Altered cotton reel

A very very long time ago I visited a craft fair in Wiesbaden Germany and on a ribbon stall they were selling giant wooden cotton reels.  My friend and I just looked at each other and said simultaniously, “we have to get one of those”.  I had absolutely no idea what I would do with it but it was the cutest thing I’d seen in ages.  Of course it has been sitting in my cupboard of ‘alterables’ for well over a year until I finally decided recently it was time to do something with it. 

I thought I’d turn it into some sort of fabric story book which I could wind up around the reel.  I cut my strip of calico and got out the stamps which would help me tell my story.   I just started stamping from one end and the story ended up playing itself out through the stamps.  I added some colour with Faber Castell Big Brush pens and stamped onto some pieces of coloured fabric.  I cut small pieces of fabric and ironed them onto heat and bond, stamped then cut out the images.  I could then iron these onto the fabric with the heat and bond.  I used a black journal pen to write the story and added a few beads and french knots.  I then cut a second piece of calico and backed it onto the main piece and ran it all through the sewing machine.  I wanted a raw, almost journalistic look so I used black thread and left all my edges raw.  I stitched onto each end some fabric to tie around the cotton reel.

Here are the stamps I used to tell my story:

I hope you enjoyed my fabric story book.  Maybe your stamps could tell your story. For a full list of all the stamps I used see the top of this post.

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  1. Janet Zeppa says:

    Oh my goodness how adorable and unique!! Love it!!

  2. this is amazing, jaine. love ALL your projects…..but this is ONE of my faves!!!! what a unique and creative way to show off those amazing mSB stamp sets.

  3. Els says:

    How fun is that, Jaine! What an amazing project!

  4. Agata says:

    This project is so clever and sweet! WOnderful idea, Jaine and perfectly done!

  5. What a clever project! I love it.

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