Sunday, 31 October 2010

Guest Post : 'Punk Patchwork' by Vix of Vintage Vixen

Hi Folks
Apologies for not posting in a while - a lack of time and not very exciting things happening has led to a bit of a blog holiday. Also having a bit of a style overhaul both personally (possibly to be revealed at a later date) and with the blog. As such, I'm delighted to bring the first of my guest posts. The post is by the lovely Vix at Vintage Vixen - a truly stylish and inspirational lady. Enjoy!

'Punk Patchwork' by Vix of Vintage Vixen
Basically it's my punk approach to patchwork, I've called it "Random Acts Of Patchwork". I'm not very patient and once I get an idea in my head I tend to rush it through to maintain my interest, once it gets put aside I rarely go back to finish it. I made this method of patchwork up, I haven't seen it before.

The daybed is Edwardian and was found in a skip many years ago in a poor state. I sanded it down and restained it with Jacobean Oak, a lovely dark woodstain we always use on our floorboards.
It's currently sitting in our guest bedroom being very well-used by the cats.

I made the bolster cover by cutting a piece of old sheeting to size and hemming it. I then rifled through my stash of 1950's barkcloth curtains, vintage bed sheets, satin curtains and off-cuts of dresses (all bought second-hand) cut them into random sized pieces, pinned them haphazzardly on the sheet and zig-zag sewed them into place using a bright pink thread. The edges were trimmed with baby pink bias binding.

For the smaller cushions I used old covers I bought at a jumble sale and I did the same with scraps of fabric but this time I hand sewed them using some embroidery thread.

All my thread and trimmings are second-hand. I don't think I've ever bought a new reel of cotton.

The quilt on the day bed is a 1930's one I bought for 50p at a car boot sale and the crochet Afghani blanket was one of Mum's creations back in the late 1960's.

Many thanks to Vix for this great post x

All images courtesy of Vintage Vixen


Vintage Vixen said...

I'm glad you liked it, Liz. I'm not the most accomplished of needelwoman so it probably doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. xxx

Helga! said...

How wonderful to have a guest like Vix!! Inspired ,and an inspirational woman!!
Love the "punk"patchwork idea!!! Might have to steal that!!!

The Vintage Knitter said...

You found the daybed in a skip?! I'm always in awe of your magpie instincts, Vix! I love your punk take on patchwork, it looks great on the day bed with all your other soft furnishings.

bollywoodstylediaries said...

wow, u are one accomplished woman!! love the day bed and I cant belive you also buy ur sewing threads from jumble sales!! u are amazing!!

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Vix, as ever I'm deeply impressed with your creativity. The fabrics you've used are gorgeous! xx

Make Do Style said...

Punk patchwork is the way to go!! xx

Shirl said...

Looks great ... :0)

Shirl x