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I had wanted to work this little Crinoline Miss embroidery from one of my 1930s needlework books & thought this pretty green linen (from a set of vintage napkins) was the perfect background. I then decided to make a pair of 1930s style baby shoes & adapted a pattern for a pair of quilted shoes from [...]

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What to do with a vintage St Michael satin foulard in a divine paisley in rich tones of turquoise, taupe and lapis which sadly has several areas of perfume staining to the centre?  Plus, could I turn it into a longer style scarf as I must admit I don’t tend to wear square scarves these [...]

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Never able to resist buying an “interesting” piece of textile – no matter that in this case it was in the form of a Hawaiian shirt with more than a few rips and tatters – this palm tree beach print had always suggested a South Pacific inspired outfit.  I had bought this lovely vintage 50s [...]

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Wanted to share a little festive 30s style felt flower corsage I have sat and stitched this afternoon. Today’s corsage follows on from the 40s felt flower I made yesterday.  It wasn’t too long before an inquisitive little dog jumped up to see what was going on ….

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Inspired by the Admin post, I got to thinking about my favourite sewing magazines which led me to my absolutely favourite way to spend an evening (sorry, hubbie!) – glass of wine, log fire burning, stack of my vintage needlework magazines …. bliss!  My favourites are from the 50s as they seem to have so [...]

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As I am genetically unable to throw away even a scrap of vintage textile, I had to find a use for a rather tatty vintage 30s embroidered traycloth, even though it was frayed and torn.  I was pleased with this little Eastern slipper inspired gift boot.  More of my vintage needlecraft stockings over on my [...]

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If you are like me, then you cannot ever throw a piece of textile away until you are totally, utterly, absolutely sure you will never, ever, cross-your-heart-and-hope-to-die find a use for it at some unknown future time and date.  I love re-using bits and bobs of discarded textiles to make cushions, patchworks, toys, bags or gifts.  So when [...]

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Found some interesting vintage 50s bow ties last week & was particularly intrigued by a “trifold” bow tie with asymmetric ends.  I figured this would be a good way to use up some redundant neckties made from beautiful silks & no longer worn. I drafted a pattern & got stitching.  Here is the work in [...]

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Just had to share a couple of photos of the lovely Singer 99 I bought yesterday in a local charity store.  She is in lovely condition, all decals intact, and more importantly has her original instruction book, tool kit and set of feet -  hadn’t ever thought about using a ruffler, under braider, quilter or [...]

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Move over Scarlett Johansson, I say, there’s more than one of us can look enigmatic with a scarf thingy wrapped around our head and a pair of pearl earrings. OK, OK, I know, I don’t really have quite the same photogenic qualities as the divine SJ, but I sew wanted to show you my little [...]

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