Showing posts with label Lin / Linen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lin / Linen. Show all posts

Another package on its way

- As morning dawned all these handmade Antique Linen stars were sent on their way to Corniche Antique In Drøbak Norway. Thanks for supporting my little business !
 Photos © Aina - Modern Country
- Clothespin bags made of rare handwoven antique linen, and another two handmade stars, travelled all the way to south of France. Thank you all my sweet French customers ! 
~ Aina ~

Todays project..

Photos © Aina - Modern Country
Todays project ; Sewing a pile of small lavender pillows, star ornaments, and a few cones also...
All made of antique hand-woven linen. Then, finish another embroidery. Thinking about the little tree, should this become another lavender pillow, or just a cute little pin cushion ? I can`t decide, hmm.. 
Outside my window,  a bit sad looking really. Drizzling rain, cloudy and grey.  
Inside my livingroom, snug, warm  and nice. Drinking ginger tea and waiting for husband to finish my new shelves, which should be a much better solution to my "fabric storage problem". 
I like saturdays, hope you have a nice one too.
 ~ Aina ~


Handmade by Me

Photo : Pubsub.com

~ Monogrammed wedding Ring bearer Pillow

A while ago I received a request from a Dutch woman. She read an article about my work in Ariadne at Home, Issue March 2012 (I will talk about that later !), and decided to send me an e-mail.  She asked me If I could help her design and sew a ring pillow for her wedding held in July. I felt so proud and happy to be asked !

My work is pretty straight forward, mostly I use antique fabrics. Patience, accuracy, enough time, and of course a pile of Ideas is a must, and has to be in plenty too. But the most important thing about my job, is just to Listen.  

All photos © Aina - Modern Country

This time I had to learn a whole new type of embroidering stitches also. But after a slow start and a couple of obstacles, I am quite happy with how it turned out in the end. 

The cushion front is made with Antique French fabric. Cushion back is made with cream colored silk, it is double lined and filled with soft fluffy filling. But not too much, to prevent outwardly bulging fabric. I have tried to focus on the details of the pillow, the initials, the silk ribbon. To keep it simple but delicate. 

Understandable I am a bit nervous and excited, how will it fit with her wedding dress?  What about the colors and the surroundings.?  

... I just hope she will have a Beautiful and Memorable day ...

~ Aina ~

Hand embroidering - And the process of learning it ...

I am still in the process of embroidering, while I`m trying to teach myself new techniques. I think it`s great fun to learn something new, although I sometimes find it a bit daunting and know it can be a huge challenge as well. Cross stitching is one of the easiest techniques I have used for several years, which I have become very fond of. I have tried other techniques with mixed results, but the answer is probably just a question of practice. Go ahead and try and try until you get it right. Have patience.

First attempt - not bad but the padding/filling should be more evenly done...

Second attempt - now I start to get a hang of it.
At least I understand what went wrong and how to improve. And I have more confidence ! At the moment I am embroidering a ring pillow for a Dutch woman, she is getting married in July. I am embroidering their initials. I will of course show you when the pillow is completely finished. 

All photos © Aina - Modern Country

- Here I have tried out a new technique called white on white / Whitework. I did not dare to make a complicated monogram to begin with, so the first experiments were executed using a simple font. And this is how it looked like after a couple of attempts using padded satin stitches.  For the outline of the letter I have used outline stiches. They kind of "twist together" and make a smoother looking "rope", but you can also use backstitches or split stiches. It does not really matter which one you use. The center of the letter lines are filled up with long stitches, they give a "thickness" to the embroidery and make it stand out. Basic embroidery stitches learned via Needle n` Thread.com

 The reason of my desire to master this technique is simply because I have been so Inspired by all the beautiful antique hand embroidered Linen napkins I have collected over the years. Most of them bought at markets in France and in The Netherlands. 

- Image below, shot last spring. Lovely scented apple three flowers on top of an antique linen napkin. 

 Photo © Aina - Modern Country

A year ago I bought a book written by the talented French artist and writer Agnes Delage-Calvet, and I immediately wrote an article about it. (you can read it here). Agnes responded in return and sent me an enthusiastic, warm and friendly mail and also helped me get started with white on white embroidery, which is a big part of the book Broderie à l'ancienne. There has been a painstaking process, and my patience has been properly tested. But I am pretty happy with how my skills are developing. Slowly but surely I will get there.... Agnes, Thank you for everything, you know I adore your work !

 * For Inspiration, check out Agnes Delage-Calvet Homepage,
also her  long list of magnificent books about needlework. Available at Amazon.

- Another talented artist that has taught me a lot about various needlework techniques is the amazing talented Mary corbet, who writes Needle n` Thread. She has been so helpful. If I`m stuck with a problem I just browse her pages and I always find plenty of Ideas how to solve it or how to continue my work. Here she has made a simple guideline how to start hand embroidering monograms on Linen guest towels.


 For those who love sewing and needlework, I can recommend these books also.

Wishing you a good start to the week !

~ Aina ~

I`ll keep my Linen tablecloths..

I could not have woken up to a more beautiful day. Sunbeams all over my pillow, crisp air, with this always wonderful feeling  Friday morning, it`s weekend ! Yes it is actually weekend, again.

This morning I read one of my favorite blogs, The Belgian Linen blog - by Didriks, that trend analysts predict that tablecloth in near future likely will disappear for good. That`s a bold statement ! Well, I could not disagree more, at least it will not dissapear if I got my way, that`s for sure. And ultimately, it is we who decide, and not those who predict and dictate the trends. Don`t you agree ?
The tablecloth has been a decorative element, part of table setting, developing for more than thousand of years. The history of table setting actually goes back before the medieval era. Around the 12th century the custom of using table linen was almost universal throughout France and Italy. Napkins have even been around since the middle ages when stylish people stopped wiping their mouths on the tablecloths and started providing individual linen squares for themselves and their sloppier guests. So No, I really do not think it will disappear anytime soon!

All photos : Libeco Home

For my part I`ll be sure to keep the tablecloths alive by decorating a beautiful breakfast, lunch or a dinner table. Nothing is more beautiful to look at, a large rustic wooden table draped with a heavy linen cloth contrasted by white porcelain with spring flowers set in a large vase. Added to those who are looking forward to enjoy a delicious meal...

A very Happy weekend to you all !!

~ Aina ~

Happy Valentine`s day !

.. Some stories don`t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment
 and making the best of it, without knowing what`s going to happen next.
Delicious ambiguity ...

- Gilda Radner 

`enjoy a lovely valentine`s day everyone´

~ Aina ~

Washing Linen day

..Taking good care of beautiful antique Linen ..

Durance - gentle Linen care with delicate perfume. Durance textile softener has been tested to be effective against dust mites. My choice : Lime blossom, it has a wonderful scent of summer !

Jeg bruker Durance når jeg vasker Linet. Jeg synes det er skånsomt og merket har et utvalg av dufter som jeg liker veldig godt. Jeg har heller ikke hatt noen store problemer med å få vekk flekker. Et sammenrullet antikt stoff kan få lagrings flekker, det pleier da å bli litt gulere i fargen. Hvis det skulle være noe som sitter veldig godt, bruker jeg en børste, drar den over en blokk med olivensåpe, skummer det litt opp med varmt vann og deretter gnir jeg flekken godt inn. Såpa lar jeg sitte i en god stund. Hvis linstoffet lukter og er ekstra støvete legger jeg det i mildt såpevann over natta. Noen ganger kan en skyll etterpå være nok. Andre stoffer trenger 1 til 2 vasker før det lukter godt og er helt rent.

Oliven såpene er ikke bare fine å bruke når jeg vasker klær og stoffer. Jeg har problemer med eksem på hendene, og jeg har enda ikke funnet en såpe i et vanlig supermaked jeg kan bruke. Det er få som er 100 prosent fri fra parfyme og parabener. Jeg er så uendelig glad for å kunne vaske hendene mine nettopp med olivensåpe. ( Men ikke alle olivensåper er av like god kvalitet. Derfor, les godt bak på såpa! Står det 100 % vegetales er den trygg for hendene dine ) Den gjør huden så myk og god, og den forhindrer også at jeg får nye utbrudd. Veldig deilig !!

All photos © Aina - Modern Country

Her er Linstoffet ferdig etter en god vask. ( til høyre ) Når jeg har vasket det, tørket det i trommelen og rullet det opp på nytt ser det sånn ut. ( rullene til venstre er brettet før de er rullet, derfor er de ekstra runde ) Ser dere den store fargeforskjellen ? Det er mye lysere nå. Jeg tenker ofte når jeg finner noen skitne ruller i et gammelt støvete skap - det er kanskje ikke så mange som kan se hvor vakkert linstoffet egentlig kan bli : Når det er skyllet, vasket i et deilig velduftende vaskemiddel, fått en omgang med mykningsmiddel, tørket i trommelen, rullet opp, og til slutt fått tvinnet en vakker hamptråd rundt. Men jeg kan se det, hver gang !! 

~  Aina ~