If you didn’t know I’ve got my first fair of the season on Saturday. I’ll be at the ‘Crikey It’s Vintage and Handmade Haven’ at the Thistle Hotel on Queen Street in Exeter. I’ve been sort of crazily sewing, writing, planning and thinking in preparation for it.
One of the many things that needed doing was a sign for my stall, I’ve seen lots of different ideas, some obviously had hours spent on them and some just whizzed out of a printer. I didn’t have hours to spare but I didn’t want to just print something either, so I came up with the idea of doing something with my ‘logo’ in an embroidery hoop. Originally it was going to be applique but then I looked at the printout of my logo and it was too fiddly for my state of mind so I decided to put my almost non-existent embroidery skills to use and stitched it instead:
I used a vintage pillowcase for the base fabric (I expect there is a proper term for that, someone please let me know) and some thread I picked up at the car boot one day. I’m pretty pleased with it for a quick bit of stitching, the pillowcase is thin so I just put my logo behind it and traced through with a pencil.
I’ve been cutting, ironing and folding vintage sheets into fat quarters ready for sale:
They have many uses, make your own vintage bunting, make a patchwork cushion cover, or save them up, collect your own and make a vintage sheet quilt.
I made a couple more vintage bags, mostly because I really like them but obviously hoping that others do too, I’m not aware that anyone runs a successful business on things they really like without any more thought going into it!
I also made a stack of selvedge notebook/journal covers, I had really positive feedback about the one I made for myself earlier this year and I had a collection of selvedges:
I used up a good amount of the selvedges but then while reading Johannas blog here I read that she had selvedges to get rid of, she had been collecting them and now decided that she didn’t have time to do anything with them, so I said ‘yes please’ and this week I received a large jiffy bag full of them!
Very, very delicious and interesting too (ok maybe that’s just me!), so when I have a free hour or so I’ll be doing something with them. For now I’m posting inspiring pictures on my pinterest, let me know if you see any projects using selvedges.
Anyway there is more but it will have to wait as I’ve labels and stock lists to write. I’ll leave you with this amusing picture of Mathias making himself at home in my new sewing cupboard.