Friday, October 7, 2011

A Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

We love vintage hankies.  Each one is a different work of art whether it is a cheerful store-bought print or a gift of someone's time and talent with needle and thread.  We've put them in bowls and baskets, draped them from drawers and tucked them under china.  

This week we decided to shake things up a bit.  We took one of our dress forms and this lovely stiff black mesh fabric that we found...

using safety pins we fastened the mesh to the form and (with the assistance of a fold here and a pin there) fashioned a skirt form.
To this form we used ribbon to tie each hankie to the mesh, overlapping them.  This way, it should be very easy for a customer to remove them if he or she wants to take some home!

We used some of the stamped fabric ribbon that we carry in our shop (handmade by a delightful woman in Canada) to fashion a waist-band.

 Can you guess what we used as a scarf?

Here is our finished project:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Peak at the Shop: Flower Pins

With fall upon us, it will soon be time to pull out our sweater and coats.  Time to change our purses and find our hats.  Time to accessorize with gorgeous hand-felted wool flower pins.  Like these, available in our shop, from Jennifer Locke Designs!  Each pin is a unique work of art.  She reclaims the wool from old sweaters before felting it by hand.  The wool is then carefully crafted into a spectacular blossom. 

Some are crafted to be charming in their simplicity...

With perhaps an old button for adornment...

While others capture a hint of past glamour with the addition of vintage jewels. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Feeling the Love!

Here are some lovely Halloween treasuries that have very kindly included vintage Halloween finds from our Etsy shop