Wednesday, 15 February 2012

A Bee in my Bonnet...

It is no secret that I have a major fabric addiction and occasionally I get quite obsessed with a particular fabric and while away many hours dreaming up ways to use it. Melody Miller's* Bee Springtime was one such fabric.




I bought half a metre from The Eternal Maker and therefore only had one whole bee in the piece of fabric which I put to use in a mat to sit underneath the glass top of this washstand I have recently renovated and painted for my bedroom. I hand-sewed a simple running stitch hem with perle thread and some lazy daisy stitches over some of the printed details on the fabric.





Along with a roll of wallpaper by Rob Ryan that I spotted in Grand Designs magazine while I was in the hairdressers, my bedroom has a very welcome splash of colour to compliment my super-colourful ripple.




With the rest of the half metre (and part of another bee!) I made a big square cushion to sit on my bed. The coordinating fabrics are from fat quarters from the rest of the Ruby Star Spring line and some plains I had in my stash. It was always going to be a difficult to make something that wouldn't get overpowered by the ripple, but I think this bee holds its own marvellously.





I am camped out in my sewing room crafting to my heart's content this week (and last week too!) as my kitchen is being decorated and so I have been booted out of my usual haunt! It looks like this today and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished new look by the end of the week.





*This little video made me smile so much when I first saw it last year.


14 comments:

  1. Loving the fabric, wallpaper and your kithchen - oh and that fab link :-)

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  2. Your bedroom looks fabulous and you can see that your kitchen is going to be too! I need to extend my creativity from just knitting - I need to get back into the sewing room! Lucy x

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  3. Don't suppose you fancy coming and telling me how to decorate my bedroom do you? And the hallway and possibly the kitchen too while we're at it.

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  4. Oh so cheery in every way! And I am loving your kitchen even in its current state!

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  5. You bedroom looks like such a beautiful and peaceful haven and it sounds like you could use one right now with all that work going on in the kitchen. It's going to look fab though!

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  6. Utterly beautiful! I love the runner and those stitches look so cute!
    The wallpaper is divine - my husband gives me a Rob Ryan tile every year - I'm hoping to collect enough to cover a table top or something!
    The cushion is wonderful too - can I have your house?!

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  7. That hand stitching is so neat! Love the bedroom wallpaper and hope we get another peak at the kitchen once it's finished.

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  8. Overwhelmed by need to see all this in person.

    X

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  9. Tracey!! love everything. That wallpaper is a stroke of genius, the fabric is modern and just perfect... and the kitchen?

    well, shall we have another '3Cs' meeting to christen it?

    You must be very happy!!

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  10. Your stitching is so beautifully neat! Cannot wait to see how the newly renovated kitchen turns out - it's looking fab so far.

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  11. Oh I love the wallpaper! Well actually I love all of it :)

    Agree with Monica re 3C meeting (still feeling so sad about missing the first) and with Dottycookie re your most perfect stitching!

    K x

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  12. What lovely wallpaper, especially set against the pink jug. But it's the cushion I really want! The flashes of plain colour against the patterns are lovely. Feel very inspired, thank you!

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  13. Wow -- that's an awesome bedroom. I LOVE that wallpaper. And your kitchen -- I can't wait to see it -- I'll bet you're beside yourself with anticipation!

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  14. Oh the bee! The impossibly perfect lazy daisy! The way the ripple coordinates with the cushion. Oh and the wallpaper. I'm in danger on having too many exclamation marks - did you notice I turned them off back there? I can hardly wait to see your new kitchen scheme.

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