Tuesday, 24 April 2012

TAG TUESDAY ' Purple '

Hi  Everyone,

As promised here is this weeks tag for Tag Tuesday.

This weeks theme is 'purple' . As you will have seen in previous posts I have been creating some pieces out of used tomatoe puree tubes.This week I have used this technique to create my tag.

I started by using freehand  machine embroidery in purple thread to attach the metal  to a piece of felt which I had previously added some gold  foil to using bondaweb. I then painted a random pattern on to the metal with purple nail varnish.. (You can also use Glass Paints).

I used a brown tag which I crumpled up and then ironed flat and glued on a torn page which I also crumpled and ironed then coloured it  with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then attached the metal/felt with a stitch at each corner. The tassel was made using Hemp Twine.

This was my first attempt at sewing into metal and so I was a little bit apprehensive. But nice effects can be achieved by sewing more heavily with variegated coloured thread as seen in Paper Metal & Stitch by Maggie Grey & Jane Wild. This is one of my favourite books at the moment and  was the inspiration behind the techniques used for this weeks tag.

Thanks for visiting and if you would like to leave a comment it would be very much appreciated.

Bye for now. x


  1. This really has to be one of my favourite purple tags - and what a wonderful idea using nail varnish. The whole effect with the crumpled tag and the natural looking tassle is perfect - I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You work is gorgeous. I love the tags, all so different

  3. I am amazed at the talent here. I wouldn't know where to start with paper and card! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your words of encouragement.

  4. I love your tag (and your other work) Good for you.

  5. excellent. I need to have a go at this technique some time as I have had that book for ages!!!

  6. Wow, Fuzzie Fingers, that's brilliant!! I love the idea of using what most people would consider rubbish to create art - I've had some fun embossing old drinks cans. You can also colour the metal with alcohol inks.

    I've never thought of sewing through it! Glad it didn't break your needle. Your tag is just gorgeous.


  7. This is incredibly interesting! HOW can you sew through metal? Please do tell - I'm very VERy new at any arty stuff and need all the help and advice I can muster :)

    1. The metal used to make tomatoe puree tubes is very soft and it is easy to sew through with a sewing machine. But remember to keep a separate needle for the metal as it will blunt faster than sewing through fabric. You can also buy metal shim which is soft enough to sew through. Hope this helps.