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Brickwork Patchwork Cushion

It’s been one of *those* weeks, what with one thing and another – nothing earth-shaking, just an accumulation of petty annoyances and niggles that hit their I-must-deal-with-this zenith all at the same time.

Consequently, I’m a little late posting the finished version of my brickwork patchwork blocks, in their final trip-around-the-world form. I hope you’ll forgive me?

All blocks done and stitched together:

Now to remove the basting and papers … talk amongst yourselves – it’s rather tedious, if straightforward.

At this point, because it’s such a small block (30cm x 30cm) I could have left it unquilted, and just lined the cushion cover to hide away all the seams, but it really, really wanted quilting … just to add that little bit of plumpness and touchability to the overall.

I had enough of the dark red indian cotton for this, so I used that as the backing (right side out) and just ran a machine stitch around the outlines of the colour blocks, with a nice thick wedge of wadding in between ….

I had a lovely strip of dark orange satin ribbon for the binding …..

Envelope closing with a couple of buttons …..

And I made little beaded tassels for the corners. The tassels are just from some chenille yarn I had in the basket, and I wish I could remember where those gorgeous, iridescent orange beads came from … and that I had more of them! Sometimes it’s hard to part with my hoarde, even if it is perfect for the project in hand.

I am happy-happy with the result! And so is my customer … she was absolutely thrilled with it – yay!!

If you want one of my cushions, why not check out my Etsy shop, or for a bespoke order, please do get in touch.

Caramel Dream

I’ve created a range of corsages and hair adornments, picking up on the soft chocolate browns and oranges that I’m seeing everywhere at the moment.

Each piece is made using salvaged fabric from old garments, pieces of vintage material and other remnants, and an assortment of costume jewellery and found beads, buttons and other objects. Just about anything that catches my Magpie eye will get used in my work, one way or another …

These hair clips incorporate broken pieces of gold dress watch chain, old copper cufflinks, an antique clock key and sequins salvaged from a dress – the spares that come in a little baggie, like you’ll ever sew them back onto the dress 😉

All the pieces in this collection are worked in a gorgeous bold vintage cotton print – overblown cabbage roses. The pattern lent itself to these floral corsages with brass buttons gleaming at their centres. The pleated hair comb is hand-beaded, using coral beads recovered from a broken necklace.

These corsages are again worked using the same vintage cotton fabric, but this time incorporating a chocolate brown knit, obtained by felting down a motheaten old sweater. This time, the flowers look more like carnations than roses, and the deliberately frayed edges of the cotton work well with the softness of the knit. The orange stone in the big chocolate knit corsage came from a vintage pendant, and the beads are again coral, and again from a broken necklace.

This set of alice bands and hair-comb was inspired by the 40’s. The fabric has been stiffened before attaching, giving an elegant, structured shape that seems to float on the hair. A hint of sparkle is added with old buttons from the almighty stash ….

I love these pieces – parting with them is so difficult! Still, I have been strong (and because I made myself realise that I’d never wear *all* of them 🙂 ), so you can see these and more in my Etsy shop … or, if you’d like a bespoke service, please do contact me