Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Something out of nothing
I have spent the past fortnight being too busy to do much gardening. Now that I've got some time to play with, it's raining, cold, windy and grey! I don't have any indoor plants to tend (for some reason I've never successfully kept a houseplant, apart from the violets in my bathroom) and, having promised myself a few days of doing what I want, I turned to ragging.
With my mind still on the garden, I decided to make some more corsages. I love mixing the colours, textures and prints in these brooches and part of the fun is trying out different colour combinations. I often recycle fabrics and its fun seeing things appear in a different guise. One of the favourite things I ever made was a rug for my oldest daughter when she was just a toddler, I used her tiny tee shirts and baby gros as fabrics and they were transformed into a colouful rug which held very special memories for me. Unfortunately my daughter also loved it too and the years of spilling her drinks (and other things) over it took their toll and it was sadly replaced a couple of years back.
Sometimes I dye the fabrics I want to use and I love to see metres of fabric in vibrant colours drying in the garden (back to the garden again)! It's also fun to experiment with fabrics that you wouldn't usually have used, trying to recycle as much as possible of what's lying around and catches my eye. Making something out of nothing is what it's about.
This one is definitely a bit of a hybrid - belongs in a bright, sunny border I think! Perfect for summer and days when the weather needs cheering up.