Thursday, 7 July 2011

Some things old, something new...

To start with, I thought I'd share a couple of pieces of treasure today. 

First of all, something that had been lurking behind the desk for a year (or maybe even two!) waiting to be given a new piece of glass.  I bought this beautiful tray on ebay, but sadly it was not well packaged and arrived with the glass smashed to smithereens!  I got a piece of glass cut for it quite quickly, but it was too big, and so it wasn't until I needed glass for last week's tray that this one was cut to size.  Here's the result...

I should have taken photos of the embroidery before putting it under the glass!  It is really beautifully done - incredibly neat.

Next, another crinoline lady.

I bought this rather shabby little tea cosy a couple of weeks ago. It's about half the size of a normal tea cosy.

  The first time I saw it in a local Antiques Centre, I resisted temptation, even though I was fascinated by the technique used to create the flower border.  A week or so later, I found myself driven to return, hoping against hope that it would still be there.  

I went to the room where I had seen it and was crestfallen not to find it...

But just as I was about to leave, I spied it out of the corner of my eye and swiftly scooped it up!

The flowers are all made from minute pieces of felt, some of them intricately cut into petals.  Embroidered detail has been layered on top.  You can see that there used to be paving stones drawn on, and possibly some other 'painted' bits - or perhaps this is just colour run from the felt?

Today, I decided to have a go at recreating the felt flower border (if not the armless, half-neckless lady).  

I got a hole punch and cut tiny circles from lots of different colours of felt scraps, and cut other shapes free-hand.  Then I created my flowers and stitched them on.
And here is what I made...

A great way to use up the tiniest of scraps!
I'm now dreaming up other things to decorate with these miniature felt flowers!

In case you haven't read my last post, just to let you know I'm doing a giveaway.  You can read about it, and how to enter,  here.  

One of the prizes is a 'Beach Hut, Bunting and Daisies' Needlecase.  Just in case you're not a red, white and blue kinda gal (or fella, as the case may be!), here's an alternative colourway.  The winner can choose which they'd prefer!


  1. The flowers turned out beautifully. I wish I had your patience!

  2. hallo, what a lovely cosy blog to find and i love your treasures, your recreation is gorgeous too x

  3. Beautiful tray and cozy So glad you found it and how them compliment each other

  4. clever clever you! love the tea cosy sooo much. Brilliant the way you did the flowers. talented you! x

  5. That piece of embroidery in the tray is gorgeous. Your little felt flowers are very sweet.

  6. What beautiful intricate work - well done! The flowers you have made are lovely!
    Liz (Shortbread & Ginger)

  7. Oh Alix your felt flowers really are the business! - well done. I definitely want to try this technique

  8. I love how you made those little flowers so pretty.

  9. Yours is delightful & all the things very pretty

  10. You're a genius! That's brilliant. xxx

  11. what a couple of beauties, they look so perfect, love the colours too.
    I think your flowers are every bit as lovely, very impressive.
    I'm off to enter your give away...thankyou
    j x

  12. I have a piece of embroidery very similar to the one in your tray. You have inspired me to find it and DO something with it. Perhaps I'll make a tray as you did. Thank you for your inspiration.