Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

Some more lovely vintage and antique embroideries, this time in neutral white and creams. I featured coloured embroideries a few weeks ago, but felt that these understated lovelies deserved their own post! Some are destined to be sold as they are, and some will be upcycled.

Tassel Garland

This is a quick DIY project, ideal as a decoration for summer parties. It is also a great stash-busting project as small pieces of leftover yarn from other projects can be used.

MATERIALS:

Darning/tapestry needle

Yarn in various colours

Scissors

YARN-RAINBOW

First choose your colours. The tassels can be made in any size of your choice, for this garland I made 10 the same size, and one larger one for the centre of the garland. In order for the tassels to be the same length the yarn can be measured out by wrapping it around a piece of cardboard, or another flat object. The thickness of the tassel is dependent on how many strands it contains (therefore how many times it is wrapped around the card).

YARN-TASSEL-DIY

Tie the bunch of yarn together in the centre, and fold in half.

Next, using the tail of yarn from tying the tassel together, wrap yarn tightly around the top quarter/third of the tassel and tie off. Cut the tails of your tassel to make them even and to open up the closed loops.

Finally thread a large-eyed darning or tapestry needle with your stringing material (yarn, ribbon, cord etc), and pass it through each of the tassels. The top of the tassels should have been wound tightly enough that they remain where you place them on the string.

COLOURED-TASSELS

Et voila, one finished garland to be hung where you desire!

YARN-TASSELS

VINTAGE-EMBROIDERED-FLOWERS

I recently went through the various vintage and antique hand-embroidered fabrics that I have, in the hunt for some material to make bunting for a friend’s wedding. Due to the hours of work that these pieces represent, I am loathe to cut them up, with the exception of any items that are damaged or spoilt by a permanent stain (I remove and bin the damaged area, and use the rest of the material in craft projects).

VINTAGE-TABLECLOTH

Depending on the size of the material, the embroidered fabrics can be used in a variety of projects: I really enjoy giving new life to something that someone else has put so much time and effort into, but is now ‘ruined’ for it’s original purpose (e.g. a tablecloth with a stain in the centre).

VINTAGE-EMBROIDERED-TABLECLOTH

Using some fabrics that I already have (in this case by upcycling) also means that I am still managing to stick to my new year’s resolution to buy no new craft materials this year!  BLUE-EMBROIDERY

The few pieces that I have shown here are all undamaged items, and as I seem to have collected quite a few pieces in good condition, I have decided to sell a selection- after all, there are only so many tablecloths etc that one person can use!

EMBROIDERED-FLOWERS BUTTERFLY-EMBROIDERY

FLOWER-MOOD-BOARD

I am inspired by all things floral at the moment, particularly the vibrant colours that can be found in the garden now that the flowers are blooming!

LACE-FLOWERS CERAMIC-FLOWER

This is a mish-mash of crafty floral items: the ceramic flowers are vintage, the postcard was from Paperchase, the leather flower was made in this DIY post, and the vintage buttons and handmade lace motifs are awaiting an appropriate project!

FLOWER-MONTAGE

CABINET-OF-CURIOSITIES

A tiny cabinet of curiosities- perfect for displaying some interesting little things. To give an idea of scale, the three tiny ivory mice on the top are less than 1/2cm tall!

WUNDER-KAMMER

The polymer clay unicorn skull was featured in an earlier post, and there are DIY instructions for the leather flower here.

The glass cabinet was a bargain find in a bric-a-brac shop (only 20p!), and the display changes every time I find a new tiny piece of treasure.

MINIATURE-CURIOS

VINTAGE-HABERDASHERY

Some colourful vintage sewing bits and pieces on this sunny bank holiday weekend…

HAND-DYED-LACE

…I dyed the lengths of vintage handmade lace myself (see previous post here).

The sunshine is definitely inspiring the use of bright colours, so I have spent the afternoon in the garden making a brightly coloured tassel garland- photographs to follow soon!

VINTAGE-SEWING

VINTAGE-THREADS

Many Colours

PAINT-SWATCHES

These coloured paper rectangles were taken from a paint company colour chart- I stuck them in my sketch book as I liked the look of all of the colours together, and they’ve given me ideas for different colour combinations for a few craft projects.

PAINT-SAMPLES

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