Thursday, January 26, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
One of my goals for 2012 is to make inroads into my existing stash of vintage textiles, rather than continuing to add to it. For 11 years I've been intending to turn this gorgeous appliqued and embroidered tablecloth (unusable as such because of a large yellow stain in the middle) into pretty pillowcases. I made a pair today, and there's probably enough fabric remaining to make a couple more besides.
(detail and back-view)
I like to look after my books, but I also like to take a book away with me when I travel, which brings with it the risk of the book getting damaged. An easy problem to resolve as it turns out. Using a small cross-stitched table-runner, I sewed two seams along the edges, and hey presto, a practical and pretty bookbag!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A friend gave me a big bunch of rhubarb last week, tied up with a length of beautiful emerald green string. She said the string came from the Trade Aid store. I dropped into the Takapuna branch of Trade Aid the other day and found a basket of string at the back of the shop. It is organic hemp twine made by a collective of women in Bangladesh. I bought six balls. There's 75 metres of twine per ball and lots of kinds to choose from. They cost $3.90 for the single colour balls and $4.90 for the two-colour and multi-colur balls. I imagine there are all kinds of uses for this pretty string, so I'll have fun experimenting.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
My decision to use hessian for the installation of octagons and starbursts was purely nostalgic, recalling my first experiments in school sewing classes making oven mitts from scratchy pieces of hessian that we decorated with clumsy cross-stitch designs.
Jill McDonald (1927-1982)
Photo taken in the 1960s when Jill was working at Penguin Books.
Reproduced in A Nest of Singing Birds by Gregory O'Brien (Wellington: Learning Media) 2007: 126.
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope 2012 is shaping up well for you.