Block printing is always so popular in my Craft Classes on board cruise ships. Everyone just loves to play with paint, colour, textiles and Block printing ticks all the boxes. I do have a wide selection of wooden printing blocks but due to weight restrictions, I have to limit the ones I take. I provide “ready to print” linen bags or tea towels and away we go.
I also provide buttons, beads and embroidery threads so that the bags can be embellished if the ladies wish. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see someone have fun and be delighted with the result. Often the ladies are unhappy because the printing hasn’t gone to plan. Usually we can recover from the mistakes using paint brushes and embellishments. And, as they say, turn the frown into a smile!
Well dear friends I am off on another cruise teaching crafts to fellow cruisers. OK I don’t go until January but I am busy preparing.
Quite a lot of work goes into the prep beforehand. This includes working out how many classes will be required, what to make and what we hope will interest any crafters from beginners to experts.
This next cruise I am planning on using some of my mountainous stash of vintage linens to make up cycled/re purposed items. This project sits nicely with my recent spell of clearing out, making space and de cluttering. I really do have an almost limitless stash of vintage linens but can’t bear just to throw it away. This way someone else will take pleasure from some of it and ( hopefully) make something useful and definitely have fun
I have spent the past week thinking about a one day project, what to do and how to do it. The prototype is now done so one project down, quite a few more to go. This project is a hanging heart made from vintage linens. It is gently perfumed with Lavender and embellished with lace, buttons and ribbons. It is aimed at taking one hour to make although we will find more time on the day.
The cruise line that we are going on is Fred Olsen and this voyage goes to Norway in early January. Fred Olsen provide wonderful cruises and look after their guest lecturers (aka craft instructors!) very well
I will update you as and when I have sorted more projects so watch this space.
A small number of large vintage cloths
On my recent trip to Madeira, Portugal I was intrigued to see beautiful samples of the lace and embroidery worked locally.
The work is very fine and mostly done by hand. The cheaper items such as tea towels and cheaper cloths are machine made. It was lovely to see the demonstrations at the Spring flower festival. I didn’t buy any on this occasion as I have so much linen I could ( in fact might!) open my own shop.
As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.
We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.
We also offer bespoke vintage bunting and hand poured candles in vintage China cups. Call for information Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party on 01352 740631
I have spent hours washing and starching lace doilies. I reckon that I’m the only person who uses starch these days. You do get a lovely stiff finish however.
At the last count I had ironed 47 doilies and 6 table cloths! This is for our new venture “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” whose launch party gets ever closer!
With the party in mind I have made Blackberry jam. Imagine freshly baked scones, clotted cream and Blackberry jam. Heaven on a plate! All served on vintage place settings.
Nanna Amys Vintage Tea Party is a hire service for very vintage China and freshly laundered (and starched) table linen. We’ve got lace, embroidery and crochet cloths to compliment beautiful mix and match vintage tea sets. It’s great fun. Perfect for a very special very vintage party. Go to nannaamysvintageteaparty on Facebook, Instagram or web page.
More candles! I’ve made a large batch of candles in tea and coffee cups for the launch event of Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. I use Soy wax, no paraffin, vintage China tea and coffee cups and a Baby Lavender perfume. Soy wax is great as it provides a slow, clean burn leaving no residue. I keep saying that I won’t make anymore then someone asks me or I have spare cups or I need to use the last bit of wax. Actually it is a simple and relaxing craft to do.
The really good news is that apart from our launch party, we have two further bookings for our Vintage China and linen hire business. Hopefully it will work out well and if not we’ve had fun. I’ve bought yet more bits and pieces but the main cost is now spent. The hardest set up is done so go Nanna Amy go!
I have mentioned Our latest venture a few times but now we are about to go more public.
We have a marketing strategy, launch date and our first real booking.
We have collected China, starched linen and made vintage bunting.
We need to solve transport of precious vintage China, delivery prices and advertising stationery.
Most of all IT IS GOOD FUN!
Our new venture is named “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” and is the hire of beautiful vintage China and freshly laundered vintage linen and lace. We also have items for staging the party or event. We will deliver set up and collect after the event and all things are very Vintage.
Watch this space for further information!
These items were acquired today and almost complete the initial purchasing of China for our start up.
What is it with all these Crinoline Ladies on my vintage linens? They were very popular in the 30s and 40s embroidery. They are often pictured under romantic flower bowers or carrying a parasol. Our American friends call them Sun Bonnet Sue or Southern Belle.
My Nanna (Grandmother) who inspired me to embroider, continued into her 80s as a competant stitch woman. In her later years she attended a City and Guilds embroidery class at her local art school. I remember her teacher saying that she was not to embroider anymore Crinoline Ladies as they were old fashioned! What a shame! Nanna didn’t care if she was old fashioned ( which of course she was). All she wanted to do was to embroider Crinoline Ladies!
Today I have found a tea pot with a Crinoline Lady on. How cool is that? OK maybe it’s my turn to be old fashioned.
I have have been increasing my stash of Vintage China and linens as I am starting a Vintage hire business in the near future. More about that soon.
I make no excuse for the fact that I have blogged about these curtains before on a previous blog because I adore them. They were made by my Nanna (grandmother) in the late 1940s early 1950s. Despite having lost three fingers from her left hand in an industrial accident in approximately 1918 Amy Kennedy went on to be a proficient needle woman.
These curtains are embroidered around three sides (you can’t see the hem) with detailed solid stitches. Nanna used linen to sew on and the curtains are also self lined. I am lucky enough to have two identical pairs of these curtains which suit my small cottage windows perfectly. They wash well but need to be treated with great respect if they are to serve another generation.
Nanna left a mini stash of embroidery which I love dearly. It is fantastic to use these items as it makes me feel as if she is still with me in some way.
Nanna Amy’s other claim to fame is that she was an active member of St Johns Ambulance Brigade. Following her life altering accident as a young woman, the wire factory gave her a job in the “Ambulance Room”(factory first aid room) where she worked for the rest of her life as a nurse. Her role as a volunteer “nurse” with St Johns took her to Liverpool during the bombing of the docks of World War 2. Here she stayed for the worst days helping the injured with emergency first aid. What a woman!
I am so proud of my Grandmothers achievements that I am thinking of her today on Mothering Sunday here in the UK. With this thought may all women, mothers or otherwise, have an exceptionally good day today.
As as I mentioned a few blog posts ago I am going to run a couple of craft classes demonstrating how to make vintage bunting. The courses have now “gone public” and it will be interesting to see what the uptake is-hopefully good. I’m in a win win situation, happy if I do and happy if I done! Mind you it would be nice to have some candidates!
I have been constantly been sorting through my stash of vintage linens which is fun. I have more than enough for these courses. My head is full of exciting ideas on how to use these textiles. I have thought of linen aprons, upcycled bags, rag dolls made from beautiful old linens and possibly book covers. Trawling though Pinterest provides a constant source of inspiration. The BIG problem is that there is a danger of spending more time thinking about what to make than actually making anything.