Saturday, October 15, 2011

Floral Greetings.

I had three of these unusual vintage hand embroidered linen antimacassars. One I have been able to use almost complete to make the skirt section to a dress for a small rag doll. (I'll show that when she's finished)...
The other pieces were very much past their best and no longer usable for their original purpose.
So I set about carefully trimming away the fabric to leave me with the wonderful appliqu├ęd flowers.
I also cut out some of the leaves.
I bonded some antique French linen to the backs to make them a little more rigid.
Leaves were then applied to each one, and then a metal brooch bar.
Some blank greetings cards were decorated with an attractive rubber stamp design...
And I finished by pinning a flower brooch to each one.

A gift and card in one!
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Also today I rustled up two mini hand bags, using a stunning antique French fabric.

Lined inside with a vintage rose/paisley.
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A cushion was made from the tapestry I mentioned on a previous post that was part of a broken fire-screen. I took it out from under the glass and laundered it.
Combined with a pretty floral fabric, it is now a comfy cushion.

I thought it would look lovely with a hand hooked rug I was able to purchase recently...
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So today I popped them both in to my shop's window.
Thanks for stopping-by.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Niki x

Lavender filled hearts and a brooch made from vintage hand embroidery and cosy quilt squares.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Niki,
    I love the flower brooches and mini hand bag with the roses on and i love the bunch of flowers on top of the toile lined cupboard at the side of the window but my oh my i spied your patch work curtains over the banister on the landing,i love them! i can not wait to see them hung!
    Phew that's a lot of love :)
    xxx

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  2. Adorabili i tappeti ed i cuscini!Rosetta

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  3. Genius, you are so inspirational - I won't overlook something I would have previously passed by now, I'd never of thought of cutting something to pieces.

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  4. Oooh all so lovely, especially those flower brooches. The cushion and rug looked lovely on your landing and I applaud you in letting them go for sale!
    Thanks ever so much for your comment, I'm really glad hubby is enjoying the jam. Plenty more where that came from!
    Hen x

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  5. i love the roserug...hugs

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  6. I love the brooches.
    Gillx

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  7. You are so creative Niki - what a great use of the flowers!

    Jayne

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  8. What a lovely way to preserve beautiful vintage embroidery. I am so inspired by your ability to repurpose and make something beautiful.

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  9. Such beautiful things! I absolutely adore the little cards and brooches.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx