Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My brother's Pyjamas....

Many, many moons ago, when I was just a little girl (in the 1970's) and one of six children, my mum did her best to make ends meet. One thing she did was to make pajamas for my two older brothers.... This is fabric left over from one such project that I have inherited..... a blast from the past... So vintage.



Sunday, 25 May 2014

A quilt from the past....

I have been a patchwork and quilter for over twenty years, and I sometimes forget just what I have made. If you ever meet an avid patch-worker, you will find - somewhere in their homes - the biggest pile of bed quilts you can possibly imagine. Well it is the same in my home. I also worked in a Patchwork and Quilting shop for ten years making quilts for the shop and workshop samples too, so my 'pile' is bigger than most. Here is one that I made for my own home, it is used regularly - a utility quilt - and was compiled from all the bits and bobs from many a workshop I have attended. The border is 3D folded Prairie points and the large block at the top is a Kaleidoscope block... the photo was taken at an exhibition quite a few moons ago - those of you who know me will know I am a little older now.


Saturday, 24 May 2014

Using my mum's vintage Speedweve...

Each time I visit my mum, she gives me more and more sewing bits n bobs she has found in cupboards around the house. Last year she gave me her sewing box - which was a joy to clean  and to see it come to life again - and she also gave me her old Speedweve.

I remember playing with it as a child, pushing the links to and fro and not quite knowing what it was for.

A challenge from my local Embroiderers Guild gave me the opportunity to use it...... I made a 'patch' on linen from vintage yarn from my mum, and then embroidered an 'H' on it for Hertfordshire.... very therapeutic to do.







Thursday, 22 May 2014

Vintage finds and Inspiration

For me, a shopping trip to any vintage shop is a time for inspiration and an opportunity to creatively absorb texture, colour and style in all I survey (or rummage through !).











  These Top Trumps from the early 1980's, came home with me. 






Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A case of what to do with it !

Following a very expensive trip (isn't it always !) to the Newark Antique show last year, I came home with some of the most yummy goodies, including a very sad looking leather suitcase. The satin effect lining was falling apart, part of the lining in the lid was ripped out and the seam stitching to the back of the lid had gone... but I loved it - so for £10 it was coming home with me. I quite like buying 'sad' things, because most are past their best and it gives me 'permission' to do what I like with them, to up-cycle or revamp in my own way.
This suitcase was destined to be relined with paper to store my vintage linens.... I re-drilled holes in the back of the lid and hand-stitched with garden twine (I love twine - so tactile). This is the finished suitcase, but look what it was like after I had removed the very dusty green lining....  Why the London Underground map?..... I love the colours and pattern of the map, and use it regularly. Every few months a new front cover is produced using a new artist or to commemorate an anniversary. This was the one that was current at the time of  making lining the case.


















Sunday, 18 May 2014

Washing the Alpaca....

Most people are happy with a goldfish, cat or dog as a pet.... My younger sister has two alpacas. They have a wonderful temperament, keep the weeds down in her meadow and produce wonderful fleece.... which she gives to me !!!!!!




The fleece is in it's raw state when I receive it, but a good wash and drum card later, it is ready for spinning or felting.... I can't wait to start creating with it. First I need to service my Ashford Spinning Wheel.....  




Friday, 16 May 2014

Mid-Century Show....

I have a bit of a weakness for many things  - as you may already have gleaned - and yet another is Mid -century decor, furniture and fabrics.

I was fortunate to spot an advert for a recent London show and popped in - just to feast on the beauty of it all and feed my soul with pattern, shape, colour and form....




A nice selection of Welsh Tapestry Blankets.....









Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Columbia Road... London

I had the best of times on Sunday... although a bit on the chilly side .... Columbia Road in London was buzzing at 9am !

The flower market was on, shops and cafes were open, but the over riding memory of the day was the heady perfume from the cascading flower stalls.

So many of the shops are independent and kitsch.  'Jessie Chorley & Buddug -The Shop' was one of my main reasons for visiting, and I wasn't disappointed.





  

  

Buddug opening up the shop...




I bought a small mystery goody for myself........









So many quirky shops - of course everyone of them is an opportunity for yet another potential shopping experience ...











All the way down the Road are small coffee outlets set up in doorways selling refreshments and some have handmade doughnuts - Yummy......
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