Yarn, Yorkshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

I am actually quite pleased with how this project turned out. It all started last year when I spotted this picture in a Woman’s Weekly Craft magazine.

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I just needed to do something similar. The first thing was to source a suitable frame. The one in the magazine came from Marks & Spencer and cost £25. Too much. But the Range stocked one which I liked even more and at a fraction of the price. Fast forward one year… and time to get cracking! First thing- assemble fabric, trimmings, saved objects and start to make my selection.

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Note that box of trimmings on the right- salvaged with permission by Mr E from a firm that made bikinis- samples of trimmings, ribbons, buttons, etc etc. Clever Mr E.

Starting to make my choice..

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Fabric from friends-ask anyone who makes pretty dresses for girls if you can have their off cuts.. I ended up using two such off cuts as background fabric, plus some home hand dyed silk ( by me). Keep all bits and pieces from chocolates, stationary gift boxes, cosmetics, broken beads and brooches. The fabric and trimmings are all sellotaped at the back, I have sewn on the buttons, fabric flowers and bells. The brooch was given to me by my Mother and comes from Switzerland and is just pinned on. What I like is that without too much trouble I can make other such pictures for the frame – maybe on an Autumn or Winter theme.

And here it is !

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How does it compare to my inspiration picture?

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It now has pride of place in my bedroom.

Linking in with Handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour

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Comments on: "Vintage inspired picture!" (35)

  1. Very nice idea! I really like it….cheerful and sentimental!

  2. Very pretty and I’m with you – your frame is even nicer.

  3. You are a very talented and creative lady. Your frame is beautiful.

  4. This seems like a good way to make some original artwork. It looks very pretty 🙂

  5. So pretty! And that box is my kind of salvage 🙂

  6. Loving your interpretation so nice that you can include pieces that mean something to you.

    • It does make it a bit more special. One of the pieces of fabric was the leftover from a cushion I made for my inherited grand daughter!

  7. How pretty and good for you getting such a bargain frame. I like how you’ve put the components together, well done.

  8. Excellent! I prefer yours. You’ll be on the look out for old frames to do up everywhere you go now! 🙂

    • Oh you know me too well- I was in a charity shop today and looking at old frames and wondering what I could do with them!!

  9. I love your version of the frame, it’s really pretty. It’s a great idea to link them to the seasons. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

  10. What a beautiful creation! Well done 🙂 Simmi x

  11. I like this a lot. Especially as it is easy to change as and when you feel like it.

  12. Great idea Cathy! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Tamara

  13. I really like your picture, and am very impressed that you still remembered you wanted to make it after a year – I’m terrible at starting something and never finishing!

  14. Such a clever idea – yours looks lovely. I love that you can use personal things to fill the frame.

  15. This is so pretty! It looks very similar to the inspiration piece, and for a fraction of the price, so good! xx


  16. cross(stitch)yourheart said:

    I like yours better than the picture actually. The charms really add a nice dynamic.

  17. I love it! What a great way to make a decoration using all the materials you like. A great idea and a very well made piece.

  18. Your picture is lovely. A great way to use up bits and pieces and display little trinkets that may otherwise be a in a box or drawer.

  19. Wow this is great how you managed to create your own frame and turned it into your own unique piece.

    Best wishes

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