This lovely little china doll was one of my special friends when I was a child. I saved her to pass down to my own daughter, but that isn’t going to happen (mum of 3 boys and NO more babies!). I have decided to pass her on to my gorgeous little niece who is about to have a birthday.
Thirty five years or so of playing and storage have wreaked havoc with her dress however so I decided to make her a new one..and a new bonnet. In the true spirit of vintage , I made it from a pretty vintage embroidered cotton hand towel. I had to hand stitch a fair bit of it so unfortunately it is not removable ..that just got a bit too fiddly to do.
I even made a little nappy to go under. Her body and socks are still age stained but I think that adds to the character.
I hope my niece will love her as much as I did.I have to say it is a little sad now to say goodbye to her, she looks so pretty in her new dress.
This week I decided to go back to painting on felt. I painted a copy of a drawing I did many years ago, based on a photo I took of a diseased gum leaf. The colours were so beautiful I couldn’t resist. The sad thing was that the leaf was probably going to die from the disease.
I painted the leaf onto wool felt then machine stitched the details then did a series of french knots by hand for the fungus. It is quilted onto bamboo batting with a quilters cotton border and vintage fabric back
I decided to give it a really simple border as there is a fair bit of detail in the leaf. It is hard to see from the pictures but I have quilted the border in leaf shapes reminiscent of the large leaf.
Or maybe it goes this way?
Leading on from my last quilt..in which I pulled out all sorts of very old things to use, I decided yesterday to finally …and I mean FINALLY, use the water soluble fabric that I bought close to 20 years ago!!. Yes that is how long it takes me to get around to doing things!. I bought it when I was textiles College as it was the latest and greatest thing. I then proceeded to be a bit scared of using it. Probably because at the time it was quite expensive and as a poor student I really couldn’t afford to buy it but HAD to. I then lost it for quite a number of years.
Well after all that, yesterday I pulled it out of the plastic bag it was bought in, wondering if it would actually still work, or whether it would just disintegrate when I started stitching it. Well the miracle was that it didn’t. I didn’t get too carried away for my first attempt, just free motion stitched a graded circle using a few thread colours. I did cut some short lengths of silver thread and scattered them around so that they got stitched in as well. When it was finished, I rinsed it and it still did it’s job perfectly!. I moulded it over the bottom of a vintage sugar bowl…may as well keep the age thing going!
Terrible photo as I had to take it inside last night!
It came out like this..I sprayed some starch on it to stiffen it a bit more. I probably need to get some spray varnish or something similar I think.
It’s not very big ….. kind of small and sweet..great to keep your rings or similar in. I love the shadows it casts so it would have to be placed in just the right spot to catch the sunlight. I will definitely be making more , and have loads of other ideas as well…..thank you 20 year old disolvable fabric 🙂
Since this a journey through life, I thought that I should start right at the very beginning, my first experiences with stitching. This little sampler with it’s sweet little house was my very first, I stitched this at around four years of age and loved every second of it…it did take a while!
The other images here were all completed around the ages of 6 – 8 when I was well and truly involved with stitching. I was part of a weekly stitching group so many more pieces were made, sadly lost over the aeons of time that has passed since then!
This bottom set was a Mother’s Day gift for my mum, made when I was about 8…yes, showing my age there, I think you can tell what decade we are talking about here!…. At some point it was obviously put in the wash with something red, so now has a lovely pinkish hue!…I don’t even know who crocheted the edges for me..it wasn’t me, I have never seemed to master crochet!. I may make a new Mother’s Day gift out of them now!
So that was the beginning. The middle has been filled with many years of happy creating..not always in stitches. I did do a stint with power tools and wood and rusty metal !! But now my new journey begins……I hope you’ll share it with me.