Getting the old photographs out at Mum & Dad's last week inspired this small mixed media fabric and paper collage. I stitched it on calico with silver scrim, vintage lace, buttons and bows. I don't usually like a lot of bows in my work but this one represents the fact that I was born above a dress shop called "Buttons and Bows"
Mum made the dress, she told me it was dark grey with the buttons down the front all different colours. The light brown buttons were from the actual dress and I had them from Mum's button tin. I stitched the whole thing in silver metallic thread and I added black ivy seed heads because I really love the shape and colour!
I enjoyed stitching this so much I have a new ongoing project to do more collages from my family photos, all on calico. When I've got a collection of them I will make a calico journal and stitch them all in
ps. Thanks for your kind comments about Mum and Dad here and in emails/flickr messages. They are glad to be home and very slowly getting over their ordeal. Dad is slowly recovering physically and finding it frustrating not being able to get about, but all being well he will heal given time - thank you!