Monday, 29 September 2008
Cushion update and Cath Kidston-esque curtains
Well, sorry for the delay in posting, but I've had a bit of a mare in trying to upload photos. I haven't managed to get all I wanted, but I wanted to blog about progress on the cushion...and my curtain find!
The cushion has a frill. I've never done frills before. I had to cut a piece of gingham 36 inches by 4 inches, and a floral pattern 36 inches by 8 inches. Then each is cut into four length ways, and the four strips from each joined - to form a floral strip that is 4 x 36 inches long by an inch wide, and a gingham strip 4 x 36 inch long that's 2 inches wide. Phew. Then one side of the strips has to be hemmed:
So that means folding it over and over again and ironing it and then doing the same to the other, and then hemming it. Lost the will yet?! I almost did. I don't even want to work out 36 x 8. All I know is it seems to go on for ever!
That's not the worst. I now have to cut a third - a larger frill. I've decided I may cheat and use a wide bit of lace if I can find something that suits!
Now, next I've got to run a double line of stitching on the long side opposite the hemmed edges to then gather them up so they fit around the cushion top. Good grief. As if I haven't got enough to be doing. Why on earth I challenged myself to this, I'll never know. Although I'm beginning to - it's in the back of my mind that this'll be for my mum's birthday. She'd better love it, that's all I can say!
I'll try and post another picture soon.
As to my curtains. I'm excited about this. These are the curtains the previous owners left and so they've been in place for ever. I have hated them with a passion.
I crumbled when I walked into a charity shop and saw these...
I now smile everytime I see them (though they don't really go with our walls - I need to chop off the pink, I think, because they have the pink at the top, and a thicker width of pink at the bottom).
I'm not sure, but I think these are a Cath Kidston design for Ikea. Any clues from anyone?
And does anybody collect Colcough bone china. I think I may have started. I found such a pretty pattern today in an antique fair, but just a few bits. I'll try and post a picture soon.
And a huge thank you to Melmel and Debbie at Debbie's English Treasures for passing on the Super Commentator Award to me. It's lovely of you both - I'll add your names at the side above the award. Big hugs.