Sunday, January 18, 2015

Kantha love continues

My Kantha love continues! I have places a couple of quilts in my shop as i bought them to repurpose but they are too beautiful to cut. We already have 4 that we are keeping and use on our beds and on the couch so I felt I should sell a couple otherwise it's just being too greedy! 
 

 

I managed to make a couple more pouches and a large bag over Christmas. Any other ideas will have to wait as I have several orders to work through!




Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lovely pencil cases

 Before Christmas I made these sweet pouches. I used some fabrics I've had for some time but have never used as they were hidden away beneath other fabrics and I forgot about them!


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Pouches pouches

As you can maybe tell I love making pouches! You can never have too many!!!


Friday, January 02, 2015

More Kantha makings

I forgot to mention in my previous post that these bags are so versatile you can use them as lingerie bags, cosmetic bags, hair accessories bags, sewing bags, knitting bags and even in the kitchen to store plastic shopping bags, potatoes, bread and so on.

This bag was made with strips of different fabrics woven together.
 

Above are a patchwork drawstring and zipper pouch made with kantha remnants.

Finally I also made a few cushions, some are already sold.

 
 

Drawstring bag love

Lately I've been enjoying making drawstring bags. They are so useful and so much fun to make. The latest are made with vintage kantha quilts and are going in my shop.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Super cute drawstring bags

I made these for a client before Christmas. They were so much fun to make and such pretty colours. They great gifts especially for baby showers!
In the month of November and December I made so many growths charts I really did not have time to blog anything. He are a few of them.





Monday, December 22, 2014

Borgo maggiore Christmas market


 I participated in this market with 2 of my friends it was great fun and a great success so we are thrilled! The town is gorgeous and very atmospheric. There were big open fires everywhere, great food stands and live music. It felt like we were in a town in the Dolomites with the beautiful lights.


Some of my  goodies


 Cathy showed some of her wonderful artwork
Io & Bianca her gorgeous ceramics

Growth chart for Penelope

This is a lovely growth I made for Penelope about a month ago. I'm very behind with my blogging as I've so busy with orders and preparations for a Christmas market! The market is over and now I need to catch up on some orders!



Saturday, December 06, 2014

Silvia and Lisa by Cathy Trolli

Our dear friend Cathy is at it again unveiling this beautiful portrait of our friends Silvia and Lisa. Pop over and visit her Facebook page she creates amazing portraits and is truly able to capture her subjects soul! The great thing she is able to work from photos so long as there is no direct sunlight or shadows on the faces.

Silvia and Lisa
Another portrait


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gift for sweet Anita

A couple of weeks ago we went to Anita's birthday she's so sweet, Lulu and I just love her! Her mummy makes beautiful ceramics, you can see her work here and she also sews so i made the bag in pretty colours I know she loves. I also combined pretty vintage embroidery pieces to give the bag some points of interest.


Lulu made the sweet little felt pouch all by herself and painted a gorgeous Susana Tavares type birthday card for her.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Love love love Kantha

As usual my sister and mum hae given something else to love Kantha quilts!!! Like I really needed to add something else to my repertoire of loves!!!!!!!! I bought some scraps in Australia and a while back finally took the plunge and made some pretty pouches posted previously. Recently I bought 3 vintage Kantha quilts,which arrived in super speedy fashion 4 days from India, I washed and dried them immediately and proceeded to look at them wondering what to do!
I really love parts of them but not all which makes it easier for me to repurpose them! If they were all perfectly beautiful I'd have to keep them for myself!!!

Slowly ideas are coming to me, very slowly! First I made a couple of pillow slips I love the way they have mending patches here and there!



Then with some of my remaining scraps and a little of the new I made these gorgeous drawstring bags.

They all feel so special because they are completely handmade and we know the time that was taken to embroider them!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Growth chart for Lucas

This is definitely one of my all time favourite growth charts. I made it for a little boy called Lucas who loves pretending to cook. How cool! It was so much fun to design and make! I hope he loves it when he sees it!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bertozzi hand printing

Last week I went to the Fiera di San Martino in Santarcangelo and by chance discovered a wonderful stand with beautiful hand printed fabric products. I bought 2 gorgeous hand printed linen tea towels from them. Of course they are so gorgeous I won't be able to use them and will have to stitch them into something else! I went to their facebook page and website and saw so many beautiful things I felt I needed to share them with you. Of course I asked their permission to use some of their photos.


They use a very old traditional technique of block hand printing from this region. It's truely wonderful! I believe the dyes used are natural made from traditional secret recipes! Besides using the traditional design such as grapes, acanthus leaves and olives, they have also placed a modern spin on their designs which I absolutely love!




I also discovered Bertozzi have also adapted their wonderful designs to other products such as ceramics and bags!

When looking through their images I just keep thinking 'want want want'! I will definitely be paying a visit to their workshop sometime soon. Their address is Largo M.Maestri 50, Gambettola (FC) Italy. Pop over and vist their website and facebook page, definitely worth it!