This is my secondary blog and is designed as an archive of my handmade creations, past and present. I also add dates of fairs I'm attending, where I offer for sale my handmade pieces and also carefully sourced vintage goods. I hope you will enjoy taking a look, Niki x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Today's Sewing Projects.

Patchwork cushion, made from Sanderson florals...
And cotton ticking with fabric loop and vintage button fastening.
I have several of these little Chinese embroideries worked on silk...
And have started making some of them into lavender filled sachets, with silk velvet for the reverse.
Handmade handbag, made from c1920's floral and a rose/paisley lining.
Cute vintage button.
Brooch pillow with 'comfy quilt' patches and a rare lightweight floral cotton, with a bird brooch to complete.

Niki x

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Added to the Shop...

A gathered vintage fabric handbag, which fastens with a mother-of-pearl button.
It is lined throughout in the same pretty fabric. (I have made a pair of cushions from this fabric too, as I love this look for spring.)

In the background you may be able to see some greetings cards that I have also been working on...Made from cream card and original antique photographs. They would be ideal for Mothering Sunday, Birthdays or other special messages.
Thanks for stopping-by,
Niki x

Monday, 21 March 2011

Bags and Boxes

Details of my hat box make-over can be seen on my main blog.

I've made another selection of cards, using antique lace and some fashion images from a poster that I bought at the Jane Austen museum.


Primrose pincushion.

Handbag, made from c1950's Barkcloth.

A tote bag made from a distinctive vintage fabric.

With matching hand bag.

I lined this with a pretty rose/paisley fabric.

I've also started making dolls and antique looking bags, which I have been squirreling away, so that I have enough stock to take to the fairs I shall be attending over the next couple of months. Details of these fairs can also be seen on my main blog.
Have a great week,
Niki x

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Pillow Talk

I've been recycling scraps of hand embroidery to make pincushions - I've made a pretty yellow primrose one too.
There are also some new cushions at the shop...
Dramatic floral barkcloth...
with C19th French linen reverse.
And an unused floral Sanderson fabric fresh from an eight yard bolt that I was very excited to find!
Smooth as satin and beautifully summery.
Again, French linen for the reverse.

Niki x

Thursday, 10 March 2011

More March Makes...

A pair of cushions made from a gorgeous Sanderson chintz - Perfect for spring!

I recently purchased a large collection of antique baby gowns. Amongst them was this sweet top section of one, minus its skirt.

I love the details on these old pieces - each one is usually hand stitched and unique. I decided to add a skirt to it, to make it wearable as a little summer dress for a wee-one!

I had this vintage nightdress fabric, with a ditsy print.

So I simply gathered a generous length along the bottom of the bodice piece.

I think it makes a nice change from the all-white gowns that can be found and hopefully it will be worn again if someone takes a shine to it.
Niki x

Friday, 4 March 2011

March Makes

Handbag, made with vintage hand embroidery and 50's floral fabric.


Cushions, using the last of my fab Sanderson floral chintz.

Perfect for spring.

The reverse is C19th French ticking.

Floral linen cushion

with bouquet design.

Backed in C19th French linen with hand embroidered monograms.

Niki x

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A Cushy Number!

Dramatic cushion made from a vintage Sanderson furnishing fabric...

And ticking.

A nursery cushion...

With 'rag book' central panel...

And a ditsy floral for the reverse.

Niki x