Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beetroot Beauty

Beetroot dyeing is quite a beautiful experience.  
From Slicing the vegetable, extracting the colour and then infusing the paper petals with the pigment - it evokes a lot of visual colour-rich emotion!

Each batch of beetroot dyed paper turns out a slightly different shade of pinky red - with undertones of blue through to yellow.  
The colour fades naturally with time, so these vegetable dyed blooms have to be kept out of direct light to preserve their colour.  

If you would like some beetroot boutonnieres for your function, they are available online from the freshly found store.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Idea - To Re-use a Dish Towel

I am fascinated by the role that dish towels play in our culture.  
Some of them are used for drying hands and dishes.  Many are sold as souvenir items and cheerful gift options.  They are a blank canvas for artistic expression.  Many artists have specialised in Tea Towels! (I have a fair-sized collection of good-looking towels - and their purpose is strictly decorative!)

I decided to turn this bright dishcloth find into a pillow cover!   Once a lovely Linen London Souvenir, it caught my attention in a Pietermaritzburg charity shop a few weeks ago. 
It was a simple project. 
I folded the dishcloth in half and inserted a zip between the top and bottom edge, forming a tube.  I then made sure that the rather stern soldier was centrally positioned on the front edge, before stitching the 2 side seams.

This made for a patchwork-looking back - with 2 marching pigeons as the focal point!
The dishcloth was not damaged in any way, so it can be unpicked and used for it's original purpose any time.   I filled it with a square feather pillow, which I gently stuffed into the oblong shape cover.  It looks good on my living room  sofa :-)

So that's it - an easy 3-step process:
1 Find a suitable dish towel
2 Insert a zip closing
3. Stitch the side seams. 
Turn out the corners and stuff with a feather inner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Novelty Wooden Goodies

I had some fun with my macro lens, while photographing this pair of coathangers for the online store.
One is labelled with Union Castle Line, and I guess that means it may have hung up a sailor's uniform.
The other one is a folding or travelling coathanger, and it has bristles towards each end, which form a clothes brush when the 2 ends are folded together.
Some of the tiny colourful fibres of brushed jackets or coats are still stuck on the bristles of the brush.

I love the simple indented black print on the wood of the coathanger.

Available online in the Freshly Found Store here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh Reflections

The Freshly Found Gallery/Catalogue has just been published online with Issuu.  It contains a short overview of past and present freshly found work.
It has a front cover....

and a back cover ...
and a number of colourful pages inbetween.

It's been good to put together this summary and categorsie the work we are able to produce.  Reflecting on some of the past creativity, taking note of the present and dreaming about the future! 
Pop to the 'Gallery' tab at the top of the blog and have a quick page through :-)
 “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty Pink Print Proteas

Fresh and tender - Pink protea boutonnieres have been under construction.  
This indigenous favourite has been redesigned and now has a matching cotton cord bound stem and a hand twisted cord bow.  The outer petals are ink-dyed pink.
These blooms are multi-purpose - Wear as a brooch, a hair adornment or a buttonhole.
Or pop it into a mini vase for a gentle touch of colour.
Available online here

Monday, September 08, 2014

Colourful Book Collection

This cheerful collection of 14 vintage books has just gone into the Freshly Found online store.  This bunch was far too beautiful to pull apart and make into something else.   They are Book Art all on their own - and will look good as a bright vintage accent in a decor vignette!  The books were published in the 1950s and early 1960s and were part of a series from The Companion Book Club (London).  I love the gently coloured

Monday, September 01, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Picnic that Never Happened

A while ago we went to an outdoor dinner with a group of friends.  We all brought parts of the meal, and I was responsible for the decor.  I decided to use paper that I had at home to create place mats and candle holders.  I was rather pleased with the outcome.  (*)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Re-styled Cardigan

I thought I'd show you a project I did a while ago.  A friend gave me a beautiful cotton cable jersey that she was no longer wearing.  I wore it as a v-neck pullover for a while, but decided I would rather have a cardigan.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cords - Rainbow Tinted Coils

I have a copy of Elizabeth Glasier Foster's book - Embroidery and Design in the New Stitchery, published in 1926.  Included in this volume is a chapter on making the most interesting cords.
Her colourful encouragement lights up the black and white pages with expressions like:
"Cord constitutes a very effective, artistic and most inexpensive form of trimming for dresses, hats and all sorts of household articles."
"The twisting and the twining of the bright-coloured threads into rainbow-tinted coils..."