Vintage linen applique collage

Anyone who knows me, knows I love embroidery and I especially love vintage linen with hand embroidery.  I always wonder who sat and stitched all those perfect little stitches.  Did they love stitching as much as I do?  Did it bring them joy and peace or was it something that caused them no end of stress!  

But what do you do when you find a whole lot of vintage linen pieces that are worn, stained, holey and unraveling?  Chop them up of course!  I decided to make some felt backed notebook covers and bookmarks.  

It was so much fun just applying Vliesofix to all the pieces then cutting them up into rectangles and squares and then just fiddling with the layout until I was happy.  I don't muck around too much, I just go with my gut instinct, when I like something I know it immediately.  

I have a great little blanket stitch on my Bernina and a nice open toe foot so I can see what I'm doing.  So quick and effective.  A pinking blade on my rotary cutter made trimming the felt so simple.  I want to make more of these.  Love just winging it in my sewing room.  

Even tiniest scraps can be used.  I hate wasting anything!  How could anyone throw out gorgeous hand embroidery seriously?  


Anonymous said...

Good ideas. The bookmarks are adorable and don't take much of the fabric.

I bet they sell out quickly.

Heather said...

Lisa this is such a beautiful way to use precious pieces of embroidered linen.... love it xxx

Too many eggs said...

Very clever idea