Friday, June 21, 2013

Threads that bind us: patchwork waistcoat

I'm not usually overly sentimental when it comes to "stuff".
I like to enjoy and use "stuff" and then let it go into the world and on to a new appreciative owner.
There are a few items of clothing that I have kept over the years, and this is one of them.

This tiny patchwork waistcoat was sewn by my mother when she was in her late 20's in Great Britain for her first child, my big brother.
She used fabric gathered from old clothes and stitched it together on an old treadle machine in a very cold apartment in 1970's Edinburgh.
Mum has always loved textiles and has always had a fantastic eye for colour. She introduced me to the work (knitting at that time) of Kaffe Fassett when I was about 10.

Here is the creation and I have also included a pic of my sweet little boy who wore it last for a circus party a few years ago.

I hope it is used by my grandchildren too some day.

The patchwork waistcoat Circa 1972

detail of fabrics used on the waistcoat

My sweet little boy in clown mode complete with fairy floss whiskers

Have a great weekend all!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Craft with Kids: Easy Peasy Recycled Crayons

Howdy folks!

This weekend (long weekend - woohoo!) we had a go at recycling a bunch of old broken wax crayons.
We had a few lying in the bottom of pencil tins and we sourced some more from our local op-shop (thrift store) for the princely sum of 50c.

We melted them down in a silicone baking/ice tray arranged into similar colour groups with a few rainbow mixes for fun. The crayons came out great!

Waiting for the melted crayons to cool
Putting our recycled crayons to the test!

The kids loved playing with the cross shapes like a jigsaw puzzle and because we mixed different shades together they work beautifully for drawing with.
We will definitely be making some more of these!
If you'd like to have a go at making some for yourself you can download my Easy Peasy Recycled Crayon Tutorial (440KB) for free!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fabric Finds

I found this little vintage printed linen children's smock/apron a while back, but rediscovered it whilst searching for my watercolour paper. How cute is it?! It's so cute I haven't let the kids use it yet.
I think I'll let them wear it for cooking only, no paint though!