Sunday 22 July 2012

Gifts and Prizes

The Assistant Head at the village school where I work part time retired on Friday, so I made her a little something, Happy Day from Sub Rosa ~ chart here ~ ( Happy Day for the Assistant Head that is, not for the school!), stitched on a 40ct linen from The Crafty Kitten, of which I was sure I would remember the name when I threw out the packaging. 
Guess what? 
Forgotten it. 
It is stitched using Carries threads in Peacock, Sapphire and erm, Slime. Horrible name, lovely colour.
I added some buttons and dyed lace instead of the border parts of the design; I'd like to pretend it was inspiration, but actually it was because I ran out of time; and finished it with the same lace and an organza bow. It's backed with the blue silk dupion it's shown on.
And yes, it should have been the April Challenge for Needlecraft Haven, but better late than never.
I also recieved an exchange gift this week (VSCyberstitchers, I showed the sent gift last week). Linda sent me this wonderful project pouch and matching biscornu.
And here is reverse of each of them, together with the contents of the pouch, some thread cards, pearl headed pins and lovely thread all in matching shades of apricot, lemon and green
Thank you Linda, they are gorgeous.

In May I entered a draw as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway and was lucky enough to win a piece of sewing themed Subway Art from Heather Kojan at Quilt.Cook.Keep.
David got around to printing it onto canvas for me the other day, and here it is all stretched and mounted on my study wall.
It was Carnival Week in the village last week Eloise and Naomi entered as Harley Quinn...

and Clark Kent respectively. 
(recognise the jeans Linda?) For some reason the judges judged them as a pair, which strikes me as mixing genres, but then I'm pretty sure they didn't actually know who Harley Quinn is. Either way they must have liked them because they came home with the trophy for Best Dressed Collector.

Monday 16 July 2012

An exchange and two bits of upcycling

Here is a little hardanger needlebook I made for the VSCyberstitchers July Exchange.
Shh. It's a secret where it's going. 
The design is by Kay's Creations, I've had the chart quite a while and an internet search brings up nothing so I'm not sure if she is still designing. 
I used a piece of Belfast linen from Crafty Kitten in Midnight Skies, and Kreinik Silk Serica and Bella (my favourite fibres for Hardanger), added a few Swarowski crystals and lined it with silk dupion. I hope my mystery recipient likes it.
Naomi has been eyeing up some lace shorts. 
They are not cheap. 
This pair was. 

  • Take one pair of jeans from the charity shop. 
  • Chop off the legs and save for future, as yet undecided, project. 
  • Pin some vintage lace round the raw edges so it overlaps the raw edge. (This was some I found in the bottom of my aunt's sewing box, it seems to be the hem from a 50's/60's lace coat dress that had been shortened). 
  • Machine zigzag in place (zigzagging will help stop the denim from fraying further)

I added a tiny extra scrap of lace to the pocket at the front, and stitched one of my enormous collection of vintage crochet coasters to the arse pocket*. These have been officially labelled as cool, so I must have got something right ;D

The other upcycled project started life as a vintage pillowslip. (Well, technically I suppose it started life a s a nice crisp new pillowslip, but you know what I mean) The funky retro graphic came from The Graphics Fairy ~ a great source for vintage copyright free graphics ~ I printed it out onto photo fabric (found on EvilBay), appliqued it to the front, and popped a little vintage button on each corner for fun.  I cut a little bit off the top of the pillowslip, made a casing and threaded a manky old shoelace  funky vintage drawstring through and ta da, a nifty laundry bag for Eloise to take away to college in September. 
Now I need to explain that the idea is not to mail it home when it gets full...
I'll be linking this post up to Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes and Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy.
* Blogger does not recognise the spelling of the word "arse", mind you, it doesn't recognise the spelling of the word "Blogger" either...

Sunday 8 July 2012

Petals and Buttons

My apothecary rose seems to like the damp weather we've been having and has been flowering its little heart out, so when I saw this post at Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse I knew I had to have a go.
Here is my litre of rose petals (in my lovely retro roosterware jug)
And here is the finished Rose Petal Jam. It smells just like Turkish Delight, which, I suppose, is exactly what it is, only runnier. I'm going to have to bake some scones now to go with it. It's a hard life ;D
I can't show any stitching at the moment as everything is for exchanges or gifts, but I have been playing with vintage buttons again (I blame Pinterest!), and this time I've made a couple of tiny bouquets using old crystal salt cellars as vases. 
Linking this up to Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes
The salt cellars already have holes in the lid like little baby rose bowls so all you need to do is stack the buttons into pleasing piles, thread a length of jewellery wire up through one side of each pile and down through the other and twist tight to make a "flower", then thread a flower through each hole in the salt cellar lid, twist all the stalks together underneath and pop the lid back on the jar, (I filled the larger cellar with more buttons but the other was too teeny tiny to fit any though the neck). Ta Da! A sweet little showcase for some of my buttons, much better than keeping them hidden away in an old Quality Street tin.
Who am I kidding, I couldn't fit my button collection in just one Quality Street tin...