A few things that I’ve just added to my shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
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It’s so therapeutic doing this and it’s a lovely way to use some of my fabric which isn’t suitable for other things.
I iron interfacing on the back so the shapes aren’t floppy ans are easy to hold. I’ve made little groups of different ones and put them on my Etsy Shop
Children love them as I saw from the fabric workshops I did a few weeks ago. They can be put on the wall, glued into scrap books, played with in make believe games……..
they can be used for making cards or pictures with, you can decorate a mirror, a cupboard, the fridge, a window……..
the possibilities are endless and most of the fabrics are vintage so they are truly beautiful and original. A lovely little present for children to play with on these cold winter days.
What a lovely surprise to wake up to. My little vintage fabric pin cushion with pink bobbles is going to America. I wish I could take it there myself.
When we moved into our derelict Victorian wreck 12 years ago, I had the fireplace knocked through in the front room. I left it as rough brick, painted it green, put our old grate in it and filled it with fairy lights. It was beautiful and I loved it. Roll on a few years and our very old telly in the corner lost the will to live and as I sadly put it in the front garden for the council to take away, my children started working on me to buy a big flat screen tv. I love telly as much as the next person but I hate big flat screen tvs. I think they’re dominating, aesthetically unpleasing and a bit sinister. Anyway, it was 3 against me and I reluctantly gave in and bought the horrid thing. That was about 5 years ago and I’ve barely been in the front room since, literally.
Then I was chatting to a lovely marketing lady Chloe Goddard about decorating fireplaces at Christmas and how I was making my mini vintage bunting in Autumn/Winter colours and how they’d look lovely edging the top of fireplaces and she suggested I do a mock up and take a few photos.
That was just the push I needed so while my kids were all out I moved the hideous creature (flat screen tv) from the focal point of my living room and reclaimed my beautiful fireplace. The creature is now on a shelf in the alcove behind a curtain and is no longer the undeserved centerpiece of room and as a result the room feels welcoming, serene and cosy again.
My living room will be transformed into a lovely fabric workshop with a long table and chairs. About eight children will be able to sit round at a time. I and a friend or two will be on hand all the time to help them make pictures, mini bunting, or a lavender bag.
Below are a few photos of pictures that I made years ago. Since then I’ve made lots of other things but I’ve always wanted to go back to making pictures as I love it so much.
I will pre cut some of the shapes from all sorts of fabric, some of it vintage. I’ve been collecting fabric for a very long time so have lots to choose from. Children will have a piece of card and I’ll help them choose what they want to do and they can do the gluing if they like or I can do it if they prefer.
If they like, instead of making a picture they can make 2 meters of bunting. I’ll help them to choose the fabric they like and I or a friend will sew it on the sewing machine. I’ll have two friends there who are both professional machinists.
Children can come anytime between 11am and 5 pm can stay for up to an hour. biscuits will be provided and hopefully they’ll have great fun. They can bring friends or siblings and if they come on their own we shall do our best to ensure that they feel welcome and at home. We are all mothers and being with children comes very naturally.
Another option available will be custom made sleeping bags. Your child should bring his or her doll or teddy (or ducky, monkey ….) and we will help choose the fabrics of choice to make a lovely little sleeping bag for it.
I’ll be making mini fabric bunting with children too which they can take home with them.
I’ll have lots of fabric to choose from including bits of vintage.
Parents can stay in the room if they like or wander around and see the array of amazing and unique things on offer including handmade ceramics, vintage fabric lavender bags, floral jugs, cushions, cards, bunting and more. There will be home made cake and you can wander round the garden if you like.
Cost per child will be £6 each.
I have public liability insurance and am CRB checked.
I’ve just made this. It’s 2 meters long. It’s a bit Halloween ish I think.
Here’s another hoopy picture made from an old and damaged embroidered tablecloth which I’ve sewn a colourful variety of vintage fabric flowers on to.