to appliqué and embroider and the fabric that we were given to stitch clothes with was horrible quite frankly. It is not my thing but this said I would like a unique dress so the local seamstress here is
going to make me a dress out of a very old French linen sheet in the natural hand woven colour. I have been up there and we have discussed the pattern ( which is very simple indeed but very me. Being that I am only just over 5ft 1" tall it is the length that I would like as well. I have chosen the antique mother of pearl buttons that I would like to button up the back and all is set to commence in the next 10 days.
So not only have I been designing my own dress but little bits to stitch on it to make my own and it is really lots of glorious fun.
In addition to this off piste activity here at Homespun HQ I have started cutting out some fabric pieces for my Winter Start quilt hanging and I am delighted with the fabrics I have begun to choose. There is a lot of white in the quilt but again this will be vintage French linen not calico off the roll fabric I have decided, a all vintage fabric wall hanging it is. I have been sorting through the fabrics and choosing carefully. The middle of the quilt is very white too because it is a snowflake when stitched. I am going to hand embroider one of the hexagon shapes with the words 'Winter Star' and the date. On another one I am going to get my mum to write her name and then I am going to embroider it as well.
I have given it to buying pre die cut hexagon and diamond paper pieces so I do not have to cut all those out and of course being die cut they absolutely accurate indeed. It was free postage and for
£7.00 I got 200 of each shape so I could make more of them if so wished.
All I have to do, is choose the fabrics, and cut several a day and by the time it comes to hand stitching time this Winter all I will have to do is choose from my project basket full of gorgeous fabrics already and awaiting and just sit and stitch. This is my plan. Half an hour a day will see them all cut in plenty of time.
I have not cut out the pieces so as to not waste fabric this time but to get the maximum in pattern so I have a few bits left over and what I like to do is cut out free hand tiny hearts for my' jar of hearts' and so this so far is my little bundle to do just that with. If it is just little strands I keep those in a box for other layered work. This bundle however was made for hearts and actually a good colour match for them as well.
You will remember last year I started this jar. When I am working and think a heart may be pretty on something then my go to is my jar to look there first before I cut into a larger piece of precious vintage fabric ..
Well I best get on I have hardly started on my Summer Sampler with the bees because I have been so excited like a puppy with everything else as well. I need to settle down now and do everything else early evening as it is not dark until after 10pm so there is no urgent rush to be doing it in my working day ... but I haven't been able to help myself!
Have a wonderful day and as always Happy Stitching! XX