On a bitterly cold February day, m-o-b began to sew fifty lavender bag favours from some beautiful old French linen.
The wedding took place on a gloriously hot day in July – everything was perfect – every inch of the linen was used to help make the occasion special.
Today, it was my turn to attend a workshop!
Organised by SPAB the location was the headquarters of the William Morris Society in the coach-house of Kelmscott House, his former Hammersmith home.
We enjoyed excellent talks, inspected original prints and designs, then dived in at the deep-end to create a work inspired William Morris’s approach to craft.
My companion and I began a joint project – a cushion for her daughter – using a border designed by Anne and Morris-designed script.
We selected the shortest of the suggested Morris quotes:
‘Give me love and work – these two only’
As I had not previously encountered the double-sided interfacing used for applique and have very little embroidery experience, I was on a steep learning curve. Happily, workshop leader Susan Vickery was extremely helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our day.
The work is still in progress!
On Friday, a project which has taken over three months to plan and execute was collected. The challenge was to convert a set of ‘pre-loved’ curtains for use elsewhere in a seaside holiday home where the ‘vintage’ brown print curtains were in need of replacement. The recycled curtains, a good quality plain textured weave, were too short and there was not quite enough fabric to cover the expanse of windows in the new location.
Sid carrying out an inspection of the fabric:
The solution was to create two sets of curtains by adding blocks in complementary shades of ocean blue – representing the ocean horizon beyond.
Original heading tape and linings were retained and matched.
The result is very pleasing – 10 curtains matching top and bottom!
The fabric remnants were used to make half-a-dozen unique cushions.
Design and calculations
Most weeks, at the end of the school day, I spend a few hours in the company of a delightful 5-year old.
Today she enjoyed playing with the glass-headed pins in my favourite pincushion which once belonged to my grandmother.
Without any pins, I was able to squeeze it to extract any fine needles lurking in the middle. I was astonished by the number I found – around 70!
Sound advice from my mother is to put needles in sideways – or use a needle holder!
A weekend’s sewing to create cushions from some old, well-washed, wool that used to cover our dining room chairs!
Before: Kitten Nelly 2012
Having designed and appliqued a tree design for a personal wedding gift, she completed the project at a workshop.
A bright floor cushion compiled from scraps for Amy’s new flat.
A unique cushion
A productive day!
Sewers from the USA, Bristol and Cambridge spent a very productive day working on an apron, cushion and ‘housecoat’ – begun in the 1980s (definitely more than a dressing gown – if it is ever finished!)
A productive day!