I’m still busy putting together my next craft cruise projects. This clock is just one craft that I’ve been working on. I’m not certain if it will make it to the final suitcase as I have really struggled with the clock mechanism. I suspect it’s a case of buy cheap get rubbish so I will need to review what to do. This is something that I embroidered but I did plan for my class members to up cycle vintage linens. As I have already bought thirty embroidery hoops I may need some inspiration as to how to use them! I will let you know how it goes. By the way has anyone got any good project ideas using thirty embroidery hoops?
Another project “in the bag” for when we go on our crafty cruise in January. K and I are working hard at putting the ideas, examples, and textiles together. We aim for all this to be done prior to Christmas so that we can sit back and relax. The preparation is hampered by the fact that we both have other cruises booked with our husbands in December. How lucky are we?
The latest project is a cover for coat hangers using upcycled vintage textiles. Many of these vintage cloths have beautiful embroidery and have lace on them. Many are damaged with wear and tear so this is a good way to re purpose these lovely old textiles. The project is worked using hand stitching, lots of imagination and is great fun. Hopefully this project will appeal to people who can sew and people who can’t as part of the delight of demonstrating these items is helping them to finish an item. And enjoy the result.
Each coat hanger cover includes a pocket in which I have put a perfumed piece of linen or could be used to hide jewellery. Neat!
Just two more projects to go so watch this space……
Hello dear Blogging friends! This week has seen the launch of Darling Daughter and my new business venture, Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. The launch day happened to be my birthday ( yes ANOTHER one!). We used the excuse to have a tea party in the local village hall, it was fab!
Invitations were printed and sent out.
The embroidered cloths are just lovely many of which were embroidered by my Nanna Amy more than fifty years ago. I have spent weeks starching and ironing.Darling Daughter took the pictures and found appropriate Vintage music.
We baked cakes and made sandwiches.
The event was a practice run for us to see how our collection of vintage China and linens would look in a party setting. We learned a lot from this first party. It took quite a while to set up and clear away. We need more pastry forks, jam pots and cake slicers. We need party bookings such as Christenings, weddings, hen nights, baby showers and special birthdays.
The marketing push is planned to start next week with the printing of flyers and their distribution. Most importantly we are having fun and Nanna Amy’s linen legacy is being used and loved.
Hubs, Benji dog and I have travelled to The Lake District, Cumbria in Damnvan. We are trying to make the most of the weather but British weather is notoriously unpredictable. At this moment it is warm and dry-always a bonus.
Yesterday we went to Grasmere ( yummy Gingerbread there! Oh and the home of William Wordsworth!) We walked up to Eskdale Tarn from Grasmere, around the head of the valley and back to Grasmere. This is not a very long walk but particularly hard underfoot. It certainly made me determined to improve my fitness somewhat. The views were lovely, the picnic good and Benji loved it.
We visited Ambleside, which is a Lakeland town full of outdoor kit shops and hiking fashion items that it is hard to live without! We did have a nice day as I found a charity shop and a couple of textile bargains.
These two items cost me the grand total of £1.50p They are destined to be upcycled into various “useful” items which I will brag-sorry blog about, at some point in the future. The charity shop in which I found them was The British Heart Foundation, a worthy cause.
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.
You do meet nice people at craft fairs! At a recent Christmas Craft Fair I met a lady who has just renovated a property, converting it to a venue for craft workshops. These workshops are about to get up and running and she has asked me to run a workshop making my up cycled bunting. This is pictured above and I use worn out or damaged embroidered lace doilies, tray cloths and table cloths. So if anyone has spare vintage embroidery or lace you know where it will find a good home! The bunting I had made was not for sale but just used to dress up my candle stall but maybe next time!
The workshops are to be held in a near by village called Caerwys, check out http://www.coachhousecaerwys.co.uk This is a beautiful location and an original “coach house” fabulous.
Whilst cruising through Pinterest I spotted the recycled tote bag as pictured above. Maybe just maybe, this could be the inspiration for another workshop. Perhaps I could use recycled beads? I could incorporate quilting, embroidery, buttons. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The list is endless!
I enjoy buying these perfumed drawer sachets as a treat. Now I know that they are expensive but I store them with my crafts creations, for example my knitting bag. When a project is complete it usually smells divine. Don’t tell anyone but this is an accidental sneak preview of someone’s surprise Christmas present. I will show you the whole picture when the gift is given!
Today a parcel from ebay arrived. Six lush pieces of vintage textiles. I really do have loads of vintage embroidery and lace but I can’t bear to part with most of it! I will need to part with some as I am planning to lead a craft class of up cycled textiles early in 2015. With this in mind I have purchased more vintage table cloths and lace and doilies for not a lot of money. Maybe they are too nice to part with!
I will tell you more about the craft/up cycling classes when I know what I’m doing! I am thinking along the lines of up cycled bunting and maybe recycled cushion. The venue is nearly sorted so then it will be all go to organise the event.
Some of you may (or may not!) remember that in August I blogged about my much loved vintage blanket. Well I have to report that it has befell a tragic incident. Benji the dog seems to have taken an interest in it and virtually destroyed it. This is the only item that he has wrecked since he moved in with us twelve months ago and I’m still in a state of shock. He seems to enjoy pulling at loose threads and I think he took a fancy to the blanket’s fringe.
I remember Reminiscing about my childhood illnesses virtually being cured when I was wrapped in it as a child and my Mum attempting a vintage repair. Ah well! Nothing lasts forever as they say! I cannot bring myself to throw it out so maybe I will come up with a recycling project for it. I will report on this when I am over the shock.
This blanket is truly vintage. Now this is a secret but I KNOW it to be truly vintage because it was bought for me when I was a baby and I am vintage! Don’t tell anyone.
This blanket has kept me warm during Measels, Mumps and a Tonsilectomy. It has helped me through childhood illnesses and now is used in my Campervan AKA Damnvan1. I just adore the fact that my Mum repaired it many years ago and it’s still going strong. I covered my kids with it and still snuggle under in times of need and it was always called a Travel blanket. I wonder how many modern blankets will make “vintage”?