Liberty Tana lawn scrap with strawberry motif
This jaunty scrap came in a job-lot of Liberty offcuts. I’ll probably applique it onto a needlebook cover, or possibly turn it into a part of a lavender bag. I don’t know the name of the pattern, nor the artist, but wish I did. Don’t those strawberries look like they have lots of sleepy eyes?
I haven’t posted any scraps lately, so here’s a nice one for you.
If you’ve seen this month’s Mollie Makes, you may recognise this fabric.
Fabric fit for a strawberry
It’s a lightweight cotton I used for one of my favourite strawberries. This is an unmarked oddment: there’s no text on the selvedge. I used most of it for a dress I made c.1980. The dress pattern was high Laura Ashley (by McCall’s, I think) with square neckline, buttoned leg-o-mutton sleeves, gathered slightly drop-waisted skirt (ending mid-calf length) and sash, though I wore it loose-fitting without. That dress was the first piece of clothing I remember making and actually enjoying wearing. I was so proud of myself, but what was I thinking? Must have watched too much Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables. However, it was comfortable, washable, and easy to wear. I think this fabric has finally found its true destiny in strawberries, though. I love the ruby shade of red. If you happen to have any old Sylko cotton reels, it matches D.46 Ruby very well. On the purplish berry end of the red spectrum.
I may still have that Laura Ashley pattern somewhere, though I can’t immediately lay my hands on it [phew!]. Nor do I have any pictures of myself wearing it [phew again]. A quick trawl of the Vintage Patterns Wiki hasn’t located the pattern either, so if you think you know the one I mean — and maybe have it still — I’d love to hear from you!
And now I’m making up Vintage Strawberry Kits, some of which will include pieces of this fabric. I can tell you’re excited…
Liberty bias binding
If you’ve arrived here after seeing my name in the June copy of Mollie Makes, welcome!
Relax, take your shoes off, read a few posts, and maybe mosey over to my Etsy store which I’ve been restocking with goodies. It’s probably more Open All Hours than chic craft boutique, but nevermind. Here’s some Liberty Tana Lawn bias binding (a 3-metre length) which is quite delicious in its fresh ditsy-floral-ness and perfect for finishing off all sorts of little craft projects. You can’t beat a nice bit of Liberty lawn.
I’m currently taking names for strawberry-making workshops (where you can learn to make the little needle-cushions as featured in Mollie Makes) so drop me an email if you’d like details. My email address is on the contact page.