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Sunday, 6 May 2012

A Little Bit of Parchment

Thought I would try and post something different this week. 

I am having a little trip next week with some friends to Harrogate to the Parchment Exhibition.  My poor hubby has volunteered to drive the minibus - don't think he realised what he was letting himself in for taking 16 ladies on a craft trip.  They have all promised me they will behave and look after him !!!!!!!! LOL.

I used to go to Horncastle College for parchment weekends/summer school with Pauline Loweth (Parchment Express & Create & Craft). I made this on my first summer school week and although it wasn't perfect I felt a great sense of achievement and thought it was time I shared it with you.  Since then I have made several pieces and especially like gridwork (which has certainly improved).  Parchment is one of my loves although I don't have time to do much of it these days with everything else that gets in the way, it it a great way to relax.

I traced the basic fan pattern with a black fineliner pen on parchment.  On the main area of the fan I embossed several of the areas with a medium ball tool and then to make it a little bit whiter used a small ball tool, shading it where appropriate.  Every other area was embossed with a scriber and cross-hatched.  The gridwork was done using a 1-needle tool and then crosses cut out.  Various sizes of Sun tools and stencils were used for decoration.  Lower down the fan I used a mini stamp edge (which cuts where it is used). On the area near the tassel I stippled using a 1-needle tool onto a hard surface to give a different effect.

To finish I coloured some peel offs using a black promarker, parts of the peel offs were cut to form the embellishments and placed onto the parchment.  To make the fan look a little bit more realistic I made two more end struts and layered them on, black promarker was used again at the bottom of these.  The fan was cut out using a scallop tool to give a frill lace effect and then a tassel was attached.

I have place the fan onto black card as background to enable the parchment to show.

I hope you like my little creation this week.  It would be great for you to leave comments and also to hear from any other fellow parchers.

I am entering this into the following challenges (hoping that it is acceptable)

As always thanks for stopping by and looking at my little creations

Take Care
Hugs xx 


  1. This is just so beautiful Maria and a lot of work. Very talented. I am hoping to pop along and try and catch you all at the show
    x catherine

  2. Wow Wow wow that is Beautiful Maria, a lot of work went into that fan xx

  3. Wow Maria this is stunning, I don't have the patience and eyesight to do this so admire you.
    Fi x

  4. Absolutely stunning work Maria. I've never done parchment craft, but really admire the work of those that do.

    Thanks so much for joining in with our Black and White them at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  5. stunning piece of work - and admire your patience! It's wonderful!
    Kim x

  6. Stunning Parchment Fan. Saw this on MIM..Faye

  7. Stunning creation Maria, knowing what work goes into parchment craft this is amazing and such a lot of work!
    Thanks for entering our black and white challenge this week over at Allsorts and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xx

  8. Lady Aperture7 May 2012 at 18:18

    Maria, I remember the blood, sweat and tears over this creation, you worked so hard on it and all of the course members loved the stunning result when finished.
    Good luck

  9. What a beautiful creation. I saw it on Make it Monday.

  10. hi maria , hope you well, your creations are stunning ,
    big hugs clare.
    ps john would be loving his day out xx

  11. Oh wow! This is gorgeous!


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  12. This is gogeous Maria. You should try to make more time for parchment craft, you are fab at it.
    Good luck in the various challenges, and I hope you have fun at the exhibition.

  13. A stunning work of absolute beautiful art x
    Thanks for playing along at MMCS challenge & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  14. This is stunning. Saw you on MIM. TFS, Pat K.

  15. WOW Maria your fan is gorgeous, so much detail!
    I think I', just across the Wash from you, in Hunstanton.
    Thanks for playing along with Monochromatic at the Diva's this week and good luck with the challenge.
    Laurie xx

  16. Oh my goodness what a lot of work. An absolute work of art! And your husband is a very brave man indeed, lol. Thank-you for sharing with us at The Poodles Parlour! {Hugs} Barb, DT

  17. This is outstanding to think you did all that detail on that fan. So lovely Saw this on MIM Sandy :)

  18. Hi Maria,
    Oh goodness, this looks gorgeous. What patience you must have! Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week.
    Andie xx

  19. Maria, This is a beautiful piece. I can not even phantom to guess how much time something like this must take, but it proves beautiful Art takes patience. Hope your hubby has a good trip with all those ladies too.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    PS. Saw you on Make it Monday.

  20. Hi Maria,

    As you know I have had the pleasure of seeing this in real life and it is a stunning piece of work. Thankyou for entering it into my Allsorts Challenge this week. Can't wait for Saturday !!!!!!! Jo x

  21. Absolutely stunning sweetie - truly!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make it Monday this week.

    Hugs Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

  22. Stunning work.
    Amazing detail.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  23. Hi

    Wow, I am absolutely amazed by this stunning fan. I cant imagine how much time this must have taken you. The detail is just incredible.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  24. Stunning piece of work thanks for entering Emma's crafty challenge good luck Px

  25. Beautiful! I love it! I saw it on Make it Monday this week.

  26. Maria your fan is absolutely stunning x

  27. Wow this is absolutely fantastic!!! You must have so much patients to get all that detail on there!! FAB FAB FAB no other words for it xx
    Hev x

  28. Hi Maria
    Fantastic work so much time gone into this just great
    xxx hugs xxx


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