...with this wonderful lady. It was lovely that so many of you left comments and emailed me about your admiration and love of Julie and her work. It is well deserved as you will see.
Julie had a whole wall adorned with her work which she had brought to show us. She started the workshop by talking us through each of the pieces and it was interesting to hear her inspirations.
These brooches are based on one Julie saw at the Imperial War Museum. (You can see it in my blog post here, the woven horseshoe-shaped brooch worn by the little girl.)
Julie likes to use vintage clothing, in particular children's clothing, to display her work which is really charming. She had bought this little boy's suit last year from Linda and Lizzy, two of the vintage dealers who were at Cowslip with their stall again this year. The large bunch of wild flowers is Julie's latest piece which she had recently finished.
Love these watches!
We were all raring to go and get making. We started off with the 1940's style brooch. My weekend was made even better by the fact that Donna was also attending the workshop and we spent a lovely two days nattering and crafting away next to each other. (I was also privileged to inspect Donna's private stash!) Donna has also blogged about her weekend, do go and see.
I had previously had a go at the 1940's brooches myself, with a distinct flowery theme, so I decided to do something a little different and chose a fabulous golly fabric I bought from Donna a while ago.
I also made this Suffolk puff bracelet. I am a massive bracelet fan and I have been wearing it every day since I made it on Sunday. We are inseparable!
The bad thing about the weekend was that it just wasn't long enough! All the pieces were hand sewn which is very time consuming so I managed to make the golly brooch, the Suffolk Puff bracelet and a couple of wild flowers in two days. (Don't forget, there was fabric shopping, nattering and cake munching to be done.)
The inspiration certainly didn't start and end in Launceston though, and I couldn't wait to make a few more things this week once I got home and was safely ensconced once more in my Den.
I bought this gorgeous little Fair Isle jumper in Revival (a great vintage clothing shop) a couple of weeks ago when we went to Totnes. It would no way fit me but I loved it as soon as I saw it hanging in the window and home to the Den it came because I didn't want to wear it, I wanted to use it to display things.
On Sunday afternoon at Cowslip, a very nice lady from the cafe brought us in a plate of scones with jam and clotted cream (of course). Many ladies went ga-ga over the scones, we're pretty addicted to the scone-jam-cream thing here too, so my little creature became "Scones" to remind me of my weekend!
I've used all vintage fabrics, it just seems right somehow, and couldn't wait to get going with the ones I bought from Donna at the weekend as well as my existing stash. Afterwards, the creatures are dyed gently in tea to give them a worn and loved look.
As Julie says, guaranteed to be right twice a day!
I used a piece from a vintage embroidered coaster as the basis for this brooch and added a phrase my sister loves, "Fairer than any rose". Julie confessed to having a huge collection of these old embroidered cloths; a lady after my own heart!
Another cute creature with a vintage brooch (I have a large collection of these too, so it's nice to find a way to use one).
My gorgeous vintage golly (bought for 10p from a stall at my school fair when I was little) has pinched the golly brooch...
However, I am certainly not going short because as I mentioned earlier, after I'd been to the Imperial War Museum myself and with the New Year Hols ahead of me, I made myself a handful of the 1940's style brooches back in January. I painted this cheap frame (from the £1 shop) in this fetching green to which I have become quite addicted, cut a piece of board to size to which I stuck some light foam and then wrapped in lovely vintage fabric, et voila. This hangs in my Den, the perfect bit of wall art, but I do wear the brooches when I fancy.
My beloved Suffolk Puff bracelet...
Finally, I said I had made some wild flowers. Julie had brought some vintage books with her which had been the inspiration for her wild flower brooch. I have the very same book at the cottage! I am a sucker for all those old cheap-as-chips books which have fantastic colour plates inside as well as spot-on information and we have quite a collection about flowers, trees, birds, eggs and their nests and so on. I need to make a poppy but for now, this is my little bunch.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing Julie's work and the things she inspired me to produce. I've been wearing a few of my pieces each day, I've got the bug! She is certainly a lovely as well as very clever lady, I may have been able to reproduce the designs but the ideas are all hers. I'm sure her influence shall endure.
P.S. Just noticed, this is my 350th post!!!