Wednesday, February 18, 2009

collaged vintage linen coverlet

I started this in 1996, the year we moved back to the city. It started out to be just a table cloth but it grew and grew. This really isn't a very good picture, but it is the best I could do. It is made from vintage linen, doilies, ribbon , worn out table cloths, bits of lace, ribbon embroidery,regular embroidery, a bit of applique and anything else I could think of to add on. Below is a close up of one area. Notice the LOVE label, it is one of my favorite parts, I collect labels from clothing that are pretty and interesting and use them on my things. There are many ribbon flowers and some beads and pieces of doilies and such.

This area is done with lace edging and ribbon flowers and embroidery,the back ground is a table cloth that was very damaged so I just used the good parts. You can click on it and see it much larger.

This kinda reminds me of the Moon with clouds passing over it. Some more lace,blue silk ribbon, ribbon flowers, and silk ribbon embroidery for the baby rose vine.

You can see here how some of the miscellaneous pieces come together, I added the silk yo yos and the flowers.

Isn't this butterfly grand? It is quite large, I appliqued it down ad added some tiny lace for it's feelers.

You can see the meeting of a napkin, a doily, I just added a few flower with embroidery and in the left corner you can see some pretty fuchsias made from ribbon backed by some pretty lace.

This is an appliqued heart from a satin Morie material, that I covered with silk ribbon embroidery flowers. It is surrounded by tatting lace.

Well that is the tour, there is more to it than just these pictures but you get the idea. It took quite a while to make, and I might still add more, if the mood strikes. Also if you look closley you can see that some of the pieces are stained. I didn't get to conserned about it then, but it might be a consern now if I did another one. TTFN

Friday, February 13, 2009

Party Hat.

I call this my "Party Hat." It is the shade for my antique floor lamp. I found the barrel shade at a garage sale and recovered it with the lavender material. Then added the ribbon, lace and flowers. Sorry about the double pictures but I was having trouble with my browser and tried several times to load my pictures and this is the results I got today.

Below is a close up of the center of the shade. The wide pink ribbon is actually satin blanket binding, another garage sale find. I made the pink wisteria type flowers from satin ribbon and the lavender roses from wired ribbon. The dark green leaves are satin. The Lace is vintage Chantilly lace. And if you noticed the little dragon fly, it is a lapel pin.

Below. This is a close up of the far right side, you can see the lace better. The flowers are made with satin and wired ribbon.

This is the far left side, the butterfly is lace , and you can see the purple tassels. Again all the flowers are satin and wired ribbon.
This a close up of the center part of the lamp shade, the double tassel is one of my favorite parts. I really like the way this shade turned out. It has been setting in my parlor ( so dubbed by a young man not myself). It makes me smile. I hope it did the same for you. TTFN

Friday, February 6, 2009

Needle case

I made this needle case from a doily, it is a 9" circle. I just folded it in half to make the out side of the case. The crocheted lace was already on it I just wove the ribbon thru the loops and tied a bow. Then I made the material for the hearts by quilting together lots of pink fabrics, and then machine quilting them. I added vintage buttons on the hearts and at the base of the bow. On the back I did some embroidery to hold it all together. I used a chain stitch.

I made two pages of a felt type fabric for the needles and what ever else you might need,and secured the largest one with some french knots on either side.

Here is the detail of the rayon seam binding I attached down the center. I did the feather stitch in pale green embroidery thread and the french knots in pink. This added detail is the best part I think.

It was a fun and easy project. It would make a great gift to a sewer, or just something cute to sit on a vanity table to hold safety pins or even jewelry. TTFN

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My girl

This is my girl. I think she is quite stunning, but then I am her Mom, even so she is a head turner and has been since she was 12 years old. I wish I was half as beautiful. This picture was taken the night we went to see Phantom Of The Opera. It was a beautiful night. We went to dinner at a wonderful restaurant, had a great bottle of wine, then the Opera. We had to sit a bit high in the balcony, and I discovered I have a bit of vertigo.
The Opera was just wonderful, the music was so beautifully done, and the singers had great voices. My favorite part was when the boat with Christine went thru the fog to the underground grotto. I couldn't believe they could do that on a stage. It was a magical evening, and it was all a gift from the beautiful girl in this picture. MY BABY. TTFN

Monday, February 2, 2009

Silk ribbon

Isn't this beautiful ribbon? It is silk, so soft and such great colors. The large will go to make ribbon flowers and the smaller I will use in my ribbon embroidery. Have I mentioned I love ribbon. :)

I must admit these are my favorite colors. Hot pink, purple, baby pink, set off by green. These will make up beautifully . I buy and use vintage ribbon when I can find it, I think it is so much better than today's ribbons not quite so stiff, it makes prettier flowers and leaves. TTFN