I gave you a sneak preview on Tuesday of what I’ve been working on this week, my mum’s textile memories book. She was a prolific craftlady, trying all sorts of different crafts over the years and when we cleared her house after she went into a home I found lots of finished and unfinished crafty things. I decided to make a textile book.
I bought a book called Stitched Memories by Tilly Rose and it was a big help in giving me ideas and inspiration for the pages of my book. She also has a facebook page (Tilly Rose Vintage) which is great.
I actually started last November when I made these two pages…
Over the weekend I started working on it again, it would be nice to have it on display after her funeral in a couple of weeks time, though I’m not going to stress myself if it’s not done in time. It’s actually quite a nice thing to work on at the moment.
Two more cross-stitch pieces just needed a fabric border and a bit of embellishment. The one with a dove on seemed to be finished apart from the last six letters (???) luckily it didn’t take much to work out it was meant to say eternity. The Footprints in the sand one was finished, just never made into anything.
The hymn and prayer book covers seemed to puzzle some readers. My mum had several prayer books (there’s another two waiting to be made into a page!) These have beautiful gold and crewel type embroidery on the front and she’s embroidered her initials on the spine. I didn’t want to cut her initials off and I hit on the idea that if I stitch them onto a page complete, I could tuck things into the sleeves of the books. My mum was a prolific painter, I have dozens of little paintings from sketchbooks etc, not necessarily good enough to frame (if I had any wall space left!) but nice to keep. I’ve started to slot a few into the book covers.
More embroidery, this was an embroidered bag and a beaded purse. I initially took the lining out of the bag, thinking I would just use the embroidery. However I decided to stitch a lining back in, stitch the whole bag to a page made from a worn out quilt she’d made with the purse next to it. Inside the bag I’ve popped some precious letters between my mum and dad before they were married.
The quilts I’m using are totally worn out, thin and torn from being well used. This one was originally made as a present for her aunt so I’ve included the corner with the label on.
My mum also dabbled in silk painting. This was in a frame,but the frame had broken and when I looked she’d just taped the silk round a piece of cardboard! I untaped it, pressed it and free motion quilted onto some wadding, I’m quite pleased how this has come out.
Bobbin lace…I told you she did lots of different crafts!! These are some lovely little pieces I found around the house, the background colour was set by the felt circles two of the lace pieces are mounted on – she hadn’t hidden the ends in the lace, just threaded them through to the back of the felt. I think my favourite piece is the fan. I decided to include one pf the patterns I found and two pairs of bobbins.
More lace, this time in pastel colours. I dceided to use one of the old quilts again, this time I unpicked the top edge of the label and I’m using it as a pocket for a little handmade book she made.
A silk ribbon embroidery wreath, I think this is beautiful, I think it’s probably from the Inspirations magasine. I found one of her pencil drawings of violets, to match the violets in the wreath. I then just added a few embellishments of some ricrac, lace and a few bits from her button box.
I’ve a few more pages to go, mainly cross-stitch, and I need to include a knitting page!! I’m thinking of just doing a close machine zigzag round the edge, maybe twice round to get a decent coverage. Then I just need to make a cover and put it all together.