Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Artigiani in Piazza

Friday 19th August I'll be in Santarcangelo with my stand so exciting! Photos will follow!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Love making pouches!

Here are some sweet pouches I made recently. Some are still available in my shop here. They are made with antique and vintage fabrics and embroideries. I completed them with handstamped fabrics, trims and handmade buttons.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Holiday in Spain

I have been quiet lately on the blog we have been away in Spain. We went to the Costa Brava, I had no idea it was so beautiful. I highly recommend a trip there!

Beautiful scenery!

 Gorgeous medieval towns with lovely shops!

 One of my favourites Cadaques!
 Inspiration everywhere!

 Waking up early in the morning at my aunts house, drinking coffee (a favourite) and stitching!

Thursday, June 30, 2016


In my previous post I forgot to mention I have made up some gorgeous mixed media kits that can be used to create your own stitched wall art. They include all manner of things like vintage buttons, antique fabric and trims, die cut shapes to applique and embroider, antique pages and each one has a divine antique theater or opera program in Italian. I just love these!

There are so many inspiring goodies in each one. This is available in my shop here.

The one  here 

A third kit is available here  

These are not only great for sewing but also to make junk journals which are super fun to make!

Wall art

Lately I have taken to making sweet stitched wall art. I greatly admire the work of Marna Lunt, Mandy Pattullo, Jessie Chorley and Jude Hill. I love the way they mix mix dofferent textiles and techniques to create new, original pieces.

For the market I participated in May in San Marino I deicded to create some pretty wall art to hang on the wall or place on a mantel. I bought vintage frames from a bric-a-brac shop and proceeded to work on my pieces.

Here they are in stitching phase!

This was the first one I completed. It's mixed media I love this technique mixing old pages with old fabrics, buttons and trims. 
I didn't like the brown frame so I decided to paint it an elephant grey which I liked a lot more!

This picture turned out to be very colourful, one of my favourites!

Finally I made this larger one using antique English eiderdowns for the base of the stitched part and then mounted on antique book pages dating to around 1898. I also added a little dimension to this one using some wire work as something was missing! I love this technique and will definitely explore it further. I still have to put this in my shop! Hopeless I know!

I have some more in progress so will have finish them and blog them later.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vintage goodness

Since my Spring market in May I've been mad about vintage and antique French and English floral fabrics. They are just gorgeous! I found some wonderful sellers on instagram and all of a sudden have a huge stash.

I can't wait to find some time to create more with these delightful beauties! I've made totes, pouches, albums, journals and pencilcases.

Here are some of the bags I made, most of which sold very quickly.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Snail mail

I love love love instagram! If you really want to be up to date with my creating it's best to keep track of my instagram account. The link is above. Anyway there  (and on Pinterest) I discovered snail mail. Nobody writes letters aymore due to email so someone (i don't know who) came up with snail mail!

Snail mail is kind of a cross between a care package and letter. You create a little folder with pockets which you then fill with small notes (letters) and items you want to send to your loved one or friend. So cool! People even decorate the envelopes and make them works of art as well!

So I made one for my siter and one for mum and I think they really loved them. Mum said she cried when she opened the packag!

For Sas: I made a needle book, some embroideries, trims and I sent her lots of die cut felt flowers and leaves in all the colours I know she loves! I may have included some die cut tags as well.

Here is Sas's needlebook. The bunny button was made by my friend.

 The embroidery in the backgorund was for Sas.

For mum: I included some embroideries, trims, die cut leaves and feathers, some old hand stamped fabrics she can use in her sewing projects, old fabric and a needlebook. I also made the folders using a heavy cardstock which I gessoed, painted, sprayed, collaged, basically went a little crazy! The pockets inside were created with a die cut pocket (love!), envelopes and antique envelopes.

Mum's folder:
Some of her goodies:

Friday, June 17, 2016

And that's not all!

Not only did the teachers receive cushions we also decided to make an album for each one. I also made an album for the teacher in the other class so there were 4.

I cover them using a mix of old and new fabrics. Inside another mummy painted some watercolour cards for each class. They were painted by Cathy Trolli. She has a facebook page and does amazing portraits from photographs! Then on each page we inserted a photo of each child and a card on which they wrote and/or drew something for the teachers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Labour of love!

As my daughter is finishing elementary school and moving onto middle school the other mother's in her class asked if I would make some cushion for their teachers. Of I said yes with great pleasure!

On one side they are embroidered with the kid's names - 20 of them. There are 3 teachers so 3 cushions and 60 names to embroider! I methodically worked through the embroidery, it took forever! To give you an idea a 5 letter name took approximately 1 hour! I used a gorgeous antique handwove hemp as the base.

Recently I've also been madly buying vintage and antique French and English floral fabrics. Just love those! So I decidied to to include a little on the reverse side. The colours in the fabrics worked well with the colours I used to embroider the names.

Finally I was also asked to embroider a quote for the teachers as well. I did this on vintage doilies which I stitched in the center.

I will certainly say these gift were a labour of love!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pretty needlebooks

Lately I' ve been making all kinds of different things. One of my favourites has been these gorgeous needlebooks. I just love them I need to make one for myself! Most of these have sold a couple are left in my shop . I will be making more soon!
I made them with vintage hand embroidered fabrics, antique and vintage trims and laces, antique fabrics and fun new bindings and trims. They are so much fun to make, I love the way the trims and fabrics clash but co-ordinate at the same time!

They have plenty of space for needles and pins but also pockets to slip your embroidery thread in, buttons, scissors, trims and so on!