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Rosebud Corsages.

I`ve just spent all afternoon making the leaves for these rosebud corsages. Not the most exciting job, but very satisfying to get them all finished.

The rosebuds are made from strips of cotton in toning colours and patterns, each one carefully folded and stitched to look as life-like as possible. Each corsage has three rosebuds and three quilted leaves.

I use mostly vintage cottons, recycling old sheeting, blouses, etc, in fact anything in the right shades. I collect cottons specially for my rosebuds and have bags of reds, pinks, yellows and blues, plus greens for the leaves.

I have a wonderful piece of vintage Laura Ashley cotton in leaf green printed with tiny white flowers which is sadly running out, but I found some lovely block-printed Indian cotton in K1 Yarns in Victoria Street, Edinburgh, which is the perfect leaf shade and a good substitute. I`ve also recycled some khaki trousers to make some solid coloured leaves.

I like mixing florals with polka dots and ginghams in my rosebuds. I`ll sometimes mix in some linens in the right shades for a different texture (like my old, much loved and missed, red linen trousers!). I found a red blouse with tiny white polka dots in a charity shop which is perfect for rosebuds, but that`s nearly running out too. I`ll just have to keep an eye out for more fabric, a good excuse for lots more charity shop rummaging!

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Pale and Interesting

I saw this gorgeous tulle in palest oyster in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago and bought half a metre to have a play with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It coincided with lots of white flowers appearing in the garden. I love white on white, so fresh and pretty and really evocative of Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made these pretty corsages while sitting out in the garden, basking in the warm sun the week before last.

They combine recycled linen with the tulle and vintage lace, with a cluster of vintage crystals and pearls in the centre.

Very sweet and pretty, just right for a Spring wedding. Making them really fitted in with the gorgeous weather of that week, then last week we had white on white of a different sort- snow blizzards and hail!

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Loopy Brooches.

Hooray for vintage ties! This lovely lot is a selection from my new tie collection and I`m loving dipping into this goldmine of mini textiles. This week I decided to make some more loopy brooches.

I`ve been making versions of these brooches for a couple of years and they are always a favourite to make. I used to make them from vintage furnishing fabrics but now I enjoy using my new love- vintage ties!

Two beaded loops are finished off with vintage buttons. A few strategically placed sequins add a touch of sparkle. They are easy to wear and look great on the lapel of a jacket .

I`ll be topping up my stockists with more loopy brooches, remembering to put some away for my online shop, which I promise is coming soon…..!

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New Fascinators.

These cute little fascinators are made with a trio of recycled fabrics plus some veiling for added quirky glamour.

I`ve finished them with a vintage button and a tiny cameo button. I found the cameo buttons in a craft shop and couldn`t resist them. I think they give just the right vintagey touch to the fascinators.

These two are made with vintage tartans topped with some lovely Loire silk furnishing fabric recycled from a sample book. I only have a tiny piece of each colour, just enough to make each fascinator unique.

The little fascinators are now available in Miss Katie Cupcake, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh.

 

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Owl Brooches

Here are this week`s owls. I thought they looked quite sweet perched in my apple tree.

They are made from recycled tweed with felt wings and blanket- stitched feathers. I love embroidering their beaks and little claws. Their shell button eyes are also recycled from some button-covered cushions; a lucky find in my favourite charity shop!

My little owls are probably still my favourite brooches to make- no two are alike and I`m never quite sure how they`re going to turn out. They seem to take on their own wee personalities as they are being made.

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