March 21, 2012

My 1000 Page Visit Reward Present

As you know last week Bobbin Scissors Thread saw its first 1000 views cross the line and I promised myself a present as reward. Well I am checking in this week to let you know the decision has been made! Well multiple decisions have been made…… I not only found my present for the first 1000 but also the first 2000 and 3000. I did manage to control myself slightly and my 3000 page visit present is still in the shop but I have given myself my 2000 page visit present in advance, so if you want to help me out and not make me wait forever to really earn it keep checking back in regularly!
Okay so present number 1, the most sensational fabric. I have had my eye on this for so long and now it's finally sitting in my lounge room.  Mosaico in Green/Blue available through Releman & Son

I have it just draped across the ottoman at the moment but I think it is telling me it wants to be a throw blanket, will keep you posted. I love the Chinoiserie influence in the pattern and the mixture of Petrol blue and Kelly green, it connects to my charcoal blue wall and green accent pieces. All I need now is perhaps one more Kelly Green cushion in the mix and maybe a faux fur to back the throw with. 

Present number 2, is an amazing handmade African tribal shell necklace on stand purchased at Affordable Decorators . I love the little yellow pop it has and I am a sucker for anything tribal/African.

And this is how it all works in my lounge room [I am a horendous photographer!]. Still a little more work to do but I think my two new presents are at home. Thank you for helping me earn them!

March 19, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Pattern 101 Crewel

With the hot topics of Ikat, Suzani and Chevron ticked off the list what is the next pattern to tackle? Well with thanks to a good friend it was today suggested that we look at Crewel [it’s cool to be crewel!].
Crewel Embroidery or Crewel Work is a form of embroidery, specifically done using wool. The name translates to ‘ball of thread’ and has origins as far back as the 16th century.

Original 16th century Crewel work is often labelled Jacobean and refers to a recognisable arrangement of three specific patterns, being the ‘Tree of Life’ [a large trunk or stem filled with flowing leaves, exotic fruits and flowers], the ‘Elizabeth Scroll’ [sweeping large scale stems of leaves and flowers], and a ‘Wavy Border’ [a wave design enclosed by straight lines encapsulating a small design]. Jacobean patterns still today influence Crewel design however modern Crewel is now an array of all incorporating pattern and colour.

Nieman Marcus Crewel external back upholstered occasional chair, love!
Claremont Crewel By Schumacher

Tobi Farley Crewel upholstered dining chairs with matching drapery
Kravet Crewel.
Lee Jofa Crewel - Jacobean.
Beautiful double height Crewel drapery by Joe Nahem.

Williams Sonoma Crewel Bedlinen.
I love the contemporary Crewel of both the headboard and valance. As to what else is meant to be happening in that bedroom I am just not sure.
Chelsea Crewel by Jan Baker fabrics.
If you’re interested in more ways to incorporate a little Crewel work into your life, check out my Pinterest board
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