Category Archives: Textile
Bible stories and religious symbols have inspired artists in all media through the ages. Many of the 19th century quilters knew few other stories than those they heard in church and at the family Bible reading. Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and other famous biblical tales are the subjects of a number of quilts. Some have sober designs, others are lighthearted, in the manner of colourful illustrations for children’s Bible stories.
Vintage fabric rarely comes by the meter, unused or still on the bolt, so you will probably find that you will need to reclaim it from curtains, clothes or other made-up fabric sources. Searching out and salvaging what you can is the way forward.
Every girl wants order in her wardrobe, and these fabric covered hangers are as pretty as they are practical. You can add a lavender-stuffed heart made of the same fabric, or some fabric flowers, near the hook, too. Look out for the old-fashioned wooden hangers that have a hook that unscrews, as these are super simple to cover. Whilst you are hunting down old hangers, keep your eyes open for vintage hangers. Those with simple shape are easier to work with. Internet auction sites are a good source if you cannot see them at a car boot sale.
Windows are focal points in rooms so it is important that you think carefully about what you use to decorate them. Because a window allows you to show off your fabric over a large area, a curtain project is an excellent opportunity to make the most of your creative flair and imagination.
Everyone loves a hot water bottle. The calendars and thermometers are not nearly accurate at announcing the arrival of cold weather as the calls for hot water bottles at bedtime. To make a beautiful and unique hot water bottle cover you can knit your own piece, but if you are seriously unaccomplished knitter, you can borrow somebody else’s knitting to achieve the same effect.
You can brighten your teatime table with a cheerful and unique teapot cosy, which is both practical and easy to make. Teapot cosies are always popular, and those colourful examples will help make a fun statement on your stall. There is nothing so funny and interesting as serve a nice cup of tea to your friends and family from teapot “dressed” in a beautiful, individually designed cosy!
Tilleke Schwarz (1946) lives in The Netherlands in a small town near Delft. She loves textiles because of its tactile looks. She has an art training (mainly drawing) and learned stitching from her mother. She exhibits and teaches all over the world and her work has been depicted in many books and magazines. Her works evolve gradually and more or less spontaneously.
The winter is coming and you have to be prepared! Making the small woolen pom-pom snowman is a great fun and you can make a whole bunch of them in a very short time. Once you made them they can decorate your window sill, Christmas tree or be hung anywhere in the house during the Holiday season. You need very little skill and material to make them, but they will brighten up everyone’s face.
Rescue an unloved lampshade today! Choose your own favourite colour combination, or keep it simple, clean and white. Crochet lampshades are one of the easiest ways to update a room – and there always seems to be one lurking at the back of a charity shop, ready for revamp. With a stash of yarn they’re easy to adapt in a natty, granny-chic way. Choose your colours and let’s start.
Layered corsages are little stacks of different fabric circles, sewn together to form a layered flower. They can be made from tiny scraps of leftover fabric and transformed into lovely gifts with all sorts of uses. Once you start making these flowers, you will not want to stop. As you only need tiny circles of each different fabric it is often worth making several flowers at a time.