Saturday, 20 April 2013

New uses for vintage embroideries

Don't you just love this little Dutch couple, embroidered in the 1930s?  They'll be off to a new home soon.  Have put some more photos of vintage 30s motifs at the end of this post for you to enjoy.
I am sewing away at the moment, busy reworking lots of vintage embroidered textiles.  I think it is such a shame when tray cloths & tablecloths, and even "duchesse sets" (I think that was the 30s name for sets of little mats which were used on dressing tables etc) cannot be enjoyed.  So I am making some new patterns to rework these items.  On the whole these are proving successful with not too many textiles relegated to the rag bag!

This was my attempt at a small workbag reworked from a corner cut from a (damaged) embroidered tablecloth. The shape was inspired by this advert from a 1930s magazine.  You will see I had to cut the bag a bit wider to accommodate more of the embroidery, it is a nice little bag which sits comfortably on the arm.
Anyway, some more 1930s embroidery photos for you & off to the sewing machine now ...



Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Pingle Parasol

Slightly ashamed at how long it is since my last post ... well, managed to stitch a batch of my Pingle handmade brooches to go on sale at the National Centre for Craft & Design ... above is one of the designs based, obviously, on a Victorian parasol.  Then I bought 80kg of vintage scarves from one of the wholesalers - how many is that?  Well, a scarf usually weighs about 100g ... yep, scarves everywhere.  But as you all know, I adore them and even enjoy the lengthy process of washing, checking & sorting them all.  I find that the washing & ironing helps in the triage decision making - keep, sell or rework.
Yesterday I went to an interesting seminar (again, at the NCCD) on the subject of "How to Run Workshops" given by Emma Ronald.  Emma is a textile artist as well as working part time as a Learning Officer at the NCCD.  It was lovely to meet her & talk textiles and I look forward to working with her at events in the future.  Be sure to check out the NCCD website here as they have a fab range of practical workshops for everyone as well as fascinating gallery exhibitions.  There's also a lovely shop and great cafe so it is well worth stopping by if you are near Sleaford.
So, the to do list grows ever longer.  And while I was in Sleaford yesterday I picked up the latest NCCD schedule and was fascinated to read about the weekend workshop being run at the end of this month with internationally renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood.  Sadly my funds don't run to participating in this one, but I am looking forward to seeing his work in the forthcoming exhibition Beauty is The First Test from 27 April.
I have a blog post ready which I wrote two weeks ago.  It is nothing to do with textiles, vintage or needlecrafts, just something that happened which moved me deeply.  Not sure whether to share it.  We'll see.

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