Friday, April 26, 2013

Monogrammed Damask Sheets

I bought some heavy damask, for sheets, years ago and then decided that, of course, they needed to be monogrammed. Which effected an immediate 3-4 year procrastination...
This is the trial piece, or ended up thus. It's done on a tablecloth from my Granny's old pub and has a slightly different shine. I'll make a matching-ish pieced doona cover with a heap of tablecloths.
I just took the top sheet off the line and the fitted one is still on my sewing machine, so... later.

The design is based upon Irish crochet motifs. It feels Irish. The lettering is mine. RM2 has turned into our motif... my One True has the same initials you see.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

And Another Cushion

Once you get started on the cushions....

The fabrics are exquisite. I've used ALL of the ducky blue French silk scraps, and the medium silver/gold fabric (it's in the Rabbit Fur Bee Cushion). I love using things up.
It's, overall, perhaps a bit dark, a bit orange? However, it looks lovely on the new chairs so it's OK. The silks feel beautiful too, and it's filled with soft and lovely Kapok.

The Cushion Comfort Zone

Made using an outfit my Grandma wore to my Uncle Ted and Aunty Grace's wedding when I was 7 years old. Don't ask me how I remember this, not from the day (although I remember the day and my aqua dress and hair bun), but Grandma did tell me. Or was it Mum?
Gorgeous colour!
The ribbon was a snippet I've had for years and years. European, silk and now only a few centremetres left. The embroidery ground is vintage kimono silk.
The Wedding. I'm the little girl on the left, to the right is my brother Glenn, then a little girl named Judith whom I never knew. My Dah (left and behind me) died not so long after. Then is Grandma (not such a great shot) in my cushion dress.

All stem stitch using perle 5.

The new (old) lounge suite required new colours. It looks washed out here but isn't. Note the old rag rug on the floor. I bought 4 at a market for $20 each. I would have bought more but had no money. An older lady had made heaps and heaps and I'm sure her husband (she wasn't there) didn't appreciate why anyone would want one, let alone four or more.

Corded piping.

Hopefully you can print this out and it will be the same size as mine. Not that that matters.
Just in case you want it.

In situ. Soft and filled with feathers.
The inspiration.
From HERE. It's an old butter stamp.