Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Lacy Boho

Oh my goodness - it's been so long since I blogged!

A combination of things...... moving house, hubby working away and so living in limbo between two parts of the country..... and suffering badly with arthritis (to the point where I've had to give in and buy a walking stick).  I just haven't had the oomph to do any sewing.  I have dragged out some crochet I last touched about 5 years ago - a blanket I will probably be the rest of my life making- or a proper granny at the very least by the time it's finished.

Yesterday, I finally did a bit of sewing.  Very simple, very quick, and a bit quirky.  I've made a scarf that I can definitely describe as boho.... here modelled by Skinny Bitch.

Grabbing three different fabrics, I simply cut long narrow triangles of different sizes and whizzed them together.  No hems, no pinning (no idea what I was doing really until it was finished) - but the end result is my sort of weirdness and I'm rather pleased with it.

I measured the length of an existing scarf to ensure it would be the right size to wrap around my neck, and cut the largest triangle out of an old skirt using pinking shears.  (This 50p car boot sale bargain has come in handy before, when I re-vamped a denim jacket for my daughter.  So much material in a wrap-around skirt!

I found just enough trim to sew around the edges.  Next I hacked at the back of an old shirt of hubbys, again with pinking shears - this time adding an edge of blue ribbon.  The inside triangle was simply the corner of an old lace tablecloth...... ready trimmed!  In hindsight, I do wish I'd tea-dyed this piece before sewing it together - as it would have been a more subtle, vintage look.  Never mind.  There's still three corners left for another attempt.

After laying them one on top of another, I just whizzed along the edge with the machine, whilst holding down some vintage lace on top.  Then I simply snipped more pieces of lace and did another whizz along to attach them at random intervals.

Here I am doing my best stuffed hamster impression (think hope desperately I went a bit wrong with the cropping function on my phone).  Oh - and the hair's changed colour too - I am now in the midst of a blonde phase.

I'm definitely going to be doing more of these scarves, as it was super-quick to do, costs next to nothing - and a great way of using up stash.