Saturday was a great day, gambettola antique market was on. So exciting as it's only on twice a year and all the streets are filled with wonderful stalls. I took a few photos of one of my favourite stalls and of course my little stash!
My Gambettola stash! So many great deals to be had! Gorgeous handwoven antique hemp and linens to be had for fab prices. I bought a few little goodies for Lulu too as she really wanted to come but I didn't let her as there were 4 of us and we walk for hours and hours! Way too much for a 9 year old! She was happy with her pressies - the 2 tins (now filled with her ever growing stash), some trims and doilies.
Lulu was instantly inspired by the vintage embroidered tablecloth, here is a photo of her working on a vintage style embroidery - all her own design. Such a proud mummy!
My favourite stall, besides of course the ones selling fabrics and trims!
I'm so in love with my Kantha quilts I've been dying to make some new goodies with them. I finally finished my orders last week and got started on some new duffle bags. I made 5 of them and love each one. I din't line them so as to not cover the lovely reverse side of the quilts. The bags are soft and light great for travel, carrying your sewing/knotting around or even great as a gym/yoga bag. The handles are made with a strong jute strap which should soften a little with usage. I think they're great as they are textural and give the old quilts some support! Available in my shop
Here is my first wall hanging which I made for Lulu. I've been a bit flat lately creativity wise, you may have noticed! I came across a wonderful textile artist Marna Lunt on Pinterest. I thought her work was very interesting so decided to pop over to her blog. Once there I saw she has online courses so after a lot of procastination I signed up. It was so much fun, although I knew many of the techniques already I still found it very stimulating. There is also a great community feel about her course as she creates a private Facebook group as well so we can all share our projects and converse. I've signed up for level 3, can't wait for it to start!!! In the menatime I may play around with another wall hanging.
So here is my stash from the markets yesterday. Lulu and I had so much
fun together, I'm thrilled that at 9 years of age she already has an
appreciation for these things! I bought a lot of antique lace trims
with many different textures. I can't keep up with my growing stash of
old trims, I madly buy them at every market in fear that one day they'll
run out (Or my hubby says 'let's move to Oz' and they won't be so
readily available there)!
Next week is Rimini antique market and the week after Gambettola. The
latter is amazing the whole little town is an antique market, it's only
held twice a year. Definitely worth a visit!
These are some sweet pillows I made for my firend's children for Christmas. Lulu had a quilted pillowcase and she loves it. Sleeps on it every night! It's very durable- I wash it in the machine and throw it in the dryer and it's perfect!
Well this is something new! I was asked to make a 'good behaviour' chart with pockets for each day of the week. At first I was a little perplexed but once I conversed further with my client I got a better idea of how it should be. She wanted it to have a fairytale theme so there are a mix of figures in it. My favourite is the fairy godmother!
It ended up with bright pink pom pom trim on the bottom!
My son started by making a Darth Vader Bunny then just made Star Wars characters- Kit Fisco, Darth Vader, Yoda, Darth Maul and General Grievous.
It seemed to catch on with the boys and there were pipe cleaners Light Sabers galore!!! So cute as some of these were made by 4 & 5 years olds. I also love the Shaun the Sheep that one of the kids made with a massive head!!
They also made lots of Easter baskets made out of a paper plate. I
didn't get photos of them as the kids were off doing an Easter Egg hunt
while I was photographing the rest. Here is my sample and the idea came from here......