Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Something New From Something Old

Hi everyone

Many years ago my big brother was the first of us siblings to get married and I knew  I had to make him and his betrothed, Sylvia a special present.  They got married in 1990 making these butterflies 23 years old!
This was what I came up with:

It was a commemorative cushion with hand embroidered butterflies ( one to represent Sylvia and the other Allan) and goldwork lettering.
Seeing this again after so many years has been a blast.  I hadn't remembered all the leaves, nor the amount of couching around the leaves and butterflies.

The reason I have this back is because I stupidly used goldwire for the lettering.  Unfortunately this turns black after time if it is left in the open air.  I don't know what I was thinking as i knew this.

So, I have decided to give this piece a makeover.

I am going to cut out and applique the butterflies onto a new background and then quilt it. It will become a wall hanging.

I am not sure how I am going to tackle these little tendrils but I will figure it out.
I have some gorgeous purple batiks waiting in the wings but I probably won't get started until the Christmas festivities are over..

One thing I realised after seeing this again is that maybe I should be doing more embroidery in my quilts - after all embroidery was my first love!
Watch this space and I'll keep you up to date with my progress.
Thanks for visiting .
Til next time


Diane-crewe said...

how wonderful to rediscover some "old" work .. and discover just how beautiful it is x shame it has to be cut up .. but hope to see something just as beautiful emerge xx

Genee' Davis said...

That is gorgeous! It will be even more beautiful when you make into a wall hanging! Will it be part of your collection you show?

Suzanne McFadden said...

As always, the beauty of your work just blows me away! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas!

Irishredhead said...

Can't wait to see it made over into a wall hanging. They will be blown away! Love your work!

Irishredhead said...

Can't wait to see it made over into a wall hanging. They will be blown away! Love your work!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I think you are correct, you need to do more hand embroidery on your quilts. I host a series called Clever Embroidery on my blog and would love to profile you and your quilts here, do let me know?

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