I took advantage of a free, dismal April Monday to mooch along Goldhawk Road’s many fabric shops to pick up material for various projects. Amazingly, I only succumbed to two lengths that were not on my shopping list!
From top to bottom:
– Wedding outfit (silk/cotton Liberty @ £13)
– Bridesmaid kimonos (cotton @ £3.99)
– lining/top ‘couldn’t resist’ (silk/cotton @ £6.00)
– ‘Gentleman’s’ dressing gown (hand-woven silk @ £25)
– Tie project (cotton velvet @ £10)
– Winter skirt ‘couldn’t resist’ (dog’s tooth tweed wool @ £12)
– recycling maternity cordoroy dress project (polyester jaquard lining @ £4.50 and jumbo cord (cotton @ £7.50)
– recovering sofa mattress (wool herringbone @ £8.00)
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
This weekend was another dull one weather-wise, time to brighten up two scruffy old boards:
(1) Ironing Board (thank you Caroline for the remnant).
Use old cover as template and lining
(2) Friends of Rock Road Library Noticeboard (thank you Pat for the vintage fabric)!
A simple curtain panel was required for two awkward windows in a French alpine chalet (Caroline’s old curtains came in handy again)!
Sid is satisfied that this chair is comfortable and worth recovering – with fabric sourced from the WI Denman college. Rachel’s helping create a pattern from the old cover.
Visiting a friend for a relaxing weekend was a mistake as she had a chair that needed recovering!
Sue made this cute pony when her granddaughter was still a dream, toy and baby Martha are now acquainted!
Too much mane?
A delightful two days at Charleston (home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) learning how to reupholster the traditional way!
The main challenge was squeezing the piano stool in a suitcase for the journey by train (the footstool was my second effort).
At Amy & Jack’s wedding, each of the twelve tables was adorned with a hessian runner decorated with a symbol at each end appliqued by the bride, her mother and father (with a little help) which corresponded to a poem displayed on the table!
The themes were: Nightingale; Spring Rain; Thyme; Thames Path; Maps; Spiral; Oranges; Lone Star; Swing; Water Lily; Bronze; New York.
One day, the decorations will be incorporated into a cover for a piano.