Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Healed Heart Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!

For years I have loved the simple shape of the heart and back when I was single it seems that much of my creative subject matter revolved around angry women and broken hearts (very telling about my love life back then!) I've come a long way since those days and when I met my husband my heartache of the past seemed to heal. To this day, I am amazed at how resilient our hearts are- we experience loss, pain and a myriad of life challenges and through care, faith, time and healing our hearts somehow keep loving.


These days being married and little more stable in the love department, I have often tried to visualize what my heart might look like today- colorful? put back together? messy? patched up? spots of shine? Our hearts can be wounded, beat up, broken and lost but amazingly they can be put back together, healed, more beautiful and stronger than before. This simple project is my tribute to the imperfections that come with love and matters of the heart.


Start with your favorite fabric, hand painted fabric or even paper. Choose colors that represent your heart.


Cut out a heart (a piece for the front and a back)


Use hand sewing and/or the sewing machine and colorful thread to begin the process of adding layers, color and texture to your heart that represent your own experiences-


Use found objects, string, twine or even wire on the surface,



use the surface to journal and write your story


use bright or metallic thread to represent shine


use colorful beads and sequins for sparkle.


When you are satisfied with the surface of your heart, sew up the edges and leave an opening for stuffing- stuff and sew closed.


if you like, continue to add to your heart


by wrapping with wire, twine and more thread.




optional- add wings!


I will be giving away all 5 of these hearts to 5 readers!

Here are the rules-
Leave me a comment with 1 word that describes your heart
check back Thursday when I will draw 5 names!

155 comments:

  1. susie carranza1:21 PM

    recovering

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  2. AAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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  3. Whoops - see i am not the only one who is hopeful. I am
    yearning
    as well

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  4. exhausted

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  6. Anonymous2:44 PM

    wounded,
    Janet

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  7. pushover :) But that's a good thing

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  8. becoming (the real me)

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  9. full!
    http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

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  10. Heavy. My neice's best friend was shot and killed by her father in Westford, MA last night. it will change who she is. Even if I don't win this give away, I am grateful for the tutorial because I can use it to create a broken/healed heart to send her.

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  11. Eddy J6:28 PM

    uncertain

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  12. Jeannie6:52 PM

    searching

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  13. resilient

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  14. Bursting!
    in a good way though,lol.

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  15. Anonymous5:04 AM

    overwhelmed
    Hugs, Nicole

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  16. for once, I was about to leave a comment because I really {heart} this project:) and at the end of your post a surprise was waitng for me!
    so my word is:
    confused

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial, i will definitely make one!

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  17. wow. so many comments, so many different feelings, descriptions, emotions...
    my heart is light.

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  18. Chitra1:20 PM

    "Forgiving"

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  19. pulsing

    (i can feel it beating really hard right this second.. ps this is super super super awesome and i can't wait to get some ME-time to do this tutorial. love your work alisa! xoxo)

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  20. Linda6:18 PM

    Renewed

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  21. Anonymous7:53 PM

    full

    Lynette Smith
    brundol@comcast.net

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  23. Zauna5:00 PM

    growing

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  24. I've done it! I've made my heart and thank you, its opened my eyes xxx I'll treasure it always x

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  25. Waiting......Am I too late?

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  26. Marieke9:21 AM

    Loving

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  27. Wow, there is so much effective info above!

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  28. Dear Alisa,
    I know this is an old post I know but-my heart is broken and I am going to make some of these today-felt compelled to let you know and thank you for sharing this idea with all-
    shelley in colorado

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  29. wounded.

    thank you for your inspiration and lovely tutorials

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  30. CHERISHED
    I was going to say mournful, as my husband passed recently... I suppose broken or sorrowful would work too... healing, mending, strong... yes... grateful... yes that too... but since he made me feel this way, I think I'll say: CHERISHED.

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  31. Anonymous6:12 PM

    aching

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  32. Anonymous1:18 PM

    aching

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  33. octoberXobscene11:57 AM

    Jaded

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