Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Confessions of a Gingham Girl

The original title to today's utterances was 'Keeping makes and  mistakes' but then I noticed my loyal lifelong friend gingham had gracefully crept into nearly every picture.

I don't know if it started with my little cornflower blue gingham plimsolls I wore as a child or my mother's ruby red gingham apron..but I really do love gingham.She's classic but not too serious (and personally I suspect she has a delicious sense of humour!)

And so back to these gingham makes.Well as you have probably have guessed they are makes with mistakes.The little purse was my first attempt at using a purse frame and the stitching at the side doesn't quite reach the frame perfectly so I put it down to experience and decided to keep it.I would love to hear your opinions about the purse because I wasn't sure if the flower was edging towards going overboard(I spend many a moment on the creative gangplank wondering if I'll fall in)

I mentioned this clutch catastrophe I while back as I ironed a crease in the interfacing but have enjoyed using it myself and am yet to meet someone who can spot the crease(but I know it's there)I really like using this bag particularly because I like the floral lining.

I have actually been making wares for the Folksy shop too. I'm just finishing this patchwork 'sing' purse(spot my old friend)and I've added another leather and lace cuff to the shop too.

I just looked around my cottage and realised aside from my fabric stash I have gingham ballet pumps,bedlinen,underwear,pyjamas, cushions and a gingham blind.Perfectly normal!
I'd love to hear your pattern or fabric obsessions..
Take care

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Giveaway winner

For this giveaway I decided to be a bit more businesslike and hi-tech and use a random number generator from so I did but could not fathom how to put the actual widget on here(one modern step at a time I think)Anyway the winning number was 2 which is..

Lilipopo !!

So the Book Maiden will be winging itself off to you on Monday. Hope you like her.

Thank you to everyone that entered and all your fantastic book recommendations;I have a big long list of new books to read.

And I just added this new leather plum cuff to the shop last night.Plum is my favourite colour so have been dying to make something with this leather.

Take care 

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A Lovely Giveaway

I can't remember the last time I had a giveaway so one is well overdue.I thought this pretty 'Book Maiden' would be a suitable prize and hope you like her enough to have a go at entering.

Here are her vitals:
Hand-drawn and painted illustration of a lovely ‘book loving' lady on tea dyed vintage cotton.Pigment ink and fabric paints have been used and fixed so no fading will occur.The illustration has been embellished with embroidery,vintage fabric,lace and glass pearls.
Mounted in a wooden embroidery hoop which has been lime waxed to give it a pinky white finish. Backed with beige wool mix felt and ready to 'pretty' any wall or cosy shelf.

The winning name will be picked at random on Saturday 16th April so you have over a week to enter. and all importantly to have a chance of winning just become a follower of this here blog or a 'liker' on my Facebook page and leave a comment recommending your favourite book.Also,if you tell others about this giveaway let me know and you will be entered twice.
So good luck, 

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Finished 'Summer Wanderings' storybook embroideries

A little while back I showed you a half finished embroidery and now I can finally show you the finished article and her little friend.These pieces are inspired by my childhood memories of summer and the seemingly eternal wanderings our days(and imagination's)would take.I wanted to keep the pieces delicate and light and used small lines from Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses' which I adored as a young girl(and still do actually)I'm sure you are familiar with this classic, most people are given a copy at some point during their younger years.

I'm quite in awe of embroiderers so was slightly apprehensive about putting these lasses in my little Folksy shop as I've only used embroidery before as an embellishment on jewellery,bags, drawings,etc, not as a whole piece itself(crikey)But this is all part of my effort to try and combine my love of drawing and threads and I really enjoyed the whole process so hopefully you can follow my stitchy journey too:)

Well I best get on and do some work,hope you have a lovely day,
Take care