Sunday, October 27, 2019

Laying bricks

As I am in the middle of sorting out the house for the future move I am frustrated to not be doing 'something' creatif with my hands. Many years ago I saw a tapestry covered brick in an old manor house used as a door stop. The Tapestry used was of course a piece of antique textile in keeping with the house. There were some bricks left from building the kitchen sink base so I first covered it with cardboard and tape to stop the dust then a layer of batting. I used an old bed quilt for the padding and then chose a vintage tapestry. The one I chose has a funny side story, I used to love these slightly kitsch pictures and often bought them to take out of the frame, wash and make pillows with. This particular one I had bid on via eBay but lost out and then next day when walking the dogs I found one, beautifuly framed just propped up in the street ! The SAME one, I could hardly believe it. 
My tastes have since evolved and I have more than enough Tapestry pillows but there is still a stock of these pictures in the attic. It was either cut it up and have the memory of the find or give it to local charity.


The picture was quite big but I decided to go 18th century kitsch and focus on the face. I think that this Tapestry was inspired by 'Boucher' painting. 


I had thought of doing a plain felt base but changed to total Tapestry.


Here is place and ready for it's new home next year.


I have since seen some with specially designed tapestries but the fun is in recycling, maybe this will inspire someone to do the same, even make them to sell at a fair. It was a fun quick project and one day I will probably do another , or two or three. I am a bit obsessive when I take to making things.
I actually found in storage 12 Tapestry pillows and a rug that I made in the 80's and 90's then a friend sent me a link to some amazing old bobble edged ones she saw on Etsy and a month later she sent them to me! They say that you can never have enough of a good thing but believe me you can!

12 comments:

  1. Now that is a fun project and a clever repurposing for a tapestry that would otherwise not be seen. Best wishes to your mother, and nice to see you again.

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    1. Thank you Sherrill dear, mum is more or less ok, getting older as are we all! I do wish that she was staying with me but she is a mule ! I love making things and turning pretty things into useful pretty things, I might do some more bricks as they are easy to do in front of a movie ! huggsss

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  2. A rather creative idea that has a useful purpose...win! win!
    Cheers, Alayne

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    1. Hello Miss Butterfly, thank you, yes I've actually done quite a few things with some of these tapestries over the years, the people who embroider them did such a good job it's a pity to put them in a dark place and forget them ! Huggsss

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  3. Your house sounds like it is filled with wonder and creative interest in every nook and crannie, and I bet the new place will be even more still! Love it!

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    1. Jodi my dear if you only knew what 'stuff' there is here everywhere. Now that I am opening rooms and cupboards I am finding so much, it's quite embarassing. The new move will mean giving the excess away as I Don't intend to move again except to the cemetery !! Lots to do before then , huggsss

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  4. What a great project, it looks lovely.

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  5. Golly Polly hello ! thank you, it was running through my head for days and one night I just had to get up and 'do it', it was fun and quick, it's also possible to cover a brick in papier maché or fabric or even paint them. When I walk around the beach in Scotland I find lots of beautiful old bricks with makers marks on them but too heavy to take back on the plane, pity they would make great decor. Big hug xo

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  6. An Interesting and Unique story and end product; and who knew a brick could look so good!
    yet perfectly fitting for a former dress designer ;)

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  7. Your lady brick is lovely and a great use of stuff you already have on hand. And most homes could do with multiple lady bricks. Our doors are always slamming shut on breezy days with windows open. Hope your weekend is going sell.

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