Archive for June, 2015

Leaf-May ATCs

I’m assuming these ATCs have been received so I will show a little of the process I used to make them. I decided to go with a macro version of a leaf for this ATC so I started by doing an image search on the web for inspiration. I also had a couple of photos taken in our garden for inspiration as well, then sketched up a design.

To make the base I layered coloured strips of fabric and vliesofixed to a base calico fabric.

ATC sheet 1

This was covered with chiffon and I added some extra colour with watercolour sticks and auditioned some threads for free machining.

adding colour

Auditioning threads

and then FME’d using some cording to make the veining stand out.


and a close up with some beads hand stitched for dewdrops.


Atc 4

A couple of the beautiful ATCs received for this month’s theme:

leafAnd my walk this week on the beach- still winter chilly but some welcome sun and blue skies.

Winter beach

I almost have my May/June fabric swaps, June ATCs and a wall quilt for SWTAFE finished. All were held up by three days in bed with a winter virus but I’m hoping to get them all posted before we head off north for a welcome holiday in warmer climes this week.

June 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

Vintage Irish linen

I have just purchased this vintage Irish linen dress for $6, size 8 is too small for me but I’m thinking of deconstructing and eco dyeing it a la India Flint style.

However I would hate to do this if it has a provenance that is more important when left in the original condition.  The dress has a Moygashel label and is well tailored with sleeve and pleat godets.

If you know anything about this garment let me know before I re-purpose it.



front of dress

front of dress

Close up of buttons

Close up of buttons

Sleeve godets and fastenings

Sleeve godets and fastenings

It also has a metal side zipper. I would love to know the age of the dress. I visited a few online sites but am still not sure.


June 7, 2015 at 12:09 am 1 comment


June 2015

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