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embroidery fabric leaping hare linen totaliser

rainy days

This week I have diversified.

For a few hours I became an informal florist assistant arranging beautiful flowers in a very informal fashion.

Love in a mist,

love in the mist 

Lady’s mantle

lady's mantle

Hydrangea

hrdrangea

alongside  Peonies, Roses and Stocks.

I filled  jugs with wonderful combinations of blues, greens and cream

Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour
Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour

all to be taken to church in the early hours of Sunday morning with bouquets and buttonholes ready for a wedding.  I think it will have been a beautiful event and have heard that the bride loved the flowers.

 

Today I started a leaping hare on linen.

linen hare

I think he may be one of several because sewing on that linen is simply wonderful!

p.s. Apologies for the lack of Blanket Appeal updates. The blanket situation is looking much healthier and this will be illustrated as soon as the rain stops.  My Totaliser is created from chalk on a garden wall and is looking a bit sad.  When the sun shines I promise.

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City Cycle Centre Craftco drawing embroidery fabric hare Sew Much To Do Southwold wool blankets

notes from the A14

A trip to Craftco to top up their supplies.  We plugged in the ipod, turned on the windscreen wipers and headed east.  Whilst driving I reflected on how bad we are at time management; this journey was only necessary because I had missed successive last posts. Osborne Central has been intense of late (I am not the only one with deadlines to meet), sleep patterns disrupted, late late nights, early mornings, extra journeys, odd food and not enough dog walking. I am an eight hours a night person and the strain was starting to show…

In Southwold the sun was shining and the people were smiley, Sue Ryder had two woolly blankets, crayfish sandwiches were being served in The Lord Nelson and there is nowhere better to drink Adnams Spindrift.  Order has been restored.

I am working on new designs.

linen hare

Rather than wait for the UK’s supply of blankets to dry up I have started looking at other background fabrics.  Dustsheets are still in mind but between me and the hardware shop are two fabric shops… and this beautiful, beautiful linen.

linen

I am imagining French seams, covered buttons and hand stitched button holes…

From Life In An English Village:  by Edward Bawden
From Life In An English Village: by Edward Bawden

I may outsource the button holes.

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fabric mending pinterest wool blankets

sides to middle

I have lost hours, probably whole days, looking at images of mending past and present on Pinterest. From Japanese Boro, too good to waste and visable mending to things repaired so many times they have been remade completely.

mend 1

I found ths woollen blanket under a pile of sheets in Oxfam the other day.

mend2

I took my find home and spread it out.

mend 4

And saw for the first time the carefully mended patches.

mend 3

This blanket may stay whole.  Or maybe a pair of cushions sharing my work with someone elses.

mend5

Such careful invisible mending deserves to be noticed.

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emmaus fabric Heals

winter sleep

Ok two weeks in and we are tired!  It’s a symptom of January, and possibly February; rather than feeling invigorated by a New Year full of promise we just want to wake up when Spring arrives. Image

However the reason for this post was not to illustrate ‘Daughter Sleeping Under The Blanket of Calm’ but to show you the most marvelous curtains that I found recently in Emmaus  (I do occasionally shop elsewhere but not often and never first). They are currently draped over the back of a chair that is in dire need of upholstery and general maintenance. The fabric is ‘Armada’ designed for Heals by Nicola Wood,1965,  printed cotton barkcloth all blues, greys and yellow ochre, very lovely.  I am thinking about using some to make this dress merchantandmills.com but for now am happy to leave them on the back of the chair.