Petal & Pins

Category: vintage

Real & Imagined

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve loved purses since I was a child and have a fondness for vintage ones.

This is a lino-cut I did inspired by the shape of a black Cornnelli embroidered one I have with an imagined floral tapestry pattern.

Minarets & Lion’s Tail

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

This morning I wandered into the garden to choose some flowers for ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

Some of the things I picked for this arrangement are Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum, Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonurus, Iris foetiidissima seed pods and Bergenia leaves.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The dark chocolaty brown leaves are from a bush that perhaps someone can identify for me – I don’t think it’s a particularly attractive bush – but I must say it is very effective in a vase.

When I was picking the lion’s tail I liked the stems with just the sculptural trio of green ‘balls’ as much as the ones with the burst of orange petals. In writing this post I discovered they are also referred to as ‘minaret flowers’ which is easy to see why.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The still life was arranged on my lounge room mantelpiece and includes some of my vintage wooden cotton reels, the petite shoes bought on my last day in Paris and several volumes of the New Harmsworth Self-Educator that belonged to my grandfather.

It was published circa 1913 and there are some interesting and eclectic topics. Since my blog is called Petal & Pins I found something with a ‘pin’ theme to share with you.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

‘In A Vase On Monday’ was started by Cathy from Rambling In The Garden – take a look at hers and perhaps one Monday you might like to share yours!

Bobbles & Pom Poms

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

I don’t have a wattle tree in my garden but  the wattle trees around my neighborhood are out in a blaze of yellow. The ‘fluffy’ flowers are a ‘sunny’ sight even if the day is not. I have an old jumper which is hand knitted in a stitch that makes little bobbles  and when I see the wattle it reminds me of this.

On my last visit to Sydney I looked through my mothers old knitting patterns and found a 50’s vintage one for a beret – I’m not a knitter so mum volunteered to have a go at making one. This morning she emailed to say it’s finished! – I just need to make and add the pompom which I’m thinking of creating in some faux fur instead of a wool.

I’m crossing my fingers it arrives in time to take away on a shack weekend  – perfect for winter beach walks. And I wonder what flowers I’ll find on the east coast of Tassie at this time of year?

PS. Thanks mum!

Brocade and Berries

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

The week started off with warm days and balmy nights but by the end Autumn’s presence was felt, leading me to make myself a coat out of French matelassé in a paprika and metallic black using a pattern traced from a vintage 60’s evening coat.

I can’t remember from where or when I acquired the vintage coat but imagine I was attracted to the fabric – an emerald green & gold rose patterned  brocade – as much as the cocoon shape cut.

I traced off the pattern a few seasons ago, it was the perfect shape to create a coat for a client from an exquisite gold thread embellished vintage sari she had bought on her travels.

My  Garden Fairy’s green leaf coat is a similar cut with the added detail of red berry cuffs and collar.

Choosing Sides

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

The ‘wrong side’ of some fabrics is sometimes just as beautiful as the right side and can make a more interesting choice for a design.

Cotton prints reversed can have a faded vintage feel, the reverse of some brocades show the pattern in bands of stripes and jacquards can have a striking positive/negative effect that begs to have both sides showing.

The underside of the Morning Glory flowers revealed softer shades of purple and a pleat like texture that inspired a very different look to the previous Garden Fairy’s dress – which is your favourite?

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