Sewing Room Assemblage (for Creative Expressions)

Sewing Room AssemblageI’m glad there’s five Wednesdays in January this year, as it’s given me more time to work on my final project for Creative Expressions using this month’s featured Antique Dressforms stamp set. This sewing room assemblage was fun to put together and features many of my favourite techniques as well as some innovative uses for some of the other CE products. A room-by-room guide follows and a printable worksheet is here. The complete assemblage is available to purchase – contact me for details.

You will need:
Creative Expressions Antique Dressform unmounted stamp set
Creative Expressions Chain Tassles
Creative Expressions Dazzlers: Medium Square
Creative Expressions Glass Vials: Small/Medium/Large
Creative Expressions Wooden Spools: Half/Whole
Creative Expressions Ribbon Roses
Creative Expressions Vintage Cameos (30x40mm)
Creative Expressions Self-Adhesive Pearls 3mm: Cream
Creative Expressions Three Crystal Bead Pins
Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Pearl Swirl: Black
Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue
Pronty 3D Collection Box
Teresa Collins/CE 8×8 Designer Pad
Handicraft Felt Vintage Collection
Foundations A4 Card: Milk/Coconut White
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints 3 (CMS150) stamp set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink: Vintage Photo/Tea Dye/Walnut Stain/Dusty Concord
Ranger Distress Markers: Black Soot/Vintage Photo/Pumice Stone
Ranger Distress Paint: Rock Candy
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Ranger Multi-medium: Matte
Ranger Cut’n’Dry Nibs and Holder
Walnut Hollow Metal Square: Brass 4×4″

Box Assembly

  1. Before you do anything else, assemble the box following the instructions in the pack so you understand how it goes together.
  2. When painting, it’s best to try not to get any in the slots or too much onto the pegs as it makes it a lot harder to assemble. I found it easiest to lay everything out flat, undercoat with gesso and then top coat with acrylic paint in titanwhite buff light. I then used titanwhite buff deep acrylic paint on various designs of stamps to print a subtle pattern onto the box (wash stamps straight away after you’ve finished).
  3. Once dry, assemble and stick down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.
  4. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to stamp, you could assemble the box and then paint it.
Fitting Room

BL_wFanfold a piece of Teresa Collins 8×8 Designer paper and cut to size. Swipe some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the folds. Cut out the curtain holder and wrap round the pleated curtain. Fussy cut around the pattern to make the pelmet. Mount the curtain on foam pads and stick into the box then add the pelmet.

The hanging chandelier is made from the Dazzlers: stick three onto a 1cm wide strip of Coconut White card using Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue and allow to dry. Overlap the ends of the strip and stick together at the back and allow to dry – the back should be the width of two of the Dazzlers and flat. The front forms half a hexagon as far as angles are concerned. Stick these down once the frame is dry. The Chain Tassle is then attached using wire loops (fuse wire/jewellery wire) stuck down with white label offcuts – very fiddly!. Mount to the top of the box with a loop of wire pushed through the centre of a coordinating disc of Teresa Collins card stock and stick down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.

Print two antique dress forms onto Milk card stock using the archival ink and briefly dry with a heat tool. Colour with distress inks using the cut’n’dry nibs or applicator tool. Fussy cut round, leaving a tab at the bottom of whichever is to be foremost in the box. Stick down the rear one using foam pads onto the back of the box. Use a piece of foamboard as a ‘spine’ to strengthen the free standing form and stick to the base of the box with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.

Bead Store

Bead StoreTo crackle the glass vials, firstly paint them with matte multi-medium and allow to dry – I spiked kebab sticks into a polystyrene block and popped the vials upside down on them. Once dry, paint with a layer of Rock Candy Distress Paint and leave to dry overnight. Finally fill with seed beads, cork, and glue into place.

Stamp the scissors image from the Antique Dressforms stamp set onto the back of a domino using the archival ink, heat set and then mount into the box.

Fabric Stores

Start by cutting several pieces of chipboard offcuts to 2⅝x1″ and then wrapping them in fabric or felt offcuts 2½” wide. Stick the end down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue. The shelves and crosspieces are made from foamboard offcuts cut to size and wrapped in Teresa Collins Designer Paper stuck down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue before being rubbed over gently with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Back one of the cubbyholes with the Teresa Collins Designer Paper cut to size. The cotton reels are a combination of half and whole wooden spools coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then wrapped in cotton thread and stuck into place with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue. Assemble as shown.

Pin Cushion

PinsStart by wallpapering the back of the cubbyhole with another piece of Teresa Collins Designer Paper edged with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Next take a Vintage Cameo, wipe over lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glue into place.

Cut out three 1″ circles of foamboard and stick them together, wrapping them in a strip of TC Designer Paper, sticking everything down with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue. Cut out the zigzag border and glue in place. Add the 3mm pearls on each of the points. Finally, glue in a ribbon rose to the top and stick pins through it to complete the look. Glue into place.


Thread several buttons onto a Crystal Bead Pin and glue into place. Repeat to complete the collection.Stamp the sewing machine blueprint onto foamboard using archival ink and heat set briefly before colouring in with the distress markers. Glue into place. Cut another pelmet, ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glue into place. Add more cotton reels and a domino printed with the measuring tape stamp from the CE Antique Dressforms stamp set.


Rather than use real scissors, take a sheet of the brass metal and press over a small pair of scissors. Using anything smooth, but NOT your fingers, start stretching the brass into all the nooks and crannies moulding the metal around the scissors. Fine details can be moulded using an embossing tool. Once the outline is clear, trim the brass with scissors and then keep working it until the form is finished. Apply a smear of black acrylic paint over the blades to dull them slightly and thickly over the handles. Allow to dry. Fill the back with Glossy Accents to keep the form, and once dry, glue into the cubbyhole.Stamp the two dressforms onto Milk card stock using archival ink, dry briefly and colour in with the distress inks as before. Fussy cut out and mount in the box – I used a spare whole wooden reel as a spacer for the rear form, and a strip of acetate to stick to the side wall to support the foremost form as well as gluing both bases.

Oh So Chic
Très ChicAnd finally, stamp the Tres Chic sentiment onto Milk card stock, cut to size and edge with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Mount on foamboard, and make a foamboard post to stick between the sentiment and the back of the box. Cut up the black pearl swirl into sections and stick onto the rear of the cubbyhole. Glue in the sentiment. Stand back and appreciate your hard work 🙂

3 thoughts on “Sewing Room Assemblage (for Creative Expressions)

  1. Hi Neill, This project is Truly Awesome and Thank You for sharing, Thank You also for such a brilliant detailed explanation on how you achieved this! You mentioned this was your last Project do you mean just last of the month, for Creative Expressions as I’ve enjoyed checking out you Blog, Fantastic Work.
    Hugs from Sam x

  2. Sorry Neil, I spelt your name incorrect, with two ll I apologise for that!
    Hugs from Sam x

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