Thursday, February 16, 2017

We're All Ears Patchwork Challenge

Kit Vincent's Textile Art
Kit Vincent's Textile Art
  1. The theme for February's We're All Ears challenge is patchwork. Typically patchwork is associated with needlework in which small pieces of cloth in different designs, colors, or textures are sewn together. It is a medium that can be shaped and stitched beyond the traditional quilt square In the art world there are many new contemporary artists creating beautiful patchwork like Kit Vincent.
  2. grass and dirt patchwork
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Patchwork is not just limited to textiles and sewing.  In fact there are examples found in nature.  Just look at the patchwork created with a grassy field and dirt.
The challenge this month is to create by thinking more along the lines of color and pattern.  It can be in whatever style or medium that you like; it is not restricted to fabric.  

Handmade patchwork card by BayMoonDesign
Valentine card by BayMoonDesign
I have been working with paper recently. In a past blog I described how I covered cigar boxes with lush scrapbook papers and turned them into keepsakes for my children. I also make handmade cards and I just finished this Valentine card prior to reading about this challenge. I used a technique which reminded me of patchwork when I made this Valentine card. So it wasn't much of a reach for me to decide to make earrings with paper, glue and a sealant.

Patchwork earrings by BayMoonDesign
These are the patchwork earrings that I made. I started with the hearts. I drew 2 hearts on card stock and cut them out. I then selected paper by choosing colors and patterns. I had some heart patterned paper in red and white so that seemed a perfect choice.

white card stock used to cut out hearts with other card stock used to cut strips

I layered card stock with patterned paper and used glue.  I then placed the hearts on card stock which had black and turquoise paper layered on it. There is a protective sealant on all surfaces.  The earring components hang on silver plated kidney wires which have a few turquoise crystals added to them.

back of the patchwork earrings

The double-sided paper heart earrings are a perfect gift for a first anniversary, the paper anniversary. The red and turquoise paper jewelry are perfect for an eco-friendly gift. On the reverse side of the earrings the pattern is white with tiny red hearts. Someone who enjoys repurposed, ooak, unique earrings will love these.


  1. So adorable! I love your earrings. Very clever idea and your card is lovely too! Thanks for participating in the We're all ears challenge! Cheers, Nathalie

  2. So clever! I really like the way you used paper to capture the feeling of patchwork... Lovely work! :)

  3. Cute earrings! I love the hearts!

    I participated too and made earrings with handmade fimo components:

    Greetings, Sofie

  4. Very cute earrings! Love them, so creative!

  5. Such a perfect pair of earrings for this month's challenge! I love that you used an unconventional material. I love that you mixed the patterns and colors. I think these would be very lightweight and perfect for the 1st anniversary gift. Thanks for joining in the fun over at Earrings Everyday! Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. Erin-Thanks you for putting together these challenges.

  6. These are delightful. The colors and patterns are perfect together. And the pattern on the back really completes it. Well done.

  7. Tammy thank you for your kind words.

  8. Those are super cute! I love how you made your own paper patchwork!