Thursday, March 29, 2018

18th Century lady's "Hussiff" or Pocket March 2018

I have been pinning pictures of these pretty things for ages on Pinterest. Some hussiffs are embroidered, some are pieced, some are both. They were tied to a woman's belt (often underneath her petticoat) and used to keep sewing materials in or keys or the like.

When Nat visited me a couple of weeks ago we decided we would make a couple of different ones: a pieced one and an embroidered one. They seemed to have become a little art form a bit like fans or netsuke in Japanese art. There are many lovely examples on our Pinterest boards. Below is the pieced one I finished a couple of days ago. It is made from reproduction civil war fabrics.
 Front of "hussiff" (above). Pockets were frequently made from scraps. They didn't waste their fabric!
Pocket back (above)
 Close-up of rabbits and embroidery (above)
Close-up of rabbit appliqued with buttonhole stitch. Nat and I decided to applique rabbits to the pockets in memory of our visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales a couple of weeks ago to see the magnificent "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries dating from 1500.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Annie's bird table runner February 2018

I used the triangle ruler for the first time on this table runner which has Australian baby birds on it. A very sweet fabric. I could have done better on joining the stripes on this one. The others are better.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Retro Baby Shawl 2017/2018

 I've been making these beautiful shawls for many years and they are much treasured by recipients. A number of people told me that their babies loved putting their fingers through the holes. The frilly/frothy effect on the outside of the shawl makes it especially attractive. My first one was made for my daughter 43 years ago. I also took great delight in making one for her first baby in 2005. It's an old Golden Hands pattern from the 70s which I still think has not been bettered as a very special heirloom baby gift.
The close-up above shows the delightful detail of the central flower. The shawl took me over a year to make because it was only worked when I had no hand sewing to do for my quilting. By the time you get to the outside rows it takes a few hours to get around each row so it needs patience towards the end. The materials for this shawl (3 ply white acrylic) were gathered from many secondhand stores by friends in Yarnspinners. Thanks everyone! I can't tell just by looking at it that it was made from a bunch of scraps. Acrylic yarn has its uses doesn't it? The shawl is very soft, very white and can be washed often in the washing machine. It's strong, resilient and stain resistant.

Mug Bags for Lena, Maria of Yarnspinners and Lis of Global Piecers. Feb 2018

 I always make mugbags for any new members of Yarnspinners. These belong to Lena and Maria who recently joined. I always enjoy doing these so that they match with the chosen mugs.

The bag above is the same style as the mugbags but will probably not be used to store a mug. It's for Lis in my Global Piecers Group. She lives in England and I met her on my wonderful shibori trip to Japan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas sewing Nov/Dec 2017

I belong to a small international group of quilters who exchange fabrics and blocks during the year. It's great fun getting a package from overseas every few months. This year we are exchanging some Xmas blocks and fabrics. I am turning my pretty blocks into Xmas presents for family and friends. I'm also finishing some of those dreaded UFOs that I started several years ago. See my halo? Here are some of the things I have sewn in the last couple of weeks.
I so enjoyed making the treeskirt for Suze I decided to make another:

I also made a bunch of table toppers some of which could also be used as placemats:

 Some children's placemats are part of the bundle:

.....and a Christmas table runner:

There's a set of placemats too!

As you can see I'm all in favour of loud colours for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Suze's Treeskirt Dec 2017

Suze wanted a black and white treeskirt. I got her to choose the fabrics. She has a black Xmas tree with white decorations and her tastes are very minimalist. I was given a really nice pattern at the Mascot craft group that I go to. It's very simple and easy to make being composed of 18 wedges.. a bit like a gored skirt. The most complicated thing about it is the binding which has to be cut on the cross because the treeskirt is circular and the binding needs to be stretchy for the curves.

I liked the pattern so much I made another for a Christmas gift. Not finished yet.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Auntie Heather's Quilt: her 90th birthday present, October 2017

 Here is Auntie Heather's Quilt. She likes Autumn colours and is celebrating her 90th birthday, the matriarch of the clan. I've been working feverishly on it because her birthday was last Saturday. It won't be very late. It's a coverlet (two layers and no wadding) because she lives just outside Brisbane and there's not much call for warm things in the tropics.

Auntie Heather really loved her quilt!