Only one more week until I return back to work. Eek! Yeah. Where does the time go? I've been helping others organize their craft rooms, moving a friend to a new town, painting rooms, cleaning, driving a LONG U-haul, organizing my friends' spaces, attempting to be creative for myself, and rest.
By the way, I started this project over a year ago. I was given vintage crochet bits from a family friend. My friend's ancestors crocheted all the bits, and we both agreed they were too precious to toss out. If you fall into the category of being creative, then you know your friends will think of you and send lovely things your way. Especially when, there is too much of a sentimental family attachment to these items and your friends don't know what to do with all this beautiful work. The trash can is JUST not a place for such items. My project has evolved from pasting these bits onto a canvas to an even better option. I wasn't pleased with this option, so these bits sat on this canvas for a year.
Ingredients needed to make this project:
1. large quilting embroidery hoop (this was my friend's mother's vintage quilting hoop)
2. vintage reproduction fabric charm squares to cover the hoop (I used thirty charms).
4. sewing machine
5. vintage crochet bits (Cut and remove from pillowcases that are discolored or worn. Some of the pieces I received were already removed from the pillowcases, so I decided to remove the rest of the pieces because of deterioration.)
6. fabri-tac glue
Let's do this!
Place the quilting hoop on your charm squares and decide what fabrics will be displayed.
Glue all of the vintage pretties onto the charm squares with Fabri-tac.
Figure out how you want to finish off this project. I am stopping the directions for this tutorial because an embroidery hoop project is nothing new, but I will include the link for finishing off your project from the purlbee.
Lastly my project is not currently complete because I am waiting on picture of the ladies who actually crocheted and tatted these bits and inspired me to make this project. Notice there is an empty space in the middle of the crocheted bits? I am planning on printing their picture on linen. Then I will place their picture right in the center of the embroidery hoop. As a result, I have created one awesome family memento and reunited the ladies with their vintage pretties even after they have moved on. Lastly I will give this project back to my friend, so she may continue to enjoy her family's heritage. Stay tuned for the final project. I would like to thank the Purlbee for their continued inspiration. Without the Purlbee, I would not have thought to incorporate these vintage finds.
By the way check out Nancy's blog here. I couldn't have made this project, if she hadn't passed on her vintage goodies my way. I love you, Nancy.
PS. Enjoy summer! Now it's time for me to think about my Fall crafting projects and crafting my future students.