As a follow-on from my 'Foraging' post, here are the first little pillows I've made using the thistledown. I have to say it works a treat, and I thoroughly recommend it as a stuffing filler, though you do need quite a lot as it squashes down. I went collecting again on Friday, but it is now really past its best after the rain last week.
I've had this threadbare patchwork quilt for ages, but decided to rescue what patches I could from it to make the front designs on these. Unpicking each patch and then re-stitching them together by hand was a bit of a labour of love, but I got a lot of satisfaction from saving even the tiniest piece that didn't have a hole in it! The scrappy bits of quilt left won't get thrown away though; I shall use them to decorate labels and business cards.
I really enjoyed taking part in the first Decorative Living Fair last wednesday, and a huge thank you to everyone who visited my stand. I only saw a small portion of all the loveliness that was on sale in the Chelsea Town Hall, but I could easily have spent a fortune!
I met the lovely Lucy from "Love Lane Vintage' with her beautiful handmade clothes, and she asked if I would like to take part in her fairs. So along with the Eridge Fair in May I think a business trip/come holiday in my van to Sussex will be on the cards.......already looking forward to next year!