Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Betty's Book Experiments

More experimenting today...

It's amazing how each girl has a character all of her own!


I tried mounting the blanket onto fabric - it didn't work so well as the two textures were so different and the blanket 'gives' so much while the cotton doesn't at all (thank goodness for buttons to help hold things in place!). Using more than one layer or turning the edges under wasn't an option as the cover was then really thick.
The best result happened when I did rows of tiny machine stitching round the edge of the blanket before cutting it out; that seemed to stabilise the fabric and achieved a better edge. So, we're nearly there!
Final versions will be available at the Tavistock Vintage and Textile Fair on 30th April. 
Betty x

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Betty's Book Covers

While the showers come and go, my experiment today is book covers. This one uses the same templates that I designed for my figure brooches but I felted them onto a piece of vintage blanket instead of stitching. I really like the softer effect. 
The nightmare was the edges of the blanket and the fraying. I've felted them and have done two rows of machine stitching on each edge - I'm going to use it and see what happens. 
Maybe felting the figure onto a piece of blanket and then mounting it onto cotton fabric is the answer - I'll try that next! 

Happy Easter, Everyone! Betty x

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Betty's Very Special Books and Bags

 I was thinking about my Memory Pocket Books and Memory Bags and thought that I could make them with clothes to make them even more personal. 

 I found a collection of fabric, buttons and pieces of a shirt that belonged to my dad - it had been in a drawer for 36 years. 

 I've made two books - one for me that I filled with my memories of dad and one for my sister which will be on its way to her next week. 

Having made these, I'm offering books and bags made with your special clothes and fabrics. The books can have more than one double page - the choice is yours. 
                                                                                                                                                                  A very special way to keep your memories of a      person, place or day close to you.

Monday, 14 March 2016

All the fun of the fair for Betty!

What a fabulous venue for a vintage fair!
Dingles Heritage Fairground Centre near Launceston
 The best backdrop to a stall ever!
 My view was great!
It really made me smile. What a lovely time I had! Betty x

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Betty's adventures with buttons and wire!

I had loads of buttons…and I had some wire…these brooches are the result of lots of playing around with ways of attaching buttons to buttons. Betty x