Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.
Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!
Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/
My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.
This pair had even more holes!!
I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.
I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.
Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!
Until next time.
Sorry I’ve been absent for a while due to some changes in my work life. I wanted to show you what I have been up-to recently and what I have just put on my Etsy shop. This is my latest embroidery of some cheeky chickens eating flowers in a garden.
I love the combination of colours of duck-egg blue with cream and sand. It reminds me of the various shades of eggs available. The greeny eggs come from a friend and I have blown them so I can keep them for decorative purposes.
I have used suffolk puffs with french knots and satin-stitch.
I have used a variety of fabrics including silk for my embroidery. The artwork would add a country-living feel to any house. Please visit my shop to check out the new embroidery and all my other products.
I’ve been busy finishing off a project that I started years ago. I thought it would look good being sold as a print on my Etsy shop, when I finally sort it out!
I thought I would show you some snippets, to give you a taster of the embroidery that I have been working on.
Obviously french knots and Suffolk puffs feature, well I do like them!
I was busy during My Idea’s Man’s soccer game embroidering lazy daisy stitch, though I was having trouble deciding what colour it should be.
My business is slowly taking shape. It will be great when I can reveal all my hard work!
Well until next time.
“Mum was using the dresser… as a giant collage for illustrating family life…” Emma Bridgewater, Country Living (British Edition), June 2014.
I love this quote and when I reflected on my dresser at home, it is just like “a giant collage”, it depicts my past, my present with all the papers that come into a household everyday and also my dreams for the future.
The pine dresser was an ebay find, I love all the markings from the use it has had over the years and now it is in the centre of all the goings on in my family. I finally have a place to put all my bits and pieces I have collected over the years.
My Emma Bridgewater Union Jack mug is in pride of place.
The rusty old aqua scales given to me by my hubby’s nanna look like they belong. They were going to be thrown out but I saw the beauty, my in-laws are still a bit baffled though.
I would love to own a TG Green Cornishware teapot so its in my embroidery as a reminder that one day when I am back in beautiful Cornwall to make a purchase.
There is nothing I like better than having a cuppa tea and a slice of Victoria Sponge cake using my Mum’s well tried and tested recipe, whilst thinking of the next new sewing project.
My embroidery is an applique using a mix of hand embroidery techniques such as french knots, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch and running stitch.
Well, take care until next time!!