Saturday, 16 March 2019

The white and blue needlecase


I don't think that you can have too many needlecases, I have at least half-a-dozen that I use regularly, and I love making them. This one is made from vintage fabric and some scraps. There's four 'leaves' in this one and I've added a couple of packets and some flaps so that there's plenty of space for pins and needles. I'm including a few needles and some vintage thread in this one too. There's also some vintage buttons that are just tied on and that can be easily snipped off and used too.

If you want another needlecase for yourself or to give one as a present, this one is now available in my Etsy store. 

Have a fabulous week.


Saturday, 9 March 2019

A bit of wall art

A lot of the things I make are made from small pieces of fabric, many, like this quilt piece have been salvaged from vintage textiles that would otherwise be binned.Many of the trimmings etc I use are also vintage, though I do like to buy things like ceramic buttons etc from fellow artists.

I do buy new fabric, but it's usually in small amounts or as fabric samples. That's why a lot of the things I make are unique, I often don't have the materials to repeat something.

Anyway, this piece is now available in my Etsy store.

I hope you're having a good weekend.


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Walker Art Gallery - an 18th Century gentleman's clothes


This is a gentleman's court suit and was made about 1775-1800. It consists of a coat, waistcoat and breeches and is made from silk velvet and silk satin. Such a formal, made to be worn at Court would have been made by male professionals. The embroidery is beautiful and must have taken some time to complete.

These are a pair of padded gentleman's stockings. In the 18th century, having shapely calves were the 'in thing', and if you didn't have your own you wore a pair of these! You put these on, with the strap at the bottom under your foot, and then wore a pair of silk stockings over the top.

 This waistcoat was made so that the gentleman could keep warm in his large and drafty house. There wasn't any central heating in the 18th century! This waistcoat is made from silk and wool, with the wool being sandwiched between the top layer of silk and the lining. The embroidery isn't as elaborate as on the court suit, but there's some lovely detail along the edges of the waistcoat and its pocket flaps and there are little flowers scattered across the body in between the wavy quilting.

These three items are in the Craft and Design Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. I'll be posting pictures of more of its exhibits soon.

Have a great week.


Saturday, 23 February 2019

The pink star pincushion.

I made this pincushion using diamonds of Vanessa Arbuthnot fabric. I then decorated the seams with vintage ric rac and ribbon embellished with embroidery, sequins and beads. I used a fabric covered button for the middle where the points of the diamonds meet.

This pincushion is now for sale in my Etsy shop.

I hope you're having a good weekend.


Thursday, 14 February 2019

I'm back and Happy Valentine's Day

I'm moving back into the blogishere. Since I last posted my Mother was diagnosed with myeloma , received chemotherapy in the first part of 2018, but unfortunately she died in the 11th November 2018. I'm now getting used to the new normal and I thought I'd start up blogging again.

I joined in a Valentine's card swap this year and I made the five cards in the photos above. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine's Day, regardless of how you spend it.

I'll be back in a couple of days.