I was reading a friend’s recent blog where she was asking whether people wash their fabrics before using them for making quilts. Having never done this before she decided that she might wash some intensely coloured fabrics that she had recently bought – and was very glad that she had done so!
It reminded me that I didn’t used to wash my fabrics although our patchwork tutor had always advised that we did. Now, after having experienced the disaster that can happen I always do.
And this is the disaster.
I decided to make an apron decorated with bunting and when it was finished noticed a mark on it so washed it. This only made things worse because the colours ran and when I used a colour catcher to try and save the apron it just made things worse!
However, when I showed it to friends they just said that it looked vintage – so, colour running and washout can be the new vintage!
After an extended week in Solva I have returned home to all my half done projects which I need to get finshed for Christmas. As a diversion though I decided to use up some of the offcuts of Melin Tregwynt wool that I bought last year when I was in West Wales.
So, I have just completed a cushion
…and this cute little owl door stop. The plain fabric is something that I came across in my stash. Bought it quite a while ago thinking it might make good Gingerbread Men. hey ho!
Being on a roll by now I decided to finish off a lace cushion that has been on the go for sometime. In its construction I have used a vintage lace handkerchief and a variety of laces from my stash to make the lace heart. It is also embellished with pearl beads.
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Someone recently gave me some little craft bobbins and after pondering and searching for ideas I finally used them to make a Christmas garland.
A great way to use scraps of fabric. I have used Christmas cottons here but you could use brightly coloured satins.
There is no time like the present to be thinking about Christmas – the sun has gone, the temperature is dropping and the night’s are drawing in!
So, having collected a number of empty cotton bobbins over the last few months I have created some Christmas decorations with them.
The bobbin is covered with either a Christmas fabric or ribbon and a decorative bow attached. The head is a wooden bead with a felt hat attached. This has been decorated with narrow ric rac. Gold or silver cord has been used to hang it with and the bottom of the cord has little bells attached. Looks quite cute. I wonder if it will catch on?
Many thanks to good friend Hilary, the Queen of recycling who encourages us never to throw things away before thinking about recycling!
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Last Autumn I bought a bag of scraps from the Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill in West Wales and after pondering what to do with them I have finally made a few things.
Surprise surprise – Scottie Dogs!
And a few little heart key rings. The patterned ones are the Tregwynt Wool and the plain ones are made with recycled blanket.
And, I managed to use some pieces to make cushions!
Still lots more to go though!
After a long pause, I have finally finished the little quilt that is all about sewing.
This tine on a sewing roll and needle case.
I have been trying to reduce my scrap fabric stash which has been a bit of a challenge. No matter what I make it never seems to go down!
Anyway, as I had quite a few scraps of a Scottie dog fabric that I had used for a quilt I decided that it should be put to good use. And, as a result I have two or three sewing rolls and needle cases!
I have used black, red and white scraps and as well as having Scottie dogs in the fabric I have appliqued a little one on to the sewing roll as well.
The inside of the sewing roll has pockets made of clear plastic material.
Now need to get the thinking cap on again to see what else I can make from all these wonderful scraps!
Having hammered my sewing machine for a few weeks I thought it might be nice to take a break and do something different. So, I dug out a footstool that I bought at a second hand market last year, which I fully intended to renovate there and then. But, you know how these things are – the best of intent and not a lot of motivation at the time!
Anyway, I have finally done the deed and here it is.
I have re- painted the legs and covered it with elephant fabric. I have to say that I am a bit obsessed with elephants! It just needs to be finished off with some braid round the edges and the job will be complete.
What next I wonder?
Following a wonderful trip to Southern India and lots of ideas spinning round in my head I decided to use paint techniques and applique to make a small art quilt. And this is the result
The background fabric was soya waxed and dyed then over printed. The Indian woman is taken from a photo image I have from my journeys. I have painted silk with pink fabric paint and then printed over it with a wine cork and used this for her dress. The veil is made with a solid colour fabric. I have hand painted her arms and feet into the picture and made the bucket and can that she is holding from grey fabric, which has been shaded.