Thursday, 17 June 2010

My creative space ...

is in the bathroom this week.


Although I don't like full curtains in the bathroom I knew I wanted something at the window as we came into winter.  So the answer?  A patchwork blind of course!


So 280 squares later I have a blind!  Originally it was going to be two curtain panels with tab tops but after I'd made one and put it up it looked wrong.  I took it apart and then made the patchwork top bigger by just adding on.  That's what I love about patchwork - it's very forgiving and you can change your mind all the way through.


The fabric is mostly vintage Laura Ashley pieces that were originally used for soft furnishings in the houses we grew up in.  I love using them and remembering mine and my brothers' and sister's bedrooms.  The lining was some thrifted unbleached calico so I just LOVE that there's nothing new in it.


I didn't want the formality of a roman blind so I just made some straps to tie underneath the blind as I rolled it up.  Having never made something like this I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  The curtain pole is an old piece of dowelling from the second hand shop and it's attached to the wall by two old large brass cup hooks we had in the garage.  So totally vintage, thrifted, recycled and upcycled -  I LOVE IT!!!!

This was one of the unfinished projects I had on the go when I mentioned it here - so that's another off the list - hurray! Also, due to the fact the market was sooooo quiet on the weekend I managed to get the binding sewn onto another quilt that was on the list - now I just have to take a few photos so show.

For lots more creativity head over to Kirsty's ..... x

24 comments:

becclebee said...

that is such a fabulous blind. i love the nostalgia in up-cycled/re-used/second-hand stuff. well done!

Emma said...

Wow , that looks fantastic with the light shining through it... the look changes with the angle you are looking at it.. Love it!

Edera Jewelry said...

That's so pretty--such a clever idea!

LeelaBijou said...

Really, really beutiful!!

Tammy James said...

I love this concept! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amanda said...

It's beautiful....I love the sun coming through.

Lien said...

What a great idea!!!

Belly Designs said...

I love this so much!!!

michelle said...

i'm thinking you will be spending lots of time in the bathroom just so you can admire your work. i can see why you love it, it is really gorgeous. sorry to hear about the market disappointment. you summed it up well. i do three regulars a month and it is tough. the trick is to get a following.

Kelly said...

oh wow! What a fantastic idea! I love it with the sun shining through, well done!

Wendy said...

Just gorgeous---and I love the sentimental/green craft ethic behind it!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Look at all that yummy recycled goodness. If you are going to make a blind you should also make a statement.

xo Steph

Kirsten said...

Wow - amazing! I love it.
Pretty, thrifty and green :)

Kylie said...

Wow, it's beautiful. Reminds me of a stain glass window with the sun shining through.

Little Ted Canvas said...

It looks fantastic! I love that it is totally recycled pieces, gorgeous...

Rosie said...

I absolutely love it! What a fabulous idea. I love how the light shines through and the seems create borders. LOVE IT!

angelina said...

so unique ; i love it!
xx

Rosalind said...

well done - go the re-purposed fabric!!

Kelly said...

that is just so beautiful and I like that the fabric you've used has memories - great job!

Kate said...

It is gorgeous! I love everything about it. Stunning.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

What a great "curtain"....there's no way way in the world I'd use it for a curtain..I am one these people who are in awe of those who quilst...It is just awesome. Love it. Peta

Fruitful Fusion said...

It's so beautiful! I love it!!!

lovestitches said...

I LOVE it!! And I love that it's all recycled things, so talented! My bathroom window isn't practical to make one but if I could I would! I love the way the light shines through.

nocton4 said...

love this xx