Friday, 20 July 2012

Keep on chasing down that rainbow, you'll never know what you might find...

Hello!
I hope all is well with you and yours.



I have been a stitchin'
Lots of stichin'

on lovely old, worn, soft, patchwork and quilt cotton pieces...
 making brooches.  
Brooches that would hang nicely from a skirt pocket or waistband maybe?
Needlecases, made from again old, quilt pieces...

a purse...
a long handled bag (which is currently winging it's way to Canada)!

lots of stitches on thick, very old quilt piece, my screen printed designs appliqued, with hand embroidery and buttons.

So here, a little padded needlecase with a hand painted bird on the front,
 opened out, you can't see the detail very well on the back...
 inside patchwork cotton and more pieces of quilt to keep your pins and needles safe...
onto another needlecase, where Lavinia is taking...
 Dirk for a walk...
 inside again, more old patchwork cottons...
another needlecase, worked on old patchwork...
 I adore how these textiles pieces.  They feel so soft.  
I think about the person that worked the original patchwork
and the fabrics/clothing that they used to make the quilt.
Hope you like the loose threads, layers, textures and imagery :)

Just a couple more things before I go.   You may remember that I used to have a sales area at
'The Wear-House', Ludlow.   Well, just recently it has changed hands and there is now a
'Maker's Gallery' on the ground floor.  
If you are ever Ludlow way, perhaps you could visit what is now called '55 Mill Street'.  
There is a wonderful eclectic mix of antiques, vintage, retro, textiles and handmade pieces.  
I will have photos of the new layout to show you soon :)

Also, I am seriously thinking of holding a 'Hen's Teeth Workshop' at Weston Park on 11th August.  
I can send details if interested.

Thanks so much for stopping by. x
High flying Birds

22 comments:

Andi's English Attic said...

Love them. xx

ale said...

how lovelyyyyyyyyy!!! we say...PURO AMOR !!!!!!
one day l will go to england and bye all your beautifull things!! l adore them!"besos from buenos aires!!!

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Such beautiful textiles Viv, love the dangly brooches and the needlecases!
Victoria xx

peli said...

so beautiful!!!

Pixie said...

Beautiful pieces Viv, i just love tattered, old, worn quilty bits and bobs.
Pixie xx

Magic Bean said...

All so beautiful. So beautiful. Wish I lived nearer, Ax

l.wilks11 said...

So original and just beautiful pieces of art work..............xx

Jayne said...

There is something so special about a time worn fabric and I love the way you incorporate them in your work to reinvent them as new pieces with your own special touch, just lovely little treasures. jayne x

Jilly said...

They are all so cool!

Are you curious about me? said...

Good morning Viv..

Long time no contact.. I'm sorry.

Just thought I'd stop by and say a, dare I say 'bright hello', yes I did use the bright word, we actually have a patch of blue this morning.. It's a bit of a shock I can tell you, I'd almost forgotten what it looked like..

Well my internet friend, how are things with you? Keeping busy I see, some amazing work.. I love them all.

Have you screen printed your little lady? She is so sweet.

Have a good day, hoping blue sky's are with you too.. ~ Julie.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

I love your work. You have created fantastic "new" beautiful things whilst being sympathetic to the old quilts.

gentlework said...

Lovely old worn quilt pieces. Will have to check out the Wear House again. Christine x

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Dear Viv, just trying to catch up a bit. WOWOW! The long-handled bag, purses, and adorable pins. I am in love!

I do want to send you a nice piece of old quilt I found. Would you send me your mailing address?

All joys to you and keep chasing rainbows.

Love,

Sharon

LimeRiot said...

You have been stitchin'!! These are all beautiful!

Joanna said...

BEAUTIFUL stitchery, it's all gorgeous. I love how you've used those old textiles.

x

BeOdd said...
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BeOdd said...

You have a beautiful blogspot and such irresistible creations .....so pleased to have stumbled across you ......

Sassy Breese said...

What lovely re-inventions you devise I too think about the original handcrafter when I up-cycle. And then I wonder if someone might re-invent something of mine and wonder about about me, someday.

lettice leaf said...

My Queen Alexandra bosom cries 'Stuff the miles of pearls and the order of the garter; just sent soonest the dangly brooch with labels and buttons.' My sorely thumb demands the needlecase in readiness for its return to power. Send soonest!

LLX

A time to dance said...

Oh to have a waist to put one of our broaches on...I'm in love with them...I've become obsessed with pintrest and found you...so catching up while I'm on holiday in France hope you are ok old bean....H

Liberty said...

Wow wow wow!

palette et ribambelle said...

Your creations are so beautiful!!