A journey of creative thoughts and projects.

Working in conjunction with a wonderful local museum, surrounded by the beauty of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales, the inspiration I find for creative projects and a meet up with all the lovely people I find there.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Fancy a game of marbles ?

This item, or should I say items, was actually the first thing at the museum to inspire me to needle and thread - it just took a little while to stitch!! I was looking for fun, colour and simplicity to set me on my way......
....this lovely old, shop sweetie jar is kept at the museum, jam packed full of old marbles - often wee handfuls are used as a little 'prize' for children that come through, it brought to my mind the type of patchwork traditionally known as 'Suffolk Puffs' or more recently as 'yo-yo's. This type of patchwork was popular in the first half of last century, the material is stitched in such a way that the fabric gathers in the middle - puffing out the fabric.

I gathered together as many bright and cheerful fabrics as I could from my stash and set to work stitching numerous circles, thinking of my childhood forays into playing marbles and the way a bag of new marbles felt like a treasure trove to me at that age.
(I did buy a bag of new marbles too, and still got that same little buzz from the shiny sparkle of the little glass orbs!)
I had also seen a second hand book for sale at the museum and remembered my children having that self same 'tome' - I never knew there were so many different ways to play marbles!!

Having stitched nigh on 100 circles I felt it was time to call it quits and turned the little circles into a very tactile and fun cover for a cushion.....

...covering the cushion infill with a suitably bright cotton to act as a foil for the spaces between the joined suffolk puffs.....

.... and finishing off the join for the cushion with a trio of bows, again in a bright colour to keep up the theme and to keep up with the thoughts of childhood.
It was fun to make, and a simple patchwork for anyone to be able to have a go. I'd quite like to try a more elegant effect using silk or satin but that will have to wait for the future.

Onwards to new things now.....