… keepsake cushions ~ for you!

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Following my little bit of stitchery last week, I am now really happy to share with you that keepsake cushions are well and truly back in the lemon loves shop!

Keepsake cushion

And a couple of people have asked me ‘how does it work?’ … well, here’s how!

Keepsake cushion - fabric

You may have a treasured stash of fabric memories, you know … that precious box of baby clothes at the bottom of the wardrobe … the chest full of your Grandmother’s beautiful linens and embroidery in the attic … that old suitcase under the bed packed with your teenage clothes that you just can’t let go of … christening gowns – bridesmaids dresses – prom outfits … you get the idea!

Keepsake Cushion - the process

These are the fabrics of your life, they connect and re-connect you to loved ones, special moments, childhood memories, you are holding on to them because they are a part of you, part of your history, part of your family’s journey. And yet, packed safely away, they remain unseen, uncelebrated.

Keepsake Cushion

A keepsake cushion – or even a quilt – will breathe new life into your treasured memories. Showcasing and celebrating the beauty of the fabrics, colours and textures, gathering them together in a new form, with a new purpose. I will work with you to discuss design choices and layout, you will see photographs before a single stitch is sewn, together we can take your most precious keepsakes and re-imagine them into something beautiful. You can order through my Folksy shop, or contact me here, or on facebook to discuss a custom order or design. You send me the fabric ~ together we re-imagine it and then I do the magic stitchery ~ I send you the finished product! Simple as that!

Keepsake Cushion - detail

Keepsake Cushion

Keepsake Cushion

Made from memories ~ stitched with love.

Just for you.

 

… keepsake cushions!

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It is always exciting to try out a new idea …

Vintage fabrics

… so I took two pairs of curtains, a teatowel, some pretty bed linen, a lace trimmed table cloth and a gorgeous piece of vintage linen … treasures from the attic …

Keepsake cushion

… and I stitched them into a gorgeous cushion … re-loved and revived!

Keepsake cushion

This new idea worked out even better than I hoped!

 

… aprons!

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There is something about an apron that just feels good …

Hand made apron

… maybe it is the protection, the way it wraps around me, the sense of safety …

Hand made apron

… or maybe it is the opportunity to mix up some of my favourite fabrics to make the gorgeous big double section pockets.

Hand made aprons

I love the stories that those vintage and new fabrics tell as they sit side by side, the mystery of some of the reclaimed or ‘found’ fabrics, the past lives, histories and connections that tie them all together.

Hand made apron

And I love the soft dark denim that brings the story of work-wear right up to date.

Hand made aprons

These beauties are available right now at Yay retro! Along with a shop full of vintage and retro goodies to brighten your day and your home!

 

 

Yay retro!

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I do love a bit of retro – and so when I was invited to sell my bags and makes via the online shop of the lovely folks at Yay Retro! I was delighted. It felt like the perfect match.

The first time I discovered the Yay Retro website, I wanted everything … in fact I still do … their shop is packed full of beautiful china and home ware from the 1940′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s …

Yay Retro

… all still good enough to use today! And, yes, I have treated myself – and why wouldn’t you?

So, after a bit of sketching and a bit of stitching, I came up with a brand new bag design which gives pride of place to some of my favourite pieces of vintage fabric. Fully lined as usual, with my trademark double inside pocket, and finished with a vintage button, these bags will only be available from Yay Retro!

Vintage fabric and denim shoulder bag

Vintage fabric and denim shoulder bag

Vintage fabric and denim shoulder bag

Vintage fabric and denim shoulder bag

What do you think? I am feeling really happy with the way the denim shows off the gorgeous colours of the vintage fabrics … and of course, I am already using one of the prototypes as my ‘new’ daily bag!

There will be more to come … and maybe some aprons too … and who knows what else!

 

… a quilt for my nephew!

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After a sleepover at our house last summer, my nephew asked me how much it would cost him to buy one of my quilts ~ he’s ten! And so the mission to make him a quilt for Christmas began!

I found some lovely printed fabric at the Eternal Maker in Chichester, and then set about matching up fabrics from my ever growing stash.

I wanted to add something personal – and so two pairs of my husbands old jeans were donated to the cause!

I decided a simple patchwork of large squares would be ‘boy-ish’ enough

Test Quilt Block

I stitched a small test block, to see how the quilting would look. My first attempt at wavy lines.

A quilt for a boy

And the finished article – completed on the Sunday before Christmas – just makes me smile!

A quilt for a boy

A quilt for a boy

A quilt for a boy

A quilt for a boy

A quilt for a boy

He was allowed to open it when I saw him on Christmas Eve ~ and he loved it!

A quilt for a boy

We were emailed this photo hours later, with the message ‘he’s hardly moved off the quilt’!

Happy nephew ~ happy me!

 

… fabric baskets

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I love making these little fellows, they are such a lovely way to showcase some of my favourite fabrics, and mixing and matching has long been one of the ‘best bits’ of the whole stitchy process for me.

Fabric Baskets

This gorgeous barkcloth in particular was treat to work with, it is a design called ‘Vibration’, by Nicola Wood and was printed in the early 1960′s by Heals. The ‘experts’ tell me that this is a particularly sought after fabric. I consider myself very lucky to have found some in a local shop. It is beautiful indeed. And matching it up with a brand new print by fabric designer Ellen Luckett Baker‘s recent ‘Stamped’ collection bring out the connections in colourways that span the decades.

Fabric Baskets

These seasidey little beauties have a story to tell. This beautiful fabric was once a tea towel. Part of a range printed by the V&A, reproducing designs from the mid century era, this one is based on a furnishing textile designed by Rhona Park in 1951.

Fabric Baskets

And here is one of my all time favourite vintage floral sheets, these soft yellow and grey flowers have lined a few bags, nestled into a quilt or two and now are showing off the graphic strokes of Jessica Jones‘s ‘Picket’ design, part of her Outside Oslo range which now seems impossible to source anywhere!

Fabric Baskets

The glorious softness of this reclaimed wool weave, the colours of the land, so tactile and evocative. Sitting together with another reclaimed favourite, I like to think that this bright apple print dates from the 1950′s, but base that only on the colours of the design and the feel of the cotton. The two fabrics together, lending each other colours and references, feel both frivolous and dignified to me.

Fabric Baskets

And all of these baskets are now available in the lemon loves shop, right here!

Fabric Baskets

Although I am not entirely sure I am ready to part with any of them!