Sunday, 26 July 2015
Friday, 17 July 2015
Yesterday I was given the most wonderful gift by a friend ... totally unexpected and totally "me"! This darling quirky vintage 40s secretary doll is a real treasure - I love the way a handmade doll has been perched on a manufactured desk of the time, and she has great accessories including a typewriter, notepad & pencil. She has fabulous high heeled shoes & a tight fitting sweater. Of course, as a dollmaker, I love seeing how vintage dolls have been made so I will be giving this lady (as yet unnamed) a closer inspection. I can see that her hair is mohair & she has a painted fabric face. Her new home is the 30s & 40s sewing bookshelf in my office, alongside 30s & 40s books such as Modern Needlecraft by Davide C. Minter (do buy this one if you find it, a fabulous book), 2 editions of The Pictorial Guides by Odhams (30s & 40s versions), some original as well as modern publications of Make Do & Mend books, and my treasured 30s Liberty catalogues & Vogue Knit sewing magazines!
It is great to have a new pal in the office with whom I can gossip! xx
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
OK, as I said in an earlier post, I haven't done a lot of patchwork, mainly because cutting squares or hexagons etc drives me a bit batty, but I had seen some lovely strip patchwork projects on Pinterest so decided to give that a go. I raided the rag bag & pulled out some small scraps & strips of patchwork. I wondered whether I would be able to get a textured rag effect on the strips so stitched them with one raw edge loose. There was no pattern as such, I cut a piece of lining fabric the size of my cutting board & folded the corners to give the bag its depth.
I used a (vintage) pure cotton thread as I hoped this might shrink slightly on washing to add to the texture. Once I had stitched the strips onto the backing & constructed the bag, I cut along the raw edges of the strips like you would do for a rag quilt & washed the bag. After one wash the edges had begun to fray a little:
After the second wash the edges were beginning to fray more & of course will become more textured with use
I love the random upcycled vintage fabrics in this bag & plan to make more of these. This one will be donated to the charity shop next week xx
Friday, 3 July 2015
Just spent a happy afternoon sewing ... working on my latest idea for a patchwork bag. I had an assortment of brightly coloured scraps saved from the scrap bin & wanted to try a rag quilting technique to get some more texture into the patchwork, making it more tactile & interesting. All made, stitched & snipped, going into the washing machine this evening & will post photos of the finished result (which will be donated to Sue Ryder Vintage in Peterborough when I go in next week) xx
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