Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Purple haze!

Whether it was that purple house, which I spotted on Saturday, or whether it was this beautiful vintage cotton feedsack...
...something certainly inspired me .
I woke up in a purple haze and in 'purple mode', this morning!

Purple is not a colour which I tend to use very often, hence the lack of it in my fabrics and also my scrapbook papers.

But I soon found myself playing around on the floor (like you do !!)


... gathering together a few purple and green vintage fabrics.


Not forgetting some pieces of vintage embroidery, naturally!



Buttons...

Ribbons...

Felt pieces...



At this point I wasn't too sure what I was going to do!

Although...for a few days, I have been playing , in my head, with an idea.
First of all I knew that I wanted to make a padded piece...in order to be able to stick in pins, needles etc.


I sewed four pieces of the fabric together and then putting some wadding underneath it,I fixed it all to some thin chipboard.
So that would be the bottom of my clipboard.
And then for the top half...
As for the rest...

I fixed a lovely piece of vintage embroidery to a felt square.
I backed that onto some more vintage fabric and prettied it up with some lace etc.

I fixed that loosely underneath the metal clip of the clipboard.
The idea being that this clip holds all of your lovely swatches of fabric.
Finally, ribbons and embellishments complete the job.


Which is a job much better than cleaning my bathrooms...which I must now get on and do!
I think that purple might just be growing on me...how about you?
Are you a purple lover?
;-)

23 comments:

Isobel said...

Hi Sal,
I used to love purple when I was younger. Your work is so beautiful! Well done!
xx

Serenata said...

I love purple and think the clip board is gorgeous! You are so imaginative and may such lovely things.

Ellouise88 said...

I love purple, wear it often, just to practice for when I'm older!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Love Purple too and what a beautiful clip board. You have wonderful ideas Sal. Have fun in your craft today.

Thanks for your comment on my blog too.

Lyn said...

Not usually, but I am liking this!
I love purple flowers in my garden though come to think of it!
Love
Lyn
xxx

sue15cat said...

I love purple, lavender , lilac, you name it every shade of purple is divine.

Although funnily enough I wouldn't dream of decorating a house with it!

Sue xx

mitmot said...

i am not really a purple person, but i bought 2 purple dresses recently - i may be getting ready to wear purple and red together :-).

i love the clipboard and think the little bit of green really lifts the purple :-)

KC'sCourt! said...

PURPLE is my second favourite colour after RED. You have some really lovely ideas. I do the nasty jobs like cleaning bathrooms first then the quicker I get the job done the quicker I can start crafting!

Cally's Cottage said...

What a lovely selection of fabrics and colours and love what you have done with them too!
Warm Wishes,
Cally x

melanie said...

Lovely, very pretty indeed.
I do love the colour purple (the film aswell :) ) xxxx

galant said...

I love purple but it is always best seen (as with most colours) when against a contrasting colour, such as lime - think purple iris and alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle) ... what better combination than that?
Margaret P

A Bun Can Dance said...

I love Purple, Sal !
And purple and green together is one of my favourite combinations :-)
Not forgetting that they were the two colours of the womens movement all those decades ago....
Happy days, Sal,
Denise x

Menopausal musing said...

Never been a huge fan of purple, but the way you have it with the greens makes it "work"...

frayedattheedge said...

I like purple - and I like your clipboard - great idea!!

galant said...

Ooh, I had totally overlooked the colours of the women's movement:
Purple for dignity, green for fecundity, and white for purity. International Women's Day draws near: 8th March. It is my friend's birthday and I always try and buy her purple and white tulips (the green is, of course, the leaves.)
Margaret P

smiffy66 said...

Hi Sal, yes I love purple..it's my favorite colour hun. Sue x

Rosie said...

I'm always drawn to soft lavender and blue colours especially in flowers - your fabrics are so pretty:)

Guenievre said...

Bonjour,
I like your "new" fabrics !
Purple is nice colour, not usual but I like it.
What you made is beautiful, purple and green is a great "association" !

alisonb2 said...

I'm definitely a purple flower - a purple pansy, so your playing really appealed to me! But like you I must away to clean the bathroom!

all kinds of everything said...

Such a great design! I think
purple is a beautiful colour
Today I saw this lovely purple pinboard and my daughter bought
a purple promm dress.It must be something in the air!
Suzanne

Karen said...

I love all shades of purple, from dark through to light!! It looks good as well with the greens that you have used :)

Love the sewing pinboard, its gorgeous :)

Twiglet said...

What a fab idea - you have made it beautifully. I love the pic where you have collected all the bits together. My problem would be to decide what to do with it all - typical Libran!!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Sal

Purples and lilacs are such beautiful colours! I love the colour combination and your choice of fabrics. I would love to have a violet/lilac room. I need a much bigger house really with all the different ideas I have and things that I would like to do...

Warm wishes
Isabelle x