Thursday 3 November 2016

Crafting in October: embellishing vintage fabric with stitches

vintage irish linen embellished with embroidery stitches

As someone with a huge collection of vintage fabric scraps and offcuts, it makes sense to use them in my crafting. I have been making and selling handmade homewares on Etsy since 2007 and I've always used retro fabrics. I have amassed heaps of pretty scraps and I never know what to do with them. Until I have time to sew an enormous vintage fabric quilt, I will make do with using some of it for embroidery practice.

vintage linen featuring chain stitch embroidery

vintage fabric embroidery hoop project

I find the bold, floral patterns of fabrics from the 1960s and 1970s lend themselves perfectly to hand embroidery. It offers me a lovely template to work with and the only limit is your imagination. It's also a no-stress project that you can pick up and put down whenever you want. So far I have added chain stitch around the flower and a little circle of French Knots in the middle. Over time I can add more or move onto another flower on the fabric and create new effects with different stitches.

sewing chain stitch onto vintage irish linen fabric

vintage fabric and embroidery stitches

As ever, I find hand sewing relaxing, even though I have less time than I've ever had with starting a college course in September. I also have lots of ideas for handmade Christmas gifts, but I have no idea where I will find the time. I don't like the conflict in my brain when I have ideas but no time to complete them. But it's something I hear from lots of other crafters, so I know I'm not alone. If I could find a way to go into a parallel craft universe, that would be amazing. Until then, I grab some stitching time as and when I can...

vintage fabric hoop placed inside work box

vintage fabric with chain stitch and french knot embroidery

One of the things that has caught my eye on Social Media this month are the "Crafternoon" events to raise awareness of Mind and mental health issues. I will write more about this on my Crafting is my Therapy blog post, which will go live tomorrow (Friday 4th November). You can read about organising a "Crafternoon" by following this link

I am linking up to November's 'Crafting is my Therapy' with this blog post. If you blog about crafts, we'd love to have you on board. The linky will open on 4th November at 7pm (GMT) and stays open for the whole month – giving you plenty of time to get involved.

Do you pin? I would love to connect with you over on Pinterest...


Anonymous said...

That is so pretty and such an awesome idea too! I love the vintage fabric and your embroidery is so pretty x #craftingismytherapy

Unknown said...

What fab fabric - it's taking me right back to my mum's dresses from the 70's! I love the idea of embellishing it bit by bit. #craftingismytherapy

Unknown said...

What fab fabric - it's taking me right back to my mum's dresses from the 70's! I love the idea of embellishing it bit by bit. #craftingismytherapy

The messy brunette said...

I love this , I might just rob your idea now to get nice fabric ;) #craftingismytherapy

Sue J said...

Such detailed work! You must have the patience of a saint!! I love the retro colours, reminds me of wallpaper we used to have as a kid. Not that I'm really that old, you understand...! Sue via #CraftingismyTherapy


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