|I've been working on all sorts of craft projects recently...making lots of new items for the fair I mentioned on my previous post, which is fast approaching, as well as stocking up my shop...|
|At first I wasn't sure how best to utilise this old hand embroidered tablecloth, that sadly was torn and stained...|
|The best thing about it was the neatly stitched flowers, so I thought I'd carefully cut them all out to use for a flower garland.|
|Lots of lovely flower motifs.|
|I supplemented them with some others I had saved from past projects.|
|Taking a reel of cotton tape from my supplies, I then stitched the flowers randomly down the length of the tape using my sewing machine.|
|Pretty garlands to add a decorative vintage touch to the home...|
I made this longer length to decorate the shop, using some pretty hand embroidered pansies...
I bought a large array of country style pieces from a friend, so set about revamping them last week. I wax polished the lovely old trug/wooden basket and painted some of the other pieces in a soft cream eggshell.
A willow basket with damaged handle was made new again with a binding of cheerful gingham fabric glued in place.
This large laundry type basket had a lining made to fit, which I fashioned from an old coffee bean sack. I carefully hand stitched it in place around the top. Perfect for storing fresh vegetables perhaps, in the farmhouse kitchen?
|I've put together another collection of garden gift sets, containing vintage garden tools, clay pots and useful gardening books.|
|This rather sad copy of Beatrix Potter's Flopsy Bunnies was damp, tattered and torn when I discovered it at a flea market - Consequently, I felt OK about cutting it up to make a collection of greetings cards.|
|I was able to rescue quite a few of the illustrations inside, trimming where necessary to avoid any watermarks.|
I made a second collection from a damaged Peter Rabbit book, too.
The 'waste-not, want-not' philosophy also had me salvaging scraps of antique fabrics in my workroom to make this final selection of cards...
|- Each trimmed with a tiny dried rose bud.|
I may save these for the Devises Fair...I've been finishing off a collection of fairy dolls for that fair too, as well as a few other one-off pieces. I shall show these on a later post.
Lots more photos of my latest handmade items can be seen on my other blog, which I have been keeping updated.
Thanks for stopping-by.
Have a great week,