Monday 27 September 2021

There’s a Project afoot

Hi there everyone πŸ˜ƒ

It’s been a good old while since there has been anything crafty going on over here … not that there haven’t been projects buzzing around my head.

For a while now I’ve wanted to update the contents of a large photo frame with multiple apertures. For ages it’s been filled with photos from a trip to Heligan, a beautiful garden in Cornwall.

I wanted to make it a bit more personal and reflective of our own garden over the summer months.

I started off thinking I would fill it with watercolours that I’d done myself and started out with these echinacea …

… and some Roses …

… and some leaves

Well … for some reason I had a bit of a change of heart and thought I’d mix it up a bit … starting with a bit of a garden landscape made from fabric. I wasn’t particularly wanting it to look like the garden, as I thought that would be a bit tricky, but to just reflect the colours of our garden over the summer months.

It was time to get the scrap box out …

… and take a photo of the garden to see what I was looking for … I have only just taken the photo, so it’s more a reflection of autumn than summer, but I can remember the bits that have changed …
I was thinking of building up fabric strips in rows to reflect the colours of the garden … so starting at the bottom with earthy tones, moving up through greens for the grass and foliage, then purples and hot pinks for the flowers, with splashes of white and yellow, going back to greens for the tree canopy and then blues and whites for a summer sky … here is my first go at laying our the fabrics …
Straightaway I could see I needed to condense it down a bit if I wanted it to fit the largest aperture in the frame …

So I squished it all up a bit to fit the gap …
It was time to get out the sewing machine and have a go at stitching the pieces together, I did deliberate for a while over whether to seam them together or whether just to overlap the raw edges … in the end I opted for seaming. This did make it a bit tricky getting the spacing right and I did end up having to drop a couple of the pieces as it would have been too big. After I’d finished it and pressed it I had a go at playing with some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine and I’m quite pleased with the final result, though some of the strips are a little wrinkly …
So I’ve just got three gaps left to fill in my frame now … need to get my thinking cap on for what I can fill those with πŸ˜ƒ



  1. It's looking good and I like the idea of filling it with "crafty" pieces. What have you in mind next? Take care & hugs.

  2. Thank you … I’m still pondering … any suggestions very welcome πŸ˜ƒ. I may try some pressed flowers 🌸

  3. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I hadn't come across your blog before - you have some lovely photos and a gorgeous garden

    1. Thank you … I have been following you quietly for a while now and I love how Lavender Lodge has turned out … but then I am a lover of pretty much all things of the purple kind. Having found my blog I do hope you will drop by from time to time πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Oh wow, look at all those beautiful colours! Your watercolour flowers turned out so lovely. I like your idea of adding pressed flowers.

    1. I also have a few pressed leaves I might have a try with πŸ˜ƒ


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