Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Recycled Linen (2)




When I started "blogging", I seriously under estimated the amount of inspiration and motivation I would get from fellow bloggers! As a result of this clever lady's post I dug deep into my collection of old linen and found a tray cloth I picked up for pence at a car boot. It was already beautifully embroidered to a standard I could never hope to reach. However, I did feel confident enough to add some text using transfers from this fab book. The text I've embroidered looks as if it's getting smaller but I promise it's the angle the pic was taken at! Using some quilt fabric I turned the finished linen into a cushion. It's such a good feeling to give these old pieces "new life" and in a way pay respect to the women who spent hours stitching them in the first place.

17 comments:

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hello! Love your blog!

I just love old linens and I so admire women that would spend hours doing needlwork. To think how little money we pay for some things today when it took them so many hours to make... I love your pillow!!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty said...

That is so pretty. You did a great job!

Gill said...

That's so pretty, yet another project to add to my list! I'll have to take a look at the book too, I can never have enough craft books.
Can I pick your brains? I'm also new to Blogger. How do you add a link in a post so that it displays your own text and not just the web address? I'm sure it's simple. I'd be really grateful for your advice.
Thanks a bunch
Gill

Shropshire Girl said...

Oh dear! Another irresistable blog to check out every day! Where am I going to find the time? I shall put you on my favourite list if that's ok. I know what you mean about ufo's, I seem to have a few of those myself, it's been good to start my blog as it has given me incentive to finish a few (otherwise what would I photograph?). Love the pillowcase, I would never have thought of doing something like that.

Ragged Roses said...

These are beautiful - it's wonderful being able to recycle things. So many ideas ...

Gill said...

Mary, ignore my question about adding links, I've found out from the Help page...doh! Should've thought about that earlier, it's got all I need to know.

Gill

Clare said...

Hi Mary, you've made a really pretty cushion there - and how wonderful to add your own touch to something! Clare x

Angel Jem said...

Na na na na na

Angel Jem said...

Sorry, that was rude of me. Thank you for popping over to my place. Hope to see you again soon & I love the embroidered cushion

Allison said...

Your pillow is very pretty and the embroidery looks great. I've never done any embroidery myself so I'm always so impressed by people who do it, and then to make a pillow in addition! It's so lovely.

allie from minneapolis
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

IsabellasCloset said...

I love vintage linens.. yours are so lovely! What a precious blog you have, it is a delight to visit. Thank you for taking the time to vist mine and for your comment about blogging... Your words have been a big help! You sound like you are a very busy Gal. Glad you get so much enjoyment out of blogging :-}~Mary~aka Bella

Alison said...

Mary that's beautiful work. Your stitching works perfectly with the lady who was responsible for the roses in the corners. I wonder who she was?

That book has been on my wish list for a while now as have many others!

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Always lovely to read.

Nicky said...

Hi Mary! Thanks for visiting my blog, and in return I have found yours! You make such lovely things... Im glad we share a love of recycling gorgeous vintage fabrics. I get such a kick out of it! Nice to meet you.

cherry menlove said...

I think your embroidery work is beautiful and the fact that you are paying tribute to those gone before, make it even more special.

Cherry xx

Gillybean said...

I know what you mean about finding inspiration from other bloggers, I always look foward to seing what you've been doing and checking in on some of your commentors, you have a great readership. I have been looking for some interesting jerseys so I can try out boiling one and making a bag like you did. They also can be made into great leggings for toddlers who like water play in winter. I'll keep you posted.

acorn and will said...

You are so good to hand embroider, that looks amazing, I keep wanting to do it but haven't had the confidence yet! To answer your question, yes I did create the pattern from the Delphine, I had seen a bag like it but wanted slightly different proportions - I shall post the one in vintage fabric once I dig out some lovely combinations! Jennifer

Natasha said...

Such a pretty pillow!! I too love old linens no matter the condition, al the better to re-purpose them. Great Job!