Friday, May 28, 2010

Tatting border

I think tatting is a gorgeous art form and consider myself lucky to have a few pieces in my textile collection. This is a favorite. I'm planning on making something pretty so I can use it as a border but my problem is that the tatting, while in the round, is not quite a circle and not quite a square. I absolutely do not want to cut into it so I may have to do some creative attaching.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A repurposed antique

I love this piece of embroidery. It was done by my great aunt and looks similar on both sides. It is a tea pot cover/warmer and was used on special occasions.
One day I was taking a closer look at it and realized it had been re-purposed. When I looked at the inside seams I saw it had originally been a long rectangular table runner that had been cut down and sewn back together. There is another table runner somewhere that matches it. You can still see some of the embroidery in the seams.
I'm contemplating taking some of the pieces from my collection that have been stained and re-using them so that they can have a second life :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Airing out some of my antique textiles

All made by my grandmothers and great aunts. I do have colors but I just felt like sharing some of the white/cream/ecru ones :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Project update - Cushion cover

I finally got out of Bellevue (by myself) yesterday, mainly to try out a couple of the roads that I need to drive along on Thursday. Parts are cracking open from the flood and one of the bridges is being worked on but on the whole it looks like I can get to where I need to be.
While I was out I headed over to Joanne Fabrics and got the other color I need for my pillow.

While I was out I headed over to Joanne Fabrics and got the other color I need for my pillow and some of the additional supplies I need for an SS project.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Project update - Cushion cover

I'm making some progress. Some parts of it will make more sense once my other color is added in :) Some of the loose-ish looking stitching will tighten up once the pillow form is added.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A project of a different nature

My santa sampler cushion is no more, ribbit, ribbit.
My brain is somewhat under stress from the catastrophic weather that has hit us so has gone on linear stitching mode :)
I'm still making a cushion and when it is complete it will be navy and (hopefully) lime green.