I didn't have a go at the rusting but did pinch her idea of stamping onto fabric and painting!
I have had a drawer full of wonderful crochet mats for a few years that were all lovingly made by my fabulous Great Aunt. Her name was Gwendoline Ivy Montague, and although she had a splendid name she was known to the family as Ti......rhyming with Pie.
She was the sweetest, smiliest, most inspirational person, and despite a tough life with not many comforts, she radiated warmth!
So, I wanted to honour her and her beautiful works of art.
I was certain that I didn't want to cut up any of her mats, so thought of a way round it!
Last night I selected 2 mats and backed them with a circle of felt.
Next, I stamped a couple of PA stamps onto fabric and painted them with fresco paints. The flowers because she loved all flowers, and the fairy, because she was very broad-minded and would have approved of the bare bum!
This morning, I went to the flea market in Chesterfield and bought some embroidered mats and doilies that I could cut up.
I found a couple of photos and began to assemble my elements; machine sewing pieces of embroidery, stamped images and bits of doily.
My colour scheme was shades of lilac as it was her favourite colour.
I added ribbon and buttons and stamped the word Love and finished off gluing it to an 8x8 box canvas which I had painted with fresco Plum and French Roast.
So, I now have a tribute to my lovely Great Aunt and I didn't chop up any of her beautiful work!