mini moggies

modflowers: mini moggiesSome time ago I entered a competition run by Umbrella Prints.

You may remember that the challenge was to make something from one of their fabric scrap packs.

I chose to make a mini moggie…

modflowers: umbrella prints competition moggie Well, ever since then he (because I think he is a he) has been surveying my work table from a perch up on the bookshelves.

modflowers: umbrella prints trimmings competition mini catEven though I didn’t win the competition, I still have a bit of a soft spot for my pint-sized pussycat.

And quite a few people voted for him, so I thought it’s possible that other people might feel the same.

So when I was thinking of what to make next, I decided to make more mini moggies…

mini moggies by modflowersI like the way the all look a bit guilty and shifty, sat there in a row.

Like they’ve been cooking up something together and are trying – but failing – to look innocent.

That Umbrella Prints chap – he’s the ringleader, I reckon.

Anyway, I’m going to manufacture a mini moggie menagerie.

Miaow! ♥

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sorting out

modflowers: embellished linen shirtThis week has been a bit of a strange one.

Sort of a “week in waiting”.

It’s the week after back from holidays, the week before back to school. And as such it has provoked rather a lot of “sorting out”.

Firstly, there was all the holiday unpacking / washing to do. Never a fun thing.

And we have a plumber coming to fix a leak, which required sorting out the kitchen.

And then there was the matter of reacquainting myself with my blog. Like any exercise paused for a holiday, it was a bit of a strain getting back into it again.

Which was made infinitely harder by my website deciding to crash for some unknown reason.

With my basic level of knowledge, I am dependent upon others to help me sort this out whenever it happens. And unfortunately my web host was not very accessible, leaving me queueing for hours to get to talk to them.

And then, I thought I’d got it all sorted and said bye bye, when I realised that none of the links on my site worked any more. Sob.

Anyway, that’s now sorted too. At last.

I did a bit of sorting out of my wardrobe too –  I returned to my linen shirt and added a bit more prettiness to it.

modflowers: embellished linen shirtI used the same method as before:

- draw around the pocket onto tracing paper adding a seam allowance
- cut out new pockets from a stained, embroidered tablecloth
- tuck seam allowance under and press
- pin in place and sew on

I hand-stitched the top edge, so as to not have to remove the existing pockets from the shirt first. Because I’m lazy like that.

modflowers: embellished linen shirtThe cloth I used for the pockets is a slightly creamier colour than the shirt itself.

And I do wonder whether those particular flowers look – just a teensy bit – nipple-ish.

But generally, I think I’m sorted. ♥

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pinning down the past

Louise Saxton - A Bird in the Hand…#2, 2007  Reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulle, 126 x 76 cmAs I have mentioned before, I do have a bit of a thing for vintage embroidery.

And sometimes, I have a bit of a problem knowing what to do with it when I find myself “rescuing” it, having been unable to let all that intricate work go unappreciated.

Now I don’t know, but I do wonder whether the same feelings ever crossed Australian artist Louise Saxton’s mind.

We certainly share a love of and passion for these disappearing materials and traditions.

Louise Saxton - Red Cloud 2008. Reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulleI came across Louise’s work recently online and at first, as I imagine most people do, I thought it was all hand-stitched.

In a way it is, though not by Louise herself.

Instead she assembles her works from reclaimed vintage embroideries and textile fragments. They are held together precariously by lace pins on a backing of nylon tulle.

The lack of any stitching or glue adds to the sense of fragility, one of the themes of her work.

Louise Saxton - Ellis' Paradise 2011, after Ellis Rowan 1917. Reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulle.In salvaging the discarded, Louise’s work pays homage to the hand of other makers, both known and unknown.

She reclaims and preserves the forgotten past, whilst respecting its ephemerality.

Which of course chimes with my own passion for reclaiming vintage fabrics and using them to make something new.

Louise Saxton - Weep, 2009 (detail) Reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulleI find the delicate and ethereal beauty of Louise’s work just astonishing.

Visit her website to see more. ♥

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