Little Touches: Kimono

I was in San Francisco last year with work. While there I bought this beautiful kimono from a vintage shop. I think I imagined I’d waft about in it on Sunday mornings while drinking coffee and reading an intriguing novel. Needless to say I’ve never worn it.

However, I decided to make more of it and if I’m not going to wear it I should display it. Magazines always have some pretty dress hanging outside a wardrobe or draped across a chair so I decided to steal the idea.

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Sitting Room

Another post, another room. This time looking at the sitting room.

This room has a lot going on in terms of colour and pattern, but I think it works. It contains my favourite thing which is this black Mora Clock I bought a couple of years ago. It’s also one of the rooms where I have painted the walls, doors and ceiling all the same colour. I don’t think that’s something you immediately notice when you walk in and you’d assume it would make the room feel small or dark. However, the impression is (I think) of greater height because you don’t create a hard stop at the top of the walls with another colour. A bit like horizontal stripes making you look shorter and wider!

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These yellow and red cushions are made from some fabric I bought down the road in Peckham.

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These pictures are actually embroidered but me in front of the TV in the evening. They are the last eight Prime Ministers.

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I love this chap. I bought him in the sale at Anthropologie.

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And my growing collection of Fat Lava pots…..eBay is a dangerous thing.

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Err…more cushions

A bit of a cushion theme going on. You can’t have too many right.

A while ago I embroidered this piece of fabric always intending to make it into a cushion.

embroideryaI completed the sewing some time ago but only got around to finishing it up recently. And here it is…

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All done.

In the frame

Some time ago I had a set of eight napkins that seemed a bit dull so for a reason I can’t quite remember I embroidered the face of each of the last eight Prime Ministers on them.

Here’s a post I did about them at the time.

Since then I haven’t used them, they are a bit too big and I never seem to have the right occasion to get them out. So instead I decided to have them framed and hang them in a row a bit like they do on the stairs at Downing Street.

Although on a considerably more modest scale.

So that’s what I have done.

The only bit of wall I had suitable was in my bedroom, which is probably a bit odd. However, I think they work and I am pleased with the results.

Channeling my inner little old lady

This project has given Klaus much amusement as it’s so twee and apparently doesn’t fit with my image but I have been trying out a bit of embroidery for the first time. I bought some plain coasters from Zara in the sale and just started out.

To make it easier you can mark on the pattern or just doodle onto the material with a fabric pencil. I did have a starter book so I could work out some different stitches, but all the ones I have used are really easy.

I’ve done ┬áthree and have one to finish. Since they are a bit slapdash they take no time at all, just an evening in front of the TV.

And here they are doing their thing with more flowers but this time the real thing.

In the back here you can see a new candle stick holder. It’s quite a clever one I bought in Stockholm which has the matches stored inside.

Once the matches are slotted in you can still strike a match on the side of the box. I think it’s pretty neat. A kind of matches version of those mugs you can get with a slot to put your biscuit in.

There’s no doubt these coasters are pretty cheesy but I’ve quite enjoyed working on them and it’s a very easy way to add a bit of interest to a cheap / bland piece of fabric.

I have an idea for a set of napkins and placemats with the faces of our most recent Prime Ministers on them, one on each. I haven’t started yet but I have collected some images so we’ll see if it works out.