to your family history. Silk weaving, wow, how fun!! Beautiful piece Jenny. hugs :)

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  6. I love the aged damask background and can't wait to see the tutorial. I think it is so very cool that you come from a long line of silk weavers and the way you represented on your canvas is gorgeous!

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  7. I too, am looking forward to seeing your aged damask tutorial, it looks amazing on your canvas. This is such a lovely way to commemorate your silk weaving ancestors - the word band is just perfect! Anne xx

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  8. PS - Hope you had a wonderful holiday and had some to time to relax!! x

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  9. THUD! That's the sound of me falling off my chair after taking my first look at your incredible canvas! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about this right from the association with your family to the damask "wallpaper" (something so "old family" about peeling wallpaper!) and little snippets of ribbon finishing off the word band. Your family story is so interesting, and so are the details of your lovely work of art! Hugs!

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  10. OMG, is this ever fantastic. I love, love,. love the background. It does have the look of silk brocade to me. All the bits of sewing ephemera add to the vintage feel of this beauty.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  11. Your canvas is STUNNING, Jenny!! I keep going back take in all the little details. The background truly looks ages old. You've captured your theme perfectly. I can't wait for the tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  12. Oh wow, this is absolutely stunning!! The layers and details are amazing!! I love how it ties into your family history of silk weaving!! What a gorgeous canvas!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  13. awesome work - this is beautiful Jenny xx

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  14. Oh my gosh Jennie the incredible background and stunning elements combine to create a masterpiece of wonderful family memories and meaning. This is such a fabulous way to share the strong bonds and ties of our families and as always your artful creation is brilliantly designed and constructed, I loveeeee it xxx

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  16. This is wonderfully wrought and rich with meaning! The aged damask background is a marvel. I can hear the rustling of silk ball gowns here. What an incredible heritage. You have certainly followed in the family tradition as a weaver of stories, as your art always tells a tale that is fascinating to hear. Thank you for creating. Our world is more beautiful for it! xo

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  17. Stunning project!!!!!!!!! I adore it! love the colors, the techniques and the design! Absolutely wonderful! Barbara

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  18. Fabulous design - no matter what your style is - this design work is perfect!!
    sandy xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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