Friday, 1 March 2019

UFOs # 2 - The Bonnet Project

bonnets and bags by Karen Vallerius

Pleased to report I am steadily working my way through my stash of textiles saved for upcycling and producing bonnets and bags which are destined for local charity shops in locations with historical costume events later in the year.  The bonnet and bag above are upcycled from a tablecloth with a small applique cut from a traycloth.

bonnets and bags by Karen Vallerius

The Mulhouse archival textile above has been both a tablecloth and door curtain in its time!  I have tied a floppy silk scarf as a large bow reminiscent of Georgian style bonnets.

bonnets and bags by Karen Vallerius

Above an upcycled cushion cover.

bonnets and bags by Karen Vallerius

And above I managed to eke out some fragments cut from an apron (already upcycled into other projects) into this bonnet.

More coming soon.

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Friday, 1 February 2019

UFOs # 1 - The Groovy Girls

Groovy Girls upcycled dolls by Karen Vallerius

Groovy girls just chilling in their favourite peacock chairs ... bodies cut from a tea dyed shirt, clothing mainly from vintage scarves with scrap denim jeans and black T shirt ... yarn oddments for hair 

This is the year that all the UFOs finally get finished ... and yes, this is how I used to dress back in the day!!!

Groovy Girls upcycled dolls by Karen Vallerius

Groovy Girls upcycled dolls by Karen Vallerius

Groovy Girls upcycled dolls by Karen Vallerius

Groovy Girls upcycled dolls by Karen Vallerius


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Thursday, 3 January 2019

UFOs and 2019

costumes by Karen Vallerius
WW1 nurse apron upcycled from modern cotton dress

costumes by Karen Vallerius

The second half of my 2018 was taken up with many sewing and creative projects for community groups hence not much blogging!  A brief inventory includes: vicar's collar; card horse head mask and horse blanket; pretend ferret in bag (this was fun! basically I made a sausage shape out of polar fleece fabric stuffed with some rice so that he weighed the same as an average ferret!); prize rosette; WW1 nurse apron; 2 x cook's aprons and caps; early 20thC Royal Mail badges; not to mention co-ordinating all the costumes for a large ensemble cast.  Plus there were some more (vaguely) medieval sewing projects which involved additions to existing basic tabards and dresses:

I was happy to donate bags of costumes and vintage garments to two local charity shops for their vintage and Victorian sectioins.

costumes by Karen Vallerius

costumes by Karen Vallerius

I also started getting back into creative writing and attended a fab local WEA course.

So for 2019, maybe a bit less sewing, but finish all UFOs and keep writing!

Wishing everyone a happy 2019.


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