Now, I think the time has come to tell you about a little love thing going on with me --no, unfortunately Chris Martin (of Coldplay) has yet to discover my undying devotion, this is with a lady called Caroline Zoob! She makes the most fantastic creations..her sewing, I feel,is unrivaled! You probably have recognised this book in my sidebar - I have had it for 2 years and it has inspired lots of cushions for my various nieces and nephew and baby showers/birthdays. I also had a go at painting some treasure boxes - which didn't come out as good as the ones in the book but filled them with small goodies for Christmas.
I don't have any photos of the ones I have given away but I thought I would show you the pictures of the ones that I did so you can see what work this lady has inspired.
The big flower is a scanned picture from the book so the quality is not very good.
The small one is a cushion of mine.
She sometimes has her home in magazines..just look at this lovely sofa!
Caroline now has her own shop and a mail order catalogue but for me I don't know of anyone else who can rival her sewing skills. She uses vintage linens and her handmade treasures are way beyond my own budget but the detail she puts into each piece is outstanding! Here are a few more of my efforts - of course my better ones were given away--darn it, I wasn't to know that I would start a blog! I've done the yacht for the boys in my life (one pictured is hers) and the flowers for the girls (one pictured is mine, though you'd probably guess!)
And this is my most favourite picture of all, her kitchen which I found in another book..ooh those
patchwork curtains take my breath away!
I could go on for hours about her- and one day I am hoping to go to her shop though secretly what I would really want is to spend a day in her sewing room with her watching the process she goes through when she is sewing, and finding out what machine she uses, where she sources her fabrics and trimmings etc -- you know all the important things! Goodness, I live in a fantasy world don't I!
So, if you get the chance to borrow this book from the library - do it! If you love faded, vintage fabrics (there are no bright colours in the book) and applique then this is for you..it was the inspiration behind numerous gifts and kept me up to the small hours gazing at the pictures! If you already have seen it I would love to hear what you thought of it to..