Goodness me that has been a trial and a half - of course I could not decide what it could be as I like sooooooo many different things, soooooooooooo many different styles. So I have made three things - each thing was a trial of decision making and I will
Number One - A vintage embroidered purse
Reverse of purse:
I cannot remember how many of these purses I have made - lots and lots of them - I wanted this purse to be special. I discovered I only had one purse frame left and a just enough glue...gulp. Spent a goodly amount of time searching through embroideries - so many are not 'right' for purses in my mind (good for bags/bunting but not purses). I like the trellis work on this piece (the remainder of it I made into a summer hat a while back) - it is not perfect but we are ok with that aren't we. The reverse is some lovely vintage Jonelle fabric called Esme - I love the colours. Let me reiterate that I have made lots and lots of these purses - I could not find a pattern that I made previously so made a new one - made it all wrong. Stitched the pieces together - stitched it together all wrong. When it came to glueing it in place I was near to explosion point - glue all over the shop - never has happened before. I see it as positive Karma - something was trying to make me get it right!!!! Then by accident I stabbed my finger with the scissors...
Lined with vintage Irish double damask.
I also knew that some 50s fabricos had to be used.....well I will not go into the detail of how much searching and sifting had to be done there.....I feel that I looked through several miles of fabricos. Humming and ha'ing over each piece and trying to second guess what you might like. Much to my delight I discovered that the price tag was still on this piece (I thought it had dropped off a few years back)
Also found a surprise tag on this piece -
Number Two: David Whitehead cosmetic bag
I have made this as a large cosmetic/wash bag so lined with some wipeable fabricos - fine and dandy for weekends away.
I like the mix of graphics with this design and the colour just so happens to match this 50s wallpaper. I know, I know I said that I would use this but could not bring myself to paste it to the wall. Daft as now this is being reproduced (but not in this colour!) I could just buy some more but it is not the same is it.
I then spent an age looking for some old red ric rac for the zip - searched all my ruddy tins (why or why do I have so many...) and I know it is here somewhere. A bit of ribbon had to suffice for the photo but I will endeavour to find it.
Moving on a few years to the 1960s/70s - I was looking for some Frieda Clowes curtains that I know are in this house somewhere - could I find them...could I? 'No' - was the answer - by this time I was getting a bit hot and bothered. Found some nice Noddy fabric that I had forgotten about so that was good. Finally decided upon this Scandinavian fabric that I think dates from the 70s - good strong colours and strong design again.
I have lined this with some vintage bright orange fabric as you can see below.
The same fabric is used on both sides
Being side tracked by tin admiration....oh dear
All three quite different things so hope that I have covered some bases (not all - that would be cuuurrraaazzy)
So just leave a comment saying whether you would prefer one, two or three and I will enter your name in the hat. I'll leave this to run for a week (or so - depending how busy work gets - oh dear that sounds a bit half hearted but not intended). If there are no entrants that will be fine as Bronte is hinting about number three and I have my eye on number one.....
Thank you again as always
PS Worried already as I have just read that giveaways come under some sort of lottery regulations!! Is that for real!! Crikey! Also a reminder that contrary to what a friend said I am not doing this in order to exercise control over you! It is just because and 'just because' things are nice to have now and again.