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Today we have a brand new challenge over at A Vintage Journey where we are sharing with you Pairs, Trios and Sets. I hadn't intended to be part of this challenge but then hey presto there I was creating a trio of little collages to decorate a book I was making. More about that later, but here are the details of the challenge.
Toni is challenging us to create a set that works together. It could be ATCs, tags, a triptych or any grouping. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
As I started to make the book I realised I had been knitting for at least 60 years! My grandmother and mother taught me when I was six (apparently!) and I picked it up very quickly and was soon making dolls clothes and blankets. Despite knitting taking a bit of a back seat in terms of fashion during the 70s I still knitted colourful fair isle tank tops and shawls. Coming to Shetland meant my knitting experience exploded and since moving here in 1979 I have knitted all manner of garments using techniques learnt in lace and fair isle and of course spinning my own wool.
And so to the book - using Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook Die as the base, which has been covered in Calico and then another collage using Tim Holtz papers and ephemera. The Fair Isle heart is from a jumper I knitted in 1980 for Terry which was lovingly worn for many years and has now been felted and made into a Bear. But this little piece was still left.
The three signatures look great with their collaged covers and by keeping them reasonably flat they have not made the book too bulky. I am keeping the signatures loose at the moment so I can write up the notes easily.
And the cardigan .....