Saturday, 30 July 2016

The clock and bow brooch

The clock image on this brooch is made from one of Jessie Chorley's stamps and was printed onto this green, hand-dyed fabric by a friend.  The bow is also Jessie Chorley inspired (I do love her work) as she makes hers out of fabric scraps and stitches all over them too. The bow is attached with a vintage button and I've used french knots to attach the front of the brooch to the back with french knots (they are my favourite stitch after all).

I've added this brooch to my Etsy store and you can find it here - the clock and bow brooch.

I'll be back again on Monday.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

A golden wedding anniversary journal

It was my Mum and Dad's golden wedding anniversary last weekend and I made them an album using a journal bought from Paperriaarre, photos from their wedding album, family photos, wedding cards etc.

I used a mixture of stitch, silk ribbons, crochet flowers, lace, suffolk puffs, scrapbook papers and paper elements.

This suffolk puff was made from a small piece of my Mum's wedding dress train, it was white originally!

This silk fabric scrap has been in my stash for years I've added some gold thread and beads.

I've threaded gold silk ribbon on this page.

Unfortunately, and much to my sister's chagrin, there aren't any baby photos of her, just me!

I've ended the journal with photos of mine and my sister's weddings. There are still pages left in the journal, so we'll be adding anniversary cards and photos in the for their 50th and their 60th etc.

I'll be back on Saturday.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Suffolk puffs - quite a few of them!

"A Suffolk puff is simply a circle of material gathered in on itself to form a smaller, double thickness, puffier circle."

I've made a few of these in the past couple of weeks. Large ones and little ones and made from silk, linen and cotton fabrics.

I use them for decoration, but you can sew them together to create a pillow cover or a quilt. I may attempt a pillow cover in the future, a suffolk puff quilt would take me years!

I'll be back on Thursday.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Anniversary cards

It was mu Mum and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary yesterday and this is the card I made for them.

I used a velvet fabric to create the heart and decorated it with three gold silk suffolk puffs and a vintage button.

The 23rd July is also the wedding anniversary date of my sister and her husband, I made this card for them.

The heart has been hand drawn by me and is on scrapbook paper with a peacock die-cut from Paperchase.

 I'll be back on Tuesday.


Friday, 22 July 2016

A vintage photograph on fabric

I made this for my Dad, the photo is of my Mum, wearing a dress she made, sitting by the pond in the Italian Gardens at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Some may think it's too feminine to give to a man, but my Dad is used to having my stuff around their house. I could have gone down a severe masculine look, but I don't think this particular photo would have looked so good.

The photo is printed onto vintage linen and is edged in my favourite french knots. The broderie anglais lace is cotton and has been dyed with onion skins (not by me) and probably was cut from a petticoat. I trimmed some of the excess cotton off the lace and used that to make the mini suffolk puffs at the top of the image. 

I've backed the linen with more vintage linen and used a woven tape to create the hanging loop. 

I'll be back on Sunday.