At a Flea market, on impulse one day, I parted with some pennies and bought
six or so pairs of very old,
ladies kid leather gloves.
They are exquisitely made.
Skilled hands put these together, tiny MoP buttons, teeny tiny stitches, with size markings/stamps too, which makes me think they might be French? Don't know.
Some of the gloves are a little grubby...so in my wisdom, I decided to see if one would wash...
yes, I know, I said wash...
Noooooo, I hear you scream.
In my defense I was feeling very tired and my brain these days is puddled.
Anyway, after a brisk handwash (of just the one glove) and a dry in the breeze...
this is the monster that I was left with....
not exactly pretty is it?
So...seeing that these very slender, 'seen better days' gloves are in need of ...
what they call these days ...'upcycling'? Is that the term? I call it reworking.
I chose a glove, not that nasty ruined one and cut and sewed two of the fingers...
for ears for Beryl,
Beryl the Bunny Brooch.
She is made of old, worn patchwork and ticking cotton...
she is, of course, inspired by the iconic Julie Arkell's work.
Here is Beryl, having a chat with a chicken, who doesn't seem to be very interested...
and onto brooches.
I have constructed these brooches to highlight the beauty and the skill of the tiny,
sometimes hidden perfect details.
The button holes are so exquisitely worked and that number, oh, so lovely.
I would never ever buy new kid leather, but these gloves were one step away from being skipped,
so I have tried to put them to some sort of new purpose.
The brooches are only a couple of inches square.
I have used very old quilt snippets too, to add more texture and colour.
This brooch is made from the glove inside out, to highlight the alphabet which has been stamped onto the leather.
A little hand embroidery too and always a button.
Finger tips across the top.
So there you are, I hope I haven't confused you with my strange ramblings about old gloves.
Change of subject...I thought I would mention that I have this very beautiful piece of original French Wallpaper for sale in my eBay shop. I think it is hand blocked?
(Any info would be greatly appreciated).
It is truly beautiful and hard to part with, but University Fees do not pay themselves.
Thanks so much for stopping by. x