Thursday, 31 July 2008


Three new categories were added to the website yesterday.
1. Vintage books and patterns
2.Stash bags.
3. Crafted items.
I managed to place 15 items in the 'Vintage books and patterns category' for you. These are great old Needlework booklets and the ideas are so inspirational. I know you will be able to adapt the lovely ideas for any method of working.

Apologises for any inconvenience caused by the problem on the 'Vintage books and patterns' category which we encountered yesterday evening and early this morning.
The problem has now been fixed.

Beautiful ribbon work.

Day 26
Originally uploaded by crazyQstitcher
A favourite of mine is roses either as a design on fabric or in embroidery. Check out 'crazyQstitcher' on Flickr to see her other work. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Using recycled fabric and silks in my felt work.

Cushion centre piece.

I inserted vintage fabric in the centre of the hand made wet felt and the silks were on the whole Victorian. The corner flowers are 19th century crewel work taken from damaged bed covers.

See my 'FELTISSIMO' blog for more information.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Beautiful gold metallic embroidery

I just love the old metallic embroidery. It is so superbly executed. I bought this piece of velvet on eBay, just for the gold work. It was probably originally made for use as a dress bodice front but would look superb incorporated into a larger piece or indeed framed as it is.
I was even more delighted when I turned this piece over, to find that it was Russian as it has a clear stamp. My excitement was because I love all art works Russian as my husbands family comes from Russia.

This piece really cheered me up, as it arrived on the same day as my hospital visit to see the consultant. Still, not too serious, just that my gall bladder has to come out. At least I now have a date for the operation for the 16th September so the sooner that comes along, I can back to normality. The last 6 months have been difficult for me to work at my normal pace, I even had to leave my stall at Newark Antiques fair at the beginning of June and be carried off in an ambulance to Lincoln hospital. So you can see that I won't be shedding any tears over the loss of my gall bladder.

So if I'm not writing as much as promised this is the reason. I will try to keep the Rag Rescue website going as long as I can, so keep sending in your orders. Hopefully, I will manage to get around Newark this time and buy some wonderful French fabrics for you all.
I'm off to do the fairs at Swinderby on 4th - 6th August and Newark on the 7th & 8th August, so if you have any requests, please send them before I set off.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Originally uploaded by jennypepper
Jenny posted this on her blog.

This was a lovely gift from RagRescue, a great idea selling packs of haberdashery etc for recycling into new work.'

I can't wait to see what she makes with it all.
Thanks Jenny

Monday, 7 July 2008

FREEBIES - Increase your stash.

YES! I'm giving away some freebies as an introduction to a new line - STASH BAGS.

The first three people who leave a comment will get a FREE stash bag with FREE postage.

When these STASH BAGS are introduced on the RAG RESCUE website they will cost £3.50 + postage.

If after the first three comments have been left, you would like to but a Stash Bag then still leave me a comment requesting a purchase.

After you have left a comment then PLEASE contact me via my profile and contact email address, so that I can discuss postage details where necessary.

This is an example of a STASH BAG. It will contain similar items. See the images below and click for a larger version.

Fabric, 2 small pieces of lace, cotton

3 lengths of ribbon, braid, 3 fabric strips

length of sequins, gold coloured braid

Vintage buttons including mother of pearl

3 embroidery silks

2 small quilted squares from an English Victorian quilt.

Obviously colours will vary as this is just an example..
Best of Luck

Sunday, 6 July 2008

My completed felted woodland floor

See the larger image by clicking.
Just thought I'd show you my completed felted woodland floor. It will be posted off to my son's partner next week for her birthday.

Take a look at the Rag Rescue website for fabrics, embellishments and silks to enhance your work.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Sharon B's - In a minute ago -blog review.

I came across 'Sharon B's' blog whilst searching for embellishments, a while back. It is the most amazing site and well worth a visit.

Sharon has been blogging for 4 years and in that time has built up a whole notable size of resources relating to textiles, both contemporary and historical. Not only does she exhibit her own gorgeous crazy quilting but gives descriptions of the materials and stitches used.

At Sharon's blog you will find superb photographs, a stitch dictionary, projects worked on for charity, challenges and social software sites, to name but a few.

This is a blog we should visited time and time again to increase our skills and gain inspiration from.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Online tips, tutorials, resources and ideas.

It always amazes me the amount of talent there is in this world and how willingly people are to share it with others. Blogs carry so much information about crafts that it would take a lifetime to search through them all. I have a list of excellent blogs that I visit regularly and I have decided to share them with you. By writing a quick review of each, I hope that they will inspire and teach you new methods of working with textiles both old and new. I will include a category on the side of this blog for quick access so that you can find the reviews quickly whenever you wish to browse.

Watch this space!