oh hello!  fell off the blogosphere for a week or so – must have been the school holidays – we were having too much fun :-) – there’s some lovely adventures to share and it’s sure nice to be back!

It’s a funny-peculiar time of year.  The deciduous trees are looking glorious – honestly, today when parking in my customary side street to pick up the wee girlies from school, my heart lifted up into the air and floated amongst the velvety green spring leaves of the plane trees.  They are transforming an elegant but bleak streetscape into a verdant cathedral of pale green light.   And the blossoms – everywhere is voluptuous with blossom.  But the weather – ghastly.  C–o–l–d.  Knife-like breeze.  Grey drizzle.  How on earth does the flora know it’s time to start the exhibition.

So I’m looking at spring, thinking of spring, choosing the colours of spring, but tugging my spring shawl tighter …. and putting on the heating at night.

During a shivery afternoon in the sewing shed, whilst helping Abby with her Gakupo costume (oy!  that’s another whole story) I made a bangle – from the inner cardboard ring of an almost empty ball of crochet cotton.  It’s lovely and thick and stiff.  I measured a piece of scrap batting against it (literally trimmed off the edges of a quilt – the only scraps I don’t keep are the pieces of trimmed thread – I am eternally optimistic!) …

quilted this onto a piece of lovely soft green polka dot (just like those leaves) …

cut larger circles out of the red of our roses (the first of whose petals we bottled in a batch of strawberry sauce on the weekend) … onto scraps of vlisefix first (left over from the Michaelmas banner), then ironed onto the scraps of red fabric …

and the smaller circles out of colourful wee scraps from the scrap basket – the yellow of the ranunculas, the blue and purple of the bluebells and stock, and the pink of the cherry blossoms …

work out where I like them …

then pop in pins at 12 o’clock to remind me, peel off the vlisefix and iron them on …

then embroidery … didn’t know when to stop, per usual

I work with this theory – a little bit is great and I can appreciate it’s elegance.  But I always push past this – only to then clap my hand to my forehead and think – oops, now it’s looking a bit manky – which I remedy by going completely to town – I always think this solves the crisis.  There’s no middle ground – a little bit – completely smothered.  Anything in between doesn’t work :-)  That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it :-)

I wrapped this wee quilty thing around the cardboard ring, nice and taut.  Folded over a hem and ladder stitched it hut.   Then cut into the edge, turned the edge in and glued it down with white glue.  I thought I would need to peg it, but I didn’t.

Instead, I wore it out to dinner at cousin Hannah’s – smelling slightly of eau – de – white glue.  Very spring like scent.

A fun and quick bit of stitchiness that drew me back to the sewing shed.  And who knows – it might serve as a totem and send these October showers on their way and bring back those magical days of warmth we had last month!

p.s. egads!  check out that wrinkly old hand.  It’s Julian’s fault.  I’m actually shedding skin like a snake.  And the dirty thumb nail – Julian’s fault again (if I was living in Queensland, I’d be able to blame Anna Bligh – alas, I’m now a Victorian so I’ll have to settle for Julian.)


a spring bangle – it’s almost a how to

8 thoughts on “a spring bangle – it’s almost a how to

  • October 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Ahhhh! That’s fabulous! I save ALL of my scraps too, including the skinny strips of binding offcut from my quilts. What a sweet little project to use up some scraps.

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

    you are amazing, you really do have a gift my friend!

  • October 11, 2011 at 3:02 am

    what a beautiful bangle! need to get my sewing machine out…feeling a tug to sew yet again :)

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have your blog in my favorites..I am amazed at how creative you are..I always enjoy stopping by.

  • October 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I love this idea and wondering if it would translate into napkin rings for the kitchen …

  • October 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Love it!!!
    I save Orts ( those tiny snips of thread left in the needle when you’ve completed each bit of stitching.) I chop them up a bit more and use them for stuffing my pin cushions.
    Great to have you back after the hols.
    Blessings Gail.

  • October 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm


    Don’t fret. They’re just the hands of a true artist and look ok to me.

    Blessings G.

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