Monday, February 20, 2012

The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer. . . . I think a fitting name for another new pattern for Nashville. The combination of several of our rose-pinks, greens and our ever popular Pond Scum color. It is kind of what I would call a 'modern' color combination for these motifs that came from a simply stunning old sampler that I own. Yes, the entire sampler will be available sometime in the future, but for now I will tempt you with my updated version of these motifs. Since I took the picture of the pin keep I actually ended up adding some pins to the ribboned edge. I love making my own pins for the edges of pin keeps, using silk pins and beads from the beading store.
I love needle cases, especially customizing them to make them my own. I blanket stitched two hand-dyed wool pieces together for the inside needle pages and attached them to one side. on the other I made a small pocket where a handmade ATC (artist trading card) I made with fabric and a spider web rose in our chenille. I had entitled the card "The Last rose of Summer" when I traded it with a friend. Now it has its own pocket for safe keeping. . . . .
Until later. . . . .as I do indeed dream of the Last Rose of Summer, or rather look forward to the first rose of summer during this time of winter.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

La Fleur Memory Keeper, Button Box & Pin Keep

A preview of something new for Nashville. La Fleur Memory Keeper, Button Box and Pinkeep.
Gather old vintage buttons or purchase new ones to make these items personalized by your own buttons. Inside are several pockets to hold old letters, pictures or other memorabilia. You could finish the memory keeper into a lovely thread roll if desired also. Rolled up and tied with our hand-dyed 13mm ribbon the roll fits perfectly in the Paper Mache box which was painted and aged with Bri-Wax. The Memory Keeper is a separate pattern and the Button Box and Pin Keep a separate pattern. We will have a third pattern available in March/April that is a needle case, beeswax holder (yes we will have a special waxer also), and a button scissor fob.
Our hand-dyed 1/4" velvet ribbon finishes off the edges of the pin keep and the top of the button box. We made our own beaded pins using silk pins and beads. If you wanted to change the colors of the flowers and stitch on a neutral linen this would be lovely and we have many choices in velvet ribbon available to match our Silk 'n Colors.