25 Oct 2010

handmade spotty cotton eco tote bag

I have finished adding the decorative applique and hand stitching to the eco bag I started last week (accidentally stayed up til the wee hours to finish it and now I'm paying the price with 4 crazy monsters in the house!)

The advantage of using bondaweb to attach the applique details is that they are already firmly adhered, exactly where I want them, nice and stable and flat, so I can be more decorative and random with the stitching...

See this in my folksy shop at www.maytreelane.folksy.com

23 Oct 2010

old trunks

Not the swimming sort with the dodgy elastic - I mean wicked old storage trunks.

My mum saw one in a home magazine today and it reminded me of the one we had in our first house. It was a huge wooden trunk, painted black gloss - and gorgeously battered and worn.
We used it as a bench, storage box, coffee table, nightstand and even a step when we couldn't be bothered to fetch the ladders! I think it had a home in every room in the house at some point in the three years we lived there.

I bought it on the day we moved in for £20, from "Lennie's house clearance" - the shop next door to us. I believe Lennie is still there, with his leaky ceiling and draughty doors!

It somehow got left behind in the back of the hall cupboard (still full of some of my favourite art books) on the day we moved out, and the horrid landlord would not give me the keys back to get it out when I realised weeks later. I often lament the loss of my favourite junk shop find.

I have never seen a great old trunk in any of the charity shops, house clearances or salvagers I have roamed into (not that I could afford anyway!)

So I'm going to make my own. Oh yes, I am. I was tempted to buy a good, strong storage box in unfinished wood, and then add all the decorative hinges, locks, corners etc, but the ones I have seen are very disappointing: overpriced, poor quality, tiny, covered in cheap veneer, or sporting useless flimsy legs...

So the hunt will continue for a big old trunk, and if I can't find one soon, I'm going to damn well D-I-Y

15 Oct 2010

friday again

well here we are, the end of another week (0ne i'm glad to see the back of after a friend's funeral). i did promise myself a folksy friday blog - and i even picked a theme and gathered my favourite folksy items, but that's as far as i got, and now it's almost midnight it seems a bit late.

since hubby is working looong hours lately, and with 2 birthday parties (9yo and 4yo) to tackle next week, i have not had a lot of time to dedicate to being creative - apart from inventing new swear words, where my creativity knows no bounds :)

i have managed to make tiny amounts of progress on the eco tote bags for folksy, and i thought i would share my steps so far:

1. hand draw hearts on the paper backing of bondaweb (i like mine asymmetrical)
2. cut out with a 2mm border (ish)
3. iron onto chosen fabrics - i've gone dotty for this one, and recycled denim (goes without saying)

4. cut out hearts with nice sharp fabric scissors

5. position the hearts, right side up, on a cotton tote bag you have previously made or shop bought, and peel off the backing paper once you are happy

6. press each heart with a hot iron (use the highest setting for the fabric) for about 5 seconds, until the fabric won't peel off when tested

7. now that all the fabric hearts are held in place and stabilised with bondaweb, i am ready to start hand applique, with good quality embroidery floss.

more on this next week, because i still won't have finished it!

10 Oct 2010