Tuesday 31 March 2015
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Of course, the internet helped a lot with finding out about the pattern. It was probably made between 1890 and 1920, by Wood and Sons and the designer was Frederick Rhead. I discovered that it was a pattern mainly used for vases, dressing table items and not much was made as dinner services. My original thought was that I could look out for it and buy some plates to actually use.
Well, you know what it is like. I thought about it and thought about it and eventually, Chris said we could go back and I could get it (I think he just wanted me to stop going on about it!). I rang up and reserved it and we went back the next day. (I'm sure you knew that is what would happen, didn't you?!)
Tuesday 17 March 2015
We headed to Kelham Hall last Saturday, to go to the Big Vintage festival. We were looking forward to it, but at the same time, weren't quite sure what to expect.
As we went in, we could only see one room and were disappointed, but then we found that there were lots more stalls in the Dome as well, so we were relieved about that. The signage could have benefited from being more obvious!
cut off the embroidery (said very quietly, as it could be thought to be sacrilegious!)and applique it to something else, like bunting.
Unique Frocks is going to alter it for me, so I am looking forward to getting that in a few weeks' time.
I haven't talked about the blue materials which can be seen in the top photo, but they came from the Newark Antiques Centre which we visited before heading home and there is a story to be told there, but that is for another post...
Tuesday 10 March 2015
More crocuses - little delicate species ones called Tricolor, which they are. Even the closed flowers display the three colours. Hmm, that colour combination reminds me of something...what could it be? Ah yes!
The inside of a Cadbury's creme egg! (Picture from wikipedia)
Tuesday 3 March 2015
This year, one of the things I really wanted to do was to learn kumihimo, which is a Japanese braiding technique. I have taken the plunge and found a basic eight strand braid to be remarkably easy to learn. A disc is vital, as is a kumihimo weight which helps with the tension of the braid,
Of course, apart from all the patterns you can create using different colours, different numbers of cords and different disks, there is the excitement of being able to braid beads and gemstones into the braid as you go. Now that is something I definitely would like to try!