Friday, 26 July 2013

It's curtains for my vintage linens

I've been collecting embroidered tray cloths for a while now.  The plan was to make a patchwork cushion cover with them a la Cath Kidston:


Only I realised I had far too many for one little cushion.  I even had two embroidered tablecloths to play with.  I never used the tablecloths, pretty though they were.  I'm far too much of a domestic slattern to spend time ironing the buggers.





























Sooooooooooo, I laid out all the cloths, pinned them together in a pleasing stylee and sewed them up.





Lo and behold I've only gone and made a curtain panel:



Mr Fusspot J and P complained that it was a bit dark with the panel closed:




So I found a bit of lace, tied it like so


and voila! Let there be light (sort of):



Little Miss J and P thinks it looks "odd".  There's nothing like your beloved family to poo-poo one's creative leanings.....

Oh well, perhaps a holiday might put the J and Ps in a better mood.  Yes, we're off to Holland to camp for a few days and then we'll visit our friends in the south.  Yay.  Cannot wait.  See you anon. xx

43 comments:

  1. Hey Loo, Love your new curtain! I made a patchwork doiley curtain for our glass kitchen door years ago and have old table clothes on our windows - the Mr always grumbles that people who visit will think we are poor as we don't have proper curtains...I think they are so much prettier! Enjoy your trip away, Tam x

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  2. It's gorgeous .... Happy Holidays ~ Sarah x

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  3. I love the curtain, it looks fantastic! A nice alternative to net curtains :)
    Have a fantastic holiday!

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  4. Odd? There is nothing odd about it! It's beautiful Loo, that's what it is! How lovely with the sun shining through - it shows-off those pretty table cloths to perfection. So much nicer than leaving them shoved in the third drawer down. I love the little man doing the highland fling x

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  5. I think it looks great!! I am looking forward to a weekend of sewing.

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  6. Ha that looks brilliant - what a good idea and so much better to use them for a project like this than have them sitting around looking pretty in a pile :o) I'd like to try something like this I think..xx

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  7. I think tis lovely! Happy holidays!

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  8. Oh yes, that looks wonderful. You have done a great job and it is so lovely to use them for something that you can enjoy all the time.

    Have a fabulous time on your holibobs! xxx

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  9. Lovely- both the cushion and the curtain.x

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  10. Absolutely beautiful ... men know nothing! Odd is good xxx

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  11. Odd as in unique/bespoke/creative - whichever of these it's gorgeous! Jane x

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  12. What a great idea - I love it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  13. Well done....I think it looks beautiful! Who listens to husbands anyway?! Enjoy your time away. Xx

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  14. I love that curtain, so pretty! There are so many beautifully embroidered tray cloths about that no one wants to use for their original purpose anymore, it's wonderful to put them to good use so they can be seen and admired once again. Love, Mrs RV x

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  15. I might have a bash at that...I like odd and wonky far better than even and straight. Eco Ethel xx

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    1. I really like how you placed the cloths together, their prints appear to be in a natural sequence.
      Ahh, love ones, they burst your high creative moments and I think that a Holland holiday would make anyone more relax.
      Have a lovely weekend,

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  16. Clever you I like it...planning an attempt on a downstairs loo variety....Enjoy your holiday
    Bestest love Daisy x

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  17. Very pretty - might have to pinch that idea for my new house ;)

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  18. I love your curtain Loo, don't listen to disparaging comments about your creativity, I've had some of that too!
    Enjoy your holiday. x

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  19. I LOVE this, so pretty and delicate and eccentric. Totally perfect. I want one. Better than cutting them all up to make cushions with

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  20. Well I think it's adorable... So when they complain just stick your fingers in your ears and loudly exclaim "FA LA FA LA LA LA LA"...
    I've actually seen other things like this with bits and pieces of pattern and I believe that the whole point is to make it look a bit "old", as that's the style, vintage is completely in!
    I like it!
    Tammy x

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  21. Wow, what a beautiful curtain panel, such a lovely idea! Definitely a future project for me. Enjoy camping x

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  22. You are a creative genius! I think your curtain looks very pretty indeed.
    Lisa x

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  23. It's very pretty...I've learnt to turn a deaf ear to my families misgivings regarding my creative pursuits! :) x

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  24. Well the family may not be so impressed but we are!!!!!!! It's just lovely and you are so clever......the light through the detail is so beautiful and delicate.........I think it's amazing.
    I hope you have the most wonderful fun filled holiday.
    Love v

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  25. Inspired, Loo! What do Mr and Miss know anyway?! Great way to use and display all that gorgeous embroidery.
    Have a great holiday! xxxx

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  26. Wowser Lou! It looks like it could be in a Selina Lake book! Fantastic! xxx

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  27. Now I'm kicking myself for ignoring those embroidered thingys I always see at jumbles. If I'd known you could create something that fabulous I'd have snapped them all up!
    Happy holidays! xxx

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  28. Very clever indeed - I have one or two embroideries lurking in the house.....
    By the way I just wanted to say thank you for calling in - you were one of the first (and only) people to visit my blog and I thank you kindly for that. I have nearly stopped blogging many time but come back from the brink (drama Queen...)
    Have a lovely holiday
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  29. It looks lovely. Enjoy your hols! M x

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  30. oh this is gorgeous...i have been snuffling some embroideries away to do the very same thing...you have inspired me to get going! lovely x

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  31. What a simply fab idea! Much better than having them stuffed in a drawer and hardly ever seen,as mine are.
    Have a super-duper holiday!

    Bellaboo X

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  32. I think that's a really clever idea, I have hundreds of embroidered table & tray cloths all made by my grandma. I'd love to have them on show like this.

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  33. This is a super idea - I just love the final product - Super Jolie!

    Tks for your comment, really appreciate it

    Arianexx

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  34. It looks lovely much better than cutting them up
    Have a good holiday
    Cate x

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  35. love this - I've been looking at that Cath Kidston cushion too but your curtains are even better!

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  36. I've always thought of doing something like that, but wasn't sure how it would turn out, but now that I've seen your cute curtain I wish I had of! So lovely, and the curtain still lets the light in :)

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  37. Great idea sewing all these embroidered cloths together! Look at that masterpiece hanging on your window! Using the extra embroidered cloths you have as a curtain shows how resourceful you are. A fine job you did here!
    Roxie @ Allure Window Treatment

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  38. Great idea, I'm currently saving table clothes so you have inspired me :) looks wonderful at the window.

    Bee happy x

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