Wedding crafts

Written by Vicky on April 27, 2008 – 11:09 am -

It feels like such a long time since I posted anything on here and I’ve really missed it. The thing is that I’ve been tied up with the whole getting married and honeymoon malarkey. Now I’m back to reality (well kind of) I thought I’d share some of the crafty things that went into mine and Jez’s wedding.

I’m not going to waffle on for ages because I already did that over at Green Girls Global in my ‘Hand-made, eco wedding’ post but this is just a quickie to show some of the hand-made things we had.

Cotton wedding buntingCotton bunting
Of course there was the cotton bunting, miles and miles and miles of it! I love it so much though that I had to have a little bit hanging up in the house. In fact its still there! I’ve already talked about that though in ‘I heart bunting‘.

Table places and favours
Some things seem like a really good idea until you actually have to do them and the favours were a bit like that. My bright idea was to make origami boxes and then put in each of them a spring bulb. Although the boxes are very easy to make, they took ages (about 55 of them) – here’s the box making tutorial. Then, to cut a long story short, when I went to put the bulbs in them I found that despite keeping them cold, dark and dry all winter they had gone soft and spongy and apparently you just can’t buy spring flowering bulbs in the spring. Anyway, dad came to the rescue with some bulbs from his own garden (even better) but then I had to re-make the little labels that went with the boxes because they originally said to plant them in the autumn! It all worked out well in the end though.

Wedding table places and favours

The lollipop name places were something I’d been wanting to do for a long time. I’m very lucky to have some extremely talented and creative friends and my friend Lydia (a graphic designer) designed a motif for me which I could use on the invitations, table places, menus & thank you cards.

The motif was a maypole, because the reception venue was on Maypole Green, and things that remind you of springtime. So I took elements from the motif to make little labels for each name place and printed out all of the cards and menus at home.

Cakes and flowers
Jez’s mum, another creative lady, made our wedding cake and chocolate cupcakes and she and I spent a weekend cutting out all of the little sugar flowers, hearts and butterflies for them.

Wedding cake

Decorated plantpot with Busy LizziesOn the same weekend we painted and decorated plantpots with more butterflies, hearts and flowers. The plantpots were filled with Impatiens or Busy Lizzies and I had quite surreal afternoon two days before the wedding sat in my kitchen surrounded by white flowers with the imminence of the wedding sinking in.

The outfit
Now, I know that Claire is too modest to say anything about this but it is so beautiful I have to show you. Originally with my dress I was going to wear a bolero but when I put it on it just didn’t look right. So, I decided to have a shawl instead. Having everything in white (well ivory) felt a bit strange so I wanted to add a bit of colour and I thought that embroidered spring flowers on the edges of the shawl would look really pretty. The only embroidery I’ve done before is a picture of Garfield when I was about 10 years old so I wasn’t sure how far this past experience take me in making something for my wedding 20-odd years on.

To my great relief Claire offered to do this for me and I had no doubt at all that she would do a fantastic job. There is so much detail in the leaves and flowers and the tiny beads add lovely highlights. Everyone commented on the day at how gorgeous the shawl looked and how talented Claire is and I definitely agree with them!

Embroidered shawl by Claire

Embroidery detail

Garter made by ClaireClaire also surprised me a few days before with a garter that she’d made all in our wedding colours. Is there no end to this lady’s skill?! Thank you Claire, I love them both x

Well, I said I wouldn’t waffle on and then I did but it was fun to look back on all the preparation and creativeness that went into our wedding.

Looking forward to yours next Claire!

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I heart bunting!

Written by Vicky on January 30, 2008 – 2:13 pm -

As my fellow Stitched Up crafters know I’ve been working on some cotton bunting to decorate a village hall where my partner, Jez, and I are having our wedding reception in April.

The village hall in need of decorationThe village hall is, well, like a village hall – peeling paint, drab colours and a slight mouldy smell and so is in much need of decorating. I’ve bought the world’s supply of muslin to cover the walls and I’m hoping that dim lighting will work its wonders too.

I think it was last July that I started this bunting after getting the idea from a place called ‘zig zag bunting‘ who make and supply it for special occasions, including weddings. “I’m not buying it” I thought “I can make that for half the price and really easily”.Piles of cut out triangles waiting to be sewn together

The amount of time its taken me to get to this stage is no reflection the difficulty level of making bunting, it really isn’t hard. Even for someone like me who is a real amateur when it comes to crafting it can’t get much more straightforward than sewing two triangles together and then to ribbon.

Anyway, after many weeks at Stitched Up cutting out the flags and appliquéing flowers and sequins I finally have something to show. Actually, ‘appliquéing’ is a bit of a grand word for what I did but you see what I mean.

Bunting triangles nearly finished!

Applique flowers and sewn-on sequins

The image below is just a 3 metre stretch and I’m yet to go for the marathon sewing session where I’ll finally attach all of the little flags to the miles of ribbon that Claire kindly gave to me.

First 3 metres of finished bunting

The colours we’ve picked for our wedding are pink, green and lemon. However, I don’t have any yellow bunting flags and I know I’m going to regret it if I don’t make some. So, more triangles to cut out, decorate and sew. Will this project ever end?!

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Welcome to Stitched Up!

Written by Vicky on November 11, 2007 – 8:26 am -

Welcome to Stitched Up!

This is the blog part of the Nottingham craft group ‘Stitched Up’ website.

Here we’ll post about our projects and the things we’ve been making at our craft group. We’ll also keep you up to date with any news or changes to our meeting time or place – so watch this space!

Cotton bobbinsStitched Up meets every Wednesday and you can find out more about where and when on our ‘About’ page.

If you’d like to join us then do come along. We’re a friendly bunch and really want to welcome new members to the group. It doesn’t matter how much craft experience you have or what your favourite type of craft is.

Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.

We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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