A vintage wedding with Stone Two Birds

A few months ago I was asked by a friend, who has the most wonderful wedding planning company, to help create some items for a 1940′s style wedding, for a wedding fair they were attending in April.  Of course I said yes, and we started working on ideas of how to create some Union Jack style bunting but in pink and green.  We eventually decided on the plain pink background with mint green felt to make the crosses, and the white from lace stitched behind the felt. And of course you have to have gingham!

Union Jack bunting Another part of helping them create the 1940′s look was to make some tea cosies.  So I managed to source some vintage tea cosy patterns, and created them in the pink and green of the bunting.  These looked amazing with the green Beryl teapots that Stone Two Birds had managed to find.

tea cosyS2B table

Another request was for some bridal SOS kits, a little bag that could hold a few emergency supplies to help her get through the day, eg headache tablets, hair grips, plaster etc.  So I created a selection of crocheted bags from cream and white cotton, lined with blue linen, and finished with two stone bird beads, which I was so pleased at finding!

sos bags

It was such a delight working with a group of people who had such original ideas for a wedding, and being able to help with the whole homemade ethos of the time was great.

If you ever need any event planning, then you really do need to check out Stone Two Birds, they have amazing ideas, and work so hard in making your day special.

(photos from Stone Two Birds, used with their kind permission)

The story behind the “Hibiscus” bag

Way back, when I got my wheel about 18 months ago, a dear friend, Dawn, sent me some zwartble/suffolk cross wool.  A beautiful silvery grey colour. Some she had carded, some she left for me to card, so I had an introduction to some of the processes that go into spinning wool.  By the time I came to spin it up I had managed to get my spinning quite fine and consistent, and I was very proud of my first decent wool.I then got asked by a friend to make her a bag like the one I had made for myself for the Guild challenge this last Christmas.  She decided she liked the grey wool, so I set too.  However, it was very quickly apparent that I had spun it too fine to be used as a bag, so doubled up the wool to create the right thickness of wool.

And so, as is the way when knitting in the round I cabled, and cabled, and cabled until I ran out of wool!!  Yep, because I had to double up the yarn it didn’t go as far as I had hoped, and Dawn kindly sent some more wool, this time I had to wash it too, and the transformation was amazing.  Once it was processed, and spun, I could carry on knitting.Until we came to the finished bag!  Well, that wasn’t quite the end of the story.  About half way into making the bag I remembered a sweet little black and silver button with flower on it that had been part of my Nan’s button stash, which I knew just had to go with this bag.  I also decided a lovely bright pink and white floral lining would look good.  But do you think I could find such material?Browsing the internet, I happened across some hibiscus material in America that a lovely lady was selling in a sale.  It was perfect, and guess what… the flower on the button is also a hibiscus.  Which has subsequently given this bag the name of the Hibiscus bag. 

Handpsun, handknitted shoulder bag

Last year my local guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers had a competition amongst themselves to create a bag using at least one of the disciplines that guild promotes, ie spinning, weaving dyeing or felting.  I produced a rustic looking bag with some of my first handspun wool.

I felt very honoured that a friend liked it so much she asked me to make her one.  I am also very pleased to say that my spinning has improved tremendously since those early days, so this is the bag I am currently working on.  All the wool is spun, it is a beautiful silvery colour, which is the natural colour of the fleece of this zwartble/suffolk cross.

The main body of the bag is nearly complete, leaving the shoulder strap and the flap to complete.  I think a bold pink and white floral design fabric will make a wonderful lining, and a silvery button for the flap.

So there’s our first sneeky peek at what is being made at the moment.