Fire bird wall hanging

Well thats what I am calling it! lol!  This is a wall hanging I made for this weeks Just For Fun Challange.  This weeks theme is focusing on material and/or fibres. It is the last in the materials themed challenges and what a great month it has been.  I have really enjoyed joining in.  For full details of the challenge, the super samples by the design team and the  fab entries in the challenge, click on the JFF logo on the sidebar.

I am going to be honest, as we are all friends now, this is my second attempt at this weeks project.  The first one, which I planned, drew out, cut out material for just wasn’t happening.  So in the end I took my fabric and just splodged, stamped, placed material here and there and this is the result.   I am quite pleased with it and it was a lot more fun not knowing how it was going to turn out.

The canvas was made from a piece of fabric cut from a denim shirt which I coated in gesso, stamped the birds and painted the leaves on using a mask.  The red is fabric from an old scarf.

The flowers are made from fabric from an old top and the backing is a piece of leather cut from a panel of a skirt.  I originally bought the skirt, from a charity shop, to make some leather boots for a rag doll I made.  I have still got loads left over.

For the flowers  and leaves I cut out wobbly flower shapes and leaf shapes and then blasted them, on the reverse of the fabric, with a heat gun to melt the synthetic fibres.

Oh, just one thing I wanted to share.  A pyrography tool is really handy for melting the edges of fabric or cutting out shapes.  I know it is an old technique but I just thought I would mention it. That very well known German supermarket some times have them on offer for very little money.

I think thats it from me for today.  I have woffled on enough! lol!

Have a great weekend.

Best Wishes Florence.

38 comments

  1. Hi XFlorence just getting round to visiting your lovely blog. What a stunning hanging, has a touch of the oriental about it. Funny you should say that about Lidls they are selling one of those wood burning thingies next week. X

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  2. Well it all came together mighty fine if you ask me. I never know what my things are going to look like when I start them, the ideas and developments happen – sometimes very slowly.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

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    • Hi Brenda. Great to hear from you again. Some times there can be a tendancy to over plan. Sometimes it is more fun just to see what happens and like you say let things develope. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.
      Regards Florence x

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  3. Hi Sally. Great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. I have now got my fingers crossed! lol! I have shrunk lambs wool jumbers for felting and they have turned out great. I do however use a lot of what I call ’80s woollen work skirts and they are fine as well. Let me know how you get on I am genuinely interested to see how things turn out and what you make.
    Regards Florence x

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  4. Hi Florence love how this has all come together. Even better that you used old fabrics and clothes to create it. Found an old black woolen jumper so going to create home made felt like you suggested.

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  5. Hi Florence, thank you for visiting me today. I love your recycled wall hanging, it definitely has oriental overtones, beautiful. Have a great week, Annette x

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    • Hi Annette. Great to hear from you. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your wonderful creations. Have a lovely week and I hope you are feeling better soon.
      Regards Florence x

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  6. A beautiful fire bird hanging Florence and great recylcling of all those fabrics. Thanks for the info of the heat tool for cutting fabric, I never knew such a thing existed.
    hugs Joy xx

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  7. How beautiful Florence. It all comes together so well.

    Thank you for all of the lovely comments you leave on my blog. I always try to post on here but it won’t always let me:(

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    • Hi Chrissie. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments they are really appreciated. Sorry you have been have difficulties leaving comments because it is always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence x

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  8. This is beautiful, Florence! Thank you for visiting my blogs! I love your blog! You have a lot of creative ‘green’ ideas! I am always looking for new ideas to recycle. I have done many myself and will soon be revealing a new blog (again) dedicated to my redecorating/recycling endeavors. I will have a link posted on Soul Stampin soon! Can’t wait to have more time to peruse your blog.

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    • Hi Nance. Great to hear from you. It is always lovely to meet new crafters. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future and your wonderful creations on your other blog Snap Scrap and Dazzle. Thank you for your visit and your very kind words.
      Regards Florence.

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  9. Hi Florence,great walling hanging & you’ve used so many different materials,great colour combo.
    you really made me laugh with your tale of Freddie’s late night in your previous post.
    take care
    Janet x

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  10. Hi Florence Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I really love this wall hanging, colours are very vibrant and fantastic recycling. Oh and love the cards. Hugs Sandra XX

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  11. Sploged stamped and placed material! Turned into a fantastic wall hanging love the fabrics used and the fact that they are recycled gets you bonus points all round. Thank you for creating this and sharing it with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

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  12. Beautifully done Florence 🙂 such wonderful colours and love the movement you have achived with the heat gun on the flowers .
    Thank you for sharing your creation with us at just for fun .
    I had quite forgot about useing a hot tool to cut the fabric 😉
    Have a great weekend
    Von x

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  13. This is gorgeous – lots of hot colours which go with the weather we are having! And hurrah for that German Supermarket with the baldy bloke who advertises it in Spain!!

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  14. Hi Neet. Always great to hear from you. I am pleased you like the fabric with the firebirds on. It is the gessoed denim which has been painted and stamped onto. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. They are always very much appreciated.
    Regards Florence x

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  15. At least four things have been recycled here – what an achievement! I love the flowers – they have turned out exquisite. I love the material with the firebird on too, fits in perfectly with the other fabrics you have used. Bet it looks great when hung on the wall. Hope you have somewhere nice to show it off.
    Thank you for joining in the Challenge at JFF – always a pleasure to see what you have made. You excel at every one we do. Hugs, Neet x

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  16. Love your waffling ! Fabulous piece and sounds like you had so much fun at the least the second time around, great recycling too ! Hope you have a great weekend, How is Freddty by the way fully recovered I hope.

    Marie

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    • Hi Marie. Enjoying the beach no doubt! Freddy has now got tooth ache! lol! He is vowing never to drink again! Yer right!. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend.
      Regards Florence x

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  17. This is gorgeous, Florence, so creative, and I love that you have recycled so many things in it! Great work! That German supermarket must be Aldi or Liddle! Have a nice weekend, hugs. Valerie

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