You have been very quiet about the August Challenge, and perhaps that is because I have not encouraged you enough to participate. Could that be it?
I have finished 3 items so far from my 50c linen/cotton shirt, but let me tell you a secret.
This challenge wasn't just about recycling a piece of clothing. It was about taking me out of my comfort zone.
This is the shirt after I cut it up...
...notice the colour? Orange.
I love to wear bright colours - hot pink, burnt orange, deep teal, sapphire blue - they are all *my* colours. They suit my skin colouring, but I don't particuarly like them in my home. I'm a white or pastel girl, with a bit of washed out blue and red (hence my love for French General fabrics) thrown in too. Those are the colours that come through in most of my designs, and through my house.
But...back to that orange shirt.
I wanted to force myself to see outside my colour comfort zone and create lovely things from a difficult beginning.
I have already shown you the first two projects I made for the challenge - the orange cushion displaying a pretty stitchery I had in my UFO pile...
...and the pincushion/scissor-keep I made for my Christmas gifts box.
Now to number 3.
I began to get quite excited about orange when I finished those first two projects, so today I set aside some time to play some more - after all, I still had about 1/2 a shirt left!
An aspect of the challenge I hadn't thought of was, "do I have any suitable fabrics in my stash to use with the orange shirt?" Initially I thought no, but then I started digging around. That's when I realised the stitchery I'd done had lovely orange variegated thread in it, and the small pile of leftover 'Snippets' fabric also had some orange.
Today I found some more suitable fabric, this time from Amy Butler's "LOVE" range. It wasn't long before another pin cushion evolved in my mind (you can never have enough pin cushions!)
The only hand stitching I can do at the moment (as my hand recovers) is a slow backstitch, so I added the name of the floral fabric, LOVE (also the amazing feeling that swells in my heart every time I look at my sweet husband!).
It took me just an hour to design and sew this.
So simple, but those colours and fabric really make a statement. I *love* it!
Do you think that over the next 9 days you can remake an old item and send me a photo? Let your imagination go wild and don't be afraid to use colours you normally avoid - you might be surprised at the outcome! :-)