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An apron for a birthday present
I raided my various stashes for this apron. The main body of the apron is made from a linen tablecloth, the edge, of which, I used to create the hem. The sides were just folded over and stitched. For the band and ties I used vintage fabric with a 70s design...
I raided my various stashes for this apron. The main body of the apron is made from a linen tablecloth, the edge, of which, I used to create the hem. The sides were just folded over and stitched. For the band and ties I used ...
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Rose pillow
This pillow is made from a patch of pink and cream linen and cotton
fabrics. The largest is cream linen that is covered in hand embroidered
flowers and stems (it's something I embroidered many years ago). To the right of this a piece of cream and dusky pi...
This pillow is made from a patch of pink and cream linen and cotton fabrics. The largest is cream linen that is covered in hand embroidered flowers and stems (it's something I embroidered many years ago). To the right of this...
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A blue lavender pillow
The top of this pillow is made from thick cotton fabric that has a
greige (think dark cream with a touch of grey) background with airforce
blue printed images. This has then been embellished with an image of an
Edwardian lady dressed in the same colour b...
The top of this pillow is made from thick cotton fabric that has a greige (think dark cream with a touch of grey) background with airforce blue printed images. This has then been embellished with an image of an Edwardian lady...
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An embroidered flower brooch.
This brooch is made from a fragment from a vintage, damaged
tablecloth that has been mounted onto green linen and lined with
buttonhole lace. More embroidery has been added to the green linen,
including lots of french knots and the words 'spring flowers'...
This brooch is made from a fragment from a vintage, damaged tablecloth that has been mounted onto green linen and lined with buttonhole lace. More embroidery has been added to the green linen, including lots of french knots a...
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Birthday cards
I've made a flurry of birthday cards in the last couple of weeks.  TTFN Louise
I've made a flurry of birthday cards in the last couple of weeks.  TTFN Louise
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May day mug rug swap.
This is only the second mug rug that I have made and was for my partner in the may day mug rug swap. I used some of my fabric samples to create the patches and added an image of a vintage bulb advert. I did this entirely by hand as my machine sewing isn't g...
This is only the second mug rug that I have made and was for my partner in the may day mug rug swap. I used some of my fabric samples to create the patches and added an image of a vintage bulb advert. I did this entirely by h...
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Brooches
I'm busily trying to make things to sell for a fair I'm doing in early June and these are three of the brooches that I've made for it. This first one is made from a scrap from a damaged tablecloth, vintage fabric, lace and buttons. The embroidered scrap is ...
I'm busily trying to make things to sell for a fair I'm doing in early June and these are three of the brooches that I've made for it. This first one is made from a scrap from a damaged tablecloth, vintage fabric, lace and bu...
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Button flower brooch
This organic oval brooch has been made from lace fabric that I have
created myself from muslin and scraps of lace and silk and free motion
embroidery. I then embellished this with chain stitch stems, each ending
in either a mother of pearl button or a sm...
This organic oval brooch has been made from lace fabric that I have created myself from muslin and scraps of lace and silk and free motion embroidery. I then embellished this with chain stitch stems, each ending in either a m...
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Reinventing the page 5 - design sheets 1 and 3
Although the course has now ended, there's still so many things that I can relating both to what I've learnt and the designs I've created.  I've bought myself an A3 ledger (a bargain from Wilko at £4, it's not very thick paper, but it's perfect to mount my ...
Although the course has now ended, there's still so many things that I can relating both to what I've learnt and the designs I've created.  I've bought myself an A3 ledger (a bargain from Wilko at £4, it's not very thick pa...
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Reinventing the page 4 - design sheet 2
Above, is my original design sheet 2 ( read that blog post ). I have redrawn it slightly, as the three flowers on the right were a bit squished up and then recoloured it in green and pinks. I also changed the centres of the flowers. I could keep recolouring...
Above, is my original design sheet 2 (read that blog post). I have redrawn it slightly, as the three flowers on the right were a bit squished up and then recoloured it in green and pinks. I also changed the centres of the flo...
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Reinventing the page 3 - design sheet 2
I've used these three images as inspiration for my second design sheet. Below are the rough drafts for the shapes I wanted to use. I've used different colours to see which would work best for the final sheet. I made some templates to make reproducing these ...
I've used these three images as inspiration for my second design sheet. Below are the rough drafts for the shapes I wanted to use. I've used different colours to see which would work best for the final sheet. I ...
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Reinventing the page 2 - Design sheet 1
This is my finished design sheet 1 (you can see how I created this sheet on my first Reinventing the page post). I think that this has a bit of a space age feel, especially with this colour scheme of the blue and green. I'm going to create another version o...
This is my finished design sheet 1 (you can see how I created this sheet on my first Reinventing the page post). I think that this has a bit of a space age feel, especially with this colour scheme of the blue and green. I'm g...
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I'm a maker and lover of all things fabric and thread.
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Married to my darling (and long-suffering) husband Ray
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