…Well, maybe not quite thirty things since some of these took more than one day to complete! But still, I crafted every day. Can’t believe I’m now into the last quarter of the year and it’s time to start thinking about making things for Christmas presents.
My favourite September ‘make’ was more of a ‘makeover’: a probably-1930s octagonal library table that was battered and sad and had spent a year in a damp garage followed by a year in a dusty and spidery garden shed. Its veneer was splintery and stained beyond my ability to repair, but the structure was sound in all its joints, so I cleaned it, evicted the spiders, and decoupaged the whole thing with an assortment of vintage book pages. The top is a map of our local ‘patch’ from an old atlas. Four sticky, smelly coats of yacht varnish gave it a nice antique-y golden glow and it’s now back in action and proving very useful.
After a week of paper, glue and varnish it was a relief to get back to the beads! I’ve been trying to come up with some new designs for possible tutorials. Don’t ask me what stitch those hex pieces are, because I really don’t know. Although I came up with a few unprintable suggestions in the course of trying to figure out how to make the turn at the end of a row. Stay tuned.
At the end of the month I got the sewing machine out again and recycled a pair of old curtains, a bedspread and a grey felt blanket left behind by the removals company – all in the cause of re-covering three bentwood armchairs that we suddenly realised were twelve years old and getting rather tired in the upholstery department. This was my biggest-ever sewing project so far and I’m delighted with the results. I’ve known and loved this fabric all my life and now I get to see it – and more importantly, use it – every day. Plus, it’s proved to the family that there IS a point to my zealously hoarded vintage fabric stash!