Handmade Monday

20/06/2011 § 8 Comments

Another week, another venture into my studio at home – which used to be The Boys’ Room – with  their bunk beds, lego, action men, remote control cars and a hideous number of odd socks!

Now there are silks and wools, linens, vintage cloths and cottons, threads, yarns and skeins of wool all awaiting the magic snip of scissors, whirr of machine and sometimes just the waves of classical music as take up my needles for some knitting or hand-sewing.  But there are other pieces – some inherited, some rescued – that make my room special …

Book ends

The little wooden chap playing a tune while he keeps my sketch and pattern books tidy … and below a stack of fabrics …

Vintage cloth

A favourite tin

Pink Swan

Sewing Reels

I keep bits and bobs nearby – Aunt B’s tea caddy, a flight of china swans for bobbins (2 more have flown in from Tavistock to keep the pink Helston swan company, an egg basket of reels – insignificant on their own, but as I sit and sew fleeting memories of people and places are commonplace as I use these treasured possessions.

For Handmade Monday, I’ve chosen a bag as my special piece – Nellie (all bags have names, you know) …

My new bag for summer

and Nellie is the bag I’ve chosen for me, to see me through the summer.  Vintage linen, vintage buttons, apple blossom on the inside and a reminder every time I use it, of the room where it was made!  One of my favourite places in the world – a special room in my home.

Thanks to Wendy for hosting Handmade Monday http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog/  This is my third one!

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