I use vintage patterns, some of which belonged to my grandmother, with today's fabrics and yarns. I take vintage needlework magazines and work from the patterns in them. The magazines date from 1912 through to the fifties, and I try and use the patterns from them as they would have been originally used. Sometimes I will adapt them and make something else. I prefer to specialize with the thirties and forties patterns and occasionally dip my toe into the fifties.

When I feel the need to bring things up to date, sometimes adapting the original vintage patterns. I also design my own patterns so you can make lovely items too.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Cotton and Linen Corsage

This brooch has been made with 100% cotton and 100% linen. The colours are autumn colours. Embellished with embroidery and beads, the centre of the flowers are made of felt. The brooch is tied with a ribbon and has a silver metal brooch pin back
The corsage is quite large it measures from tip of leaf to bottom of stalk 8" x 3.5" (20cm x 8.5cm) 
It is for sale here

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  1. Gorgeous and so inventive. YES.....you are definitely a crafter Julie.

  2. Julie, your corsage is beautiful!...I love the fabrics, colours and lovely hand stitching (I think it would also look lovely decorating a vintage cushion!)
    Susan x
    P.S Very pretty beads too!

  3. Julie, they are truly incredible pieces. Thank you for sharing your story of using your grandmother's pattern books.


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