I spent much of the weekend finishing up my Club projects for May.
Though only patterns for the stitcheries themselves appear in the Club sets each month I thought it might be nice to show you how I'm displaying some of them.
Inspiration for two came from a little tea pot trivet I made in August 2005 when I was teaching myself to stitch and quilt. At the time I didn't have a sewing machine so all the patchwork piecing was hand sewn (which I found to be a very relaxing afternoon pastime once the day's homeschool lessons were over)...
This little trivet also displays my very first attempts at backstitch and lazy daisy embroidery, two stitches I quickly grew to love...
Funnily enough the reason I made this little trivet was to showcase an orphan button I'd found in an op-shop. The fabrics were simple brown homespun and a paisley fat quarter discovered at the Spotlight store 100 kilometres from where we were living at the time.
This tiny trivet holds a sentimental place in my heart and is still in service almost a decade later under my Utensils tin by the stove top. Makes me smile, a lot.
As you can see it has begun to show signs of age and much-loved-use, so I've now stored it away for dear Blossom who knows it's sentimental value and will treasure it herself when the time comes.
After packing away my old friend it was only sensible that I should make one or two new trivets to replace it.
I chose the "Honey Apple" and the "Pear Tree" stitcheries for the trivet centres...
But, whilst I was taking these photos it occurred to me that they are just too darn pretty to be hidden under a Utensils tin, a tea pot, or a kettle!
So what else could I use them for?
HAPPY kitchen decor, of course!
As they are small they're perfect for hanging in the kitchen, bringing colour and delight to my small cooking space.
We're not permitted to hang things on the walls in this rental home but I have found these door hooks to be brilliant for sitting over window pelmets, allowing bits of me to be displayed...
It's rather important to have 'bits of self' displayed in our homes, isn't it?
When I walk into someone's abode for the first time it immediately tells me something about that person - their style, interests, favoured colours, hobbies.
Do you think you'd get an idea about my style and personality by standing in my kitchen?
NOTE: Both the "Honey Apple" and "Pear Tree" patterns will be inside the May 17th Stitchery Club patterns, but if you're not a member and really want these designs do not fret as they will also be available as single patterns from my shop that day.
My dear friend Vicki Tucek must have been eavesdropping on my thoughts from the other side of the country because yesterday in the mail I received a pear trivet/potholder from her! It was a belated birthday gift, and covered in pears from the design itself to the fabrics she used.
I've added it to my kitchen window display for even more happiness...
(The pattern for Vicki's pear trivet came from Lori Holt's wonderful "Farm Girl Vintage" book. More info here on Lori's blog)
Making a trivet is very simple but I am aware that many of my readers are new to sewing so would you like me to do a tutorial for you next week and you can make a few for yourself or as gifts?
Today I am finishing a mini quilt which houses the smaller stitchery blocks from my Club BOM, "At The Heart Of It All"...
The layout is another simple finish to a design using just two colours in the blocks and in the fabric choice. This year's designs have all been about creating beauty in a simpler way, and hopefully that is allowing you inspiration too.
I found two vintage buttons that blended beautifully with this quilt and that's what I'll be figuring out today - how to use them to best advantage...
Enjoy your day dear readers, and perhaps take some time to ponder how you can craft your home to become a true reflection of who you are...
hugs and blessings,
NOTE: in case you wondered - we can't use those popular adhesive strips and hooks that many renters use to hang artwork and the like on their walls as here in the tropics the glue chemicals can change due to the high heat and humidity, making them permanent fixings - we discovered this when Mr E had to re-plaster a wall from the damage done to it by some of these 'peel off' adhesive hook. Lesson learned the hard way.