acquired this last week, which has been a lovely diversion from all the sick people around me. Colds and flu and it's only October whatever will the winter bring !! (I have a terrible book habit.)
I've loved Poppy's work for a long time, you can see some of her bags, coffee cosies, egg cosies and cushions here. (She makes tea and coffee cosies for Claridges Hotel you know!)
I'm completely guilty of dragging protesting children into shops to admire her bags. Now they're older they more often stand outside and wait, pulling faces of desperation at me through the window! I just love that 'folky' charming style she has, that looks so simple and yet you just know that it isn't. I love the way she signs her work too. as any artist would. A stroke of genius!
The book is about the stitching techniques (by sewing machine)... feed dogs down, darning foot or no darning foot (depends on how brave you are) and off you go. She talks about suitable fabrics to use, those which help create more texture in your work, the role played by the frayed edges of the applique in the 'look' of final project.
Poppy also talks bout threads and mixing bobbin colours and top thread colours to achieve yet more effects as you stitch in this free and easy way. There's loads of information about finishing off your work, layering fabrics, stitching, drawing and shading plus some projects to try. I think it's one of those books that reveals more secrets as you begin to experiment and understand a little more of what she's saying and why it's important.
There are a few stitching projects in the book; a greetings card, book cover, wall tidy, egg cosies bag, clutch type purse, apron and headband, picnic blanket, doorstop, coffee pot cosy, cushion covers and curtains. All made completely stylish and charming with the stitching.
As the 'girls' are very busy laying eggs I thought I would start with an egg cosy....
The patterns are included at the back of the book but they're the kind you either photocopy and enlarge (sometimes) or trace in some way. Templates for the applique motifs are included too.
I followed the egg cosy pattern almost slavishly, but I think if you really want to develop a skill at something 'copying' a master isn't a bad place to begin. Artists do that don't they when they study the 'greats', copy in order to understand.
O.K. back to reality and my little egg cosy. I hooped up the fabric in my tiniest hoop.
My sewing machine paniced and demanded oil before it would allow me to go any further. But once that was done, I lowered the feed dogs, added the darning foot and sewed in black and pink... felt like a bit of a rebel...
My finished egg cosy. Simple but charming...
Pink background fabric with a little polka dot heart in a cranberry red- a sugary sweet colour combination and I used a red 'stripy' fabric for the loop and the lining.
My big complaint is that the
scribbly freestyle stitching was over too quickly. So, I'm going to attempt a 'free and easy' stitched cushion cover next with a few more motifs or maybe a tea cosy.