Twinchies – Hatters Challenge

Morning everyone.  This weeks Out of the Hat Creations challenge is twinchies.  Twinchies are 2″ x 2″ squares. They can be made from any fabric you like and can be decorated in any style of your choice.  For full details of the challenge,  to see Janet’s, Chrissie’s and Sandra’s fab projects, all of the wonderful entries and details of Janet’s prize giveaway click on the link above.

For my challenge entry I made some paper/fabric twinchies.

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I started off by laying a piece of muslin (approx 20 cms x 15 cms) on to a piece of A4 copier paper and using a paint brush I coated one side of the muslin with a very thin coat of watered down PVA glue.  I then placed on top of this, bits of lace, torn paper, postage stamps and some fibres.  I then coated one side of a piece of white mulberry paper (same size as the muslin) with PVA glue and layed it, glue side down, on top of the muslin trapping all the bits and pieces in the middle.  I then painted some PVA glue over the top of the  m. paper gently pushing out any air bubbles as I went.  There is probably another way of doing this but this is how I made these.  When it was all dry I chose areas I liked and cut out  the little 2″ x 2″ squares using a ruler and craft knife.  Just to high light certain raised areas, I  rubbed in some gold wax  and edged the sides with gold marker pen.  Using gold thread, I stitched a little and wrapped the thread around the squares for added decoration.  The pink areas on these are the fibres, paper and postage stamps showing through the m. paper.

 

Happy Crafting everyone.

Best Wishes Florence x

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  1. Hi Florence, hope all is well with you and Freddie, have been away for a few days and finally manged to have my first dip in the sea which is rather late for me as I like to take my first swim in March.Again you astound and amaze us with your fabulous work. The twinchies are gorgeous the first ones I adore the textures and muted tones. The Christmas theme for the second ones are well just breathtaking. The crackle the colouring the whole shebang !!! . Ever thought of running little get always in your beautiful home so you could teach us some of your little secrets ….. think about it I would even bring the mutts as im sure they could benefit from some one on one classes.

    Take care

    Marie

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    • Hi Marie. Hope all is well. I am so jealous of your dip in the sea. Y’know if you bring R and B they will not be allowed to leave!!!! LOL! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. You are always so kind.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Vivian. Lovely to hear from you. Hope all is well. I’m loving this Deco Art one stop crackle. Definately one for the craft room. All ok here TFA. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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  2. Lovely projects both of ;them, the first is very inspiring and it looks so tactile. The second – wellm, it is very eye-catching and I just love it. What a beautiful addition a set of those would make to any Christmas table.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  3. The twinchie foursome is awesome! (Sorry for the terrible slang, but couldn’t resist the rhyme.) Seriously, I love the textures and details you’ve created; what an amazing technique. And beautiful, muted colours. Gorgeous!
    Alison x

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  4. Wonderful projects Florence. I love the napkin holder – I think that they would make lovely little tree decorations as well.
    xxx Hazel.

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    • Hi Hazel. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. Y’know they are good size for a tree decoration. Super idea! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  5. Love those twinchies Florence and so lovley that you shared the “how” I am off to re-read it again as I want to try this out myself 🙂 and a great napkin holder. Hugs Sandra XXX

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    • Hi Sandra. Hope you are both ok. Now I am worried. Hope it all makes sense! lol! As we are old friends, I know you will let me know if it doesn’t!! 😉 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards to you and the Diamond.
      Florence XXX

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    • Hi there, You are welcome to join in the challenge if you want to. No pressure. However, there may be a challenge coming up real soon that you might like!!! 😉 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Netty. Lovely to hear from you. Hope you are both ok. Yep, I admit it. I have way too much fun crafting! loll! Thank you for your lovely comments. Sorry for my late visits to your blog. I had so much fun (yes, more of it) catching up with all your makes this morning. Such a treat.
      Hugs, Florence xxx

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    • Hi Emma. How are you! Hope all is well. I would have christmas every day if I could!! 🙂 I love all the magic! lol! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. Gorgeous projects Florence and thank you for educating me on twinchies, I had no idea what they were : ) I just love your christmas napkin ring, what a beautiful addition to your christmas table setting. Hugs to you* from both of us!.

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    • Joann! Hi! So nice to hear from you. Hope all is well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Sending hugs to you and to Miles.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Amanda. Hope all is well. Y’know, about two years ago I saw some little enamel napkin holders similar to this. Although individually they were not a lot of money if you needed to buy say 8 or 10 then they got expensive. I am such a cheap skate! LOL! It is probably where the idea came from for these. I will make some more on some thicker material and then hopefully they will look more like tiles. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  7. These are so inspiring. The card could be a quick and nice idea to use the fabric leftovers, the napkin holder is absolutely to copy!

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    • Hi Gio. Great to hear from you. Hope you are ok. This paper/fabric was such good fun to make and you can get a lot of squares out of one piece to make a few quick cards. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. love the technique on the twinchies…lots of interesting shapes and textures. The napkin holders are gorgeous and inspiring me to think ahead to the holidays too!

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    • Hi Lisa, Hope you are all ok. Thank you for calling in and for such lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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  9. Florence, love the twinchies! You inspire me each time I come to your blog. You take as much time as you need and don’t even worry about the blog. We’ll be here when life slows down enough for you to get back into your routine…..love your work!!

    Yvonne

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    • Hi Yvonne. Thank you sweetie that is so kind of you. Hope all is well with you and yours. How’s that little one?? Still having plenty of cuddles no doubt! 😉 Always great to hear from you. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Angela. Hope all is well. I do go over the top with decorations especially at Christmas 🙂 Thats what it’s all about though isn’t it. A bit of fun. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  10. Hi Florence. I’ve never heard of twinchies before but I look forward to giving this challenge a go. Both of your projects are super. I especially love your napkin holders with the gold edges and crackle finish. Gorgeous!

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    • Hi Tracy. Hope you are ok. I think this is my first time at twinchies. I have made some inchies before. It’s funny I found inchies easier than twinchies. Blimey things do have funny names don’t they!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see your challenge project. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  11. You did a marvelous job on both projects, Florence! Love the colors and textures of the twinchies and the serviette holder is so beautifully full of Christmas cheer and welcome.

    I appreciate your visits and comments.

    Blessings for more lovely creations,
    Mariannne xo

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    • Hi Marianne. Hope all is well. I Love visiting your blog. It is always a treat 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for such lovely comments. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Sweetie. Hope all is well. Von, I have just put a link to your serendipity tutorial in the reply to Suze’s comment above. I hope that is ok with you 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  12. Fabulous technique with your first twinchies (am I right in saying this is what you call ‘serendipity’?) and the holly one is such a fabulous idea. You have coloured it to perfection and I love the crackle. xx

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    • Hi Suze. Hope all is well. Y’know, I remember making these fabric and paper sandwich sheets in junior school. I am not really sure what the real name is. I’m not good at putting labels on things. The names seem to change with fashions. Serendipity is making up backing sheet using small bits of paper… I think!!. Our Von from Messy Me has a great tutorial on the serendipity technique which can be seen here http://messyme-von.blogspot.com.es/2011/03/serendipity.html
      It’s funny after I visited you last night I thought we have both been thinking along the same lines whilst crafting last week. Especially with the little oriental coins. I couldn’t say anything yesterday without giving the game away. Great minds hey!! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Hugs, Florence xx

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  13. Hello Florence
    The beautiful soft muted tones and so tactile to look at, gorgeous and so satisfying when creating from scratch.
    It is hard to believe that the holly is a stamped image, it is coloured to perfection and such a gorgeous idea.
    So glad you shared.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. Thank you for visiting my Blog. I have read the comments via e-mail this morning.

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    • Hi Lynne. Hope you are ok. I always love visiting your blog. I am a bit behind with my visits, apologies, but It was such a treat catching up with all of your projects this morning. These squares are really soft colours in real life, but I had difficulty taking the photo. At least this photo shows the textures up a little. The gold looks a little brown but I am sure everyone will get the idea of them. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  14. All fantastic Florence. It is wonderful how you put so much work into everything you make and even better that you share how you made the pieces with all of us

    Love Chrissie xx

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    • Hi Chrissie. Hope all is well. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this week. This was a bit of a challenge!! Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  15. Fab serviette holder, may just have a go at these as this year I’m trying for a ‘homemade’ Christmas and I have some Irish linen serviettes that will look just right with these.

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    • Hi Ann. Hope you are Mr. B. are well. Irish Linen!!! Lucky you. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I want to see lots of photos!!! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  16. Hi Forence, hope everything is ok….your twinchies are fab….I love all the textures in the first one, and to think way ahead to x-mas is admirable; what a fun project this will be for your x-mas table, it looks so beautiful…love and kisses G. ummm. I have never made a twinchie; if time permits, I want to join in, great challenge…

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    • Hi Gisele. Hope all is well. If you have time, it would be great if you could join in the challenge. Hope you are able to. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  17. Wonderful twinchies Florence! I love the layering on the first ones, & your napkin holder is simply stunning! Hope things are back to normal for you soon xx

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    • Hi Alison. Great to hear from you. Hope you are ok. “Normality” will resume soon, I say with my fingers crossed! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  18. Good Morning Florence. I havenever tried these at all. Your card is lovely ,but I have fell in love with the napkin ring, totally gorgeous. Hugs Rita xx

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    • Good afternoon Rita, Hope all is well. Oooo! give these ago. You will have so much fun. Hope you have time to join in the challenge. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Hugs, Florence xx

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  19. Wonderful projects!! Fabulous twinchie piece all that texture on the fabric squares and the Xmas deco is gorgeous for the holiday serviette….what a beautiful table setting that will make! come by my blog for some paper freebies…I know you could make something stunning from them:)

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    • Hi Cynnie, Hope all is well. I saw on Lynne’s blog this morning that you are being very generous. Gorgeous paper freebies! Thank you. Your visits and comments are truly appreciated. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Lorraine. Hope all is well with you and yours. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Hope you will be able to join in the challenge this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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  20. Gorgeous work, Florence, Love the first set, they are really unique, and the idea with the Xmas ones is great – looking forward to seeing more of them! Hugs, Valerie

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