Thursday, 25 August 2016

For a new penpal

I have a new penpal, Rosario,  who lives in California. We were put in touch via the Letter Writer's Alliance (LWA). If you're interested in letter writing, I'd have a look at their website ( There's a small one-off fee of $5 to join, but if you don't want to join there is information on the public side of their site.

Rosario was sent my address so she wrote first, this letter card (that's what I call them anyway) has my reply. I made it from a leaflet that popped through the door and covered it in scrapbook paper. 

On the inside, there's a pocket made from an envelope that contains the letter on the left. The pocket on the right is made from a piece of wallpaper that's was folded in half and the sides sewn up on my sewing machine. I've just added a teabag, some stickers, a couple of journal cards and a decorated paperclip. 

The butterfly theme came from the wallpaper pocket. Once I had decided on butterflies it was easy to make. It's just deciding on the theme that can take the time! That applies to anything that I make. I've spent a lot of time looking through fabrics or patterned papers etc waiting for that eureka moment!

I'll be back again on Saturday. 


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A 50th anniversary textile collage

This is the second item that I made for my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary (you can see the other item here). The image was printed onto vintage cotton fabric and then decorated with vintage lace and broderie anglais. 

There's only a bit of embroidery on this , chain stitch around the image and french knots on the headdress and for the flowers. I've also attached some mother of pearl buttons, some worn from years of use and a few beads.

I've backed it with some more vintage cotton,  and sandwiched a piece of wadding in between. It can be hung up using the two brass rings.

See you again on Thursday. 


Sunday, 21 August 2016

'A place for precious things' - a little pouch for keepsakes

This pouch is made from vintage linen and has been decorated with stitch, vintage lace and vintage buttons. The lining is also vintage. In fact, the only thing that isn't vintage is the thread I've used!

I'll be back on Tuesday.


Friday, 19 August 2016

A 50th wedding anniversary lavender pillow

I made this pillow for my Aunt and Uncle's golden wedding anniversary. I printed an image of one of their wedding photos onto a piece of vintage linen that already had a transfer pattern on some areas. I then stitched the flowers etc of the pattern.

I backed the pillow with more vintage linen and stuffed it with a mixture of stuffing and dried lavender flowers. All of the chain stitch gave me a sore finger, but I think it came out lovely.

I'll be back on Sunday. 

Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Anniversary cards

We've had two golden wedding anniversaries this year, the first being my Mum and Dad and these cards are for my Aunt and Uncle's anniversary. There isn't any stitching on these cards just paper and embellishments, including some lovely 'lace' stickers to go with the wedding photographs.

I'll be back on Friday.