thrift finds and slow stitching

thrift finds and slow stitching

a few days ago I went on the hunt for thrift finds in a village’s market close to where I live looking mainly for antique linen and cotton fabric that I can dye to make some of my products. Unfortunately I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I still found a small bunch of pretty things that I would like to dye and maybe sell or keep for myself. I found two collars that I think would be really nice wore with white plain T-shirts and a couple of small cotton pieces for the table. Next week I’ll do a new batch of naturally dyed fabric and I might dye also these finds. I’m also on the look out for second hand books and later today I’ll go to a charity event created by the library where they sell some to get enough money to by more books they need.

vintage cotton collar

thrift findin the last couple of weeks I also worked on a little crafty project for myself. I’m making a summer bag. I’ve indigo dyed some organic cotton, block printed it with some of my carved blocks and than sewn it into a tote. Now I’m in the process of slow stitching it. I’m a real beginner to this part so is taking me a long time to do it. I haven’t really planned a design to stitch on it and maybe I should have, but I like it this way. After all this bag is my personal project and if I don’t like it when it’s finished, that’s ok, I’m sure in the meantime I can still learn lots of things.

indigo dyed toteWhen is the last time you made something for the first time for yourself? What was it? Did you enjoy the process of making it? What are your best thrift finds? I would love to hear from you, you can add your thoughts in the comments below.

slow stitching on tote bag

 

6 Comments

  1. Your bag looks beautiful. Love the colour and print. It’s been a long time since I made anything for myself!

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    • thanks Cally! It has been a long time for me too, but I’ve decided to try harder to find time because I really enjoy doing it.

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  2. Making something Iv never made has been on my mind lately. I worry about messing up but I’m learning with knitting that I usually don’t if I take my time. I love your tote Mirta, I was going to message you last week to see if you made them. If you decide to sell them I’d certainly buy one for my larger projects x

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    • taking time making something we never made before for ourselves I think is a beautiful thing, like an act of love. I’m in the process of making the tote for the shop, I’ll send you an email in a little while. thank you for stopping by here.

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  3. I love thrifing, and use reclaimed and vintage materials in much of my work.
    I think the last things I made for myself were some clothes, last year, I really need to make something else, soon!
    xx

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  4. how lovely everything is mirta!
    i think i too need to make myself a tote with my carving blocks <3

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