1.09.2015

Visiting an old friend

Just before christmas, I visited an old friend...of the metal persuasion...
my mint green cast iron Singer sewing machine...

I really hadn't seriously sewn in quite a while...part of the reason due to the fact that my sewing table was piled high with stuff...unfinished projects, garage sale finds, leftover materials, etc, etc, etc...
I had a few projects in mind...so after spending a couple of days of clearing off the table completely, I was ready to go...

I love to sew...I have sewn since I was a young girl...my mother was a seamstress and my grandfather a tailor...there is a certain calmness that I feel from the rhythm of the stitching, the hiss of the steam iron, the satisfaction of creating a functional item...

So it probably comes as no surprise that sewing paraphernalia is one of the things I collect...













The past week I participated in a monthly "contest" on Instagram called 7vignettes...sponsored by Jen of Interior Addicts, it is a daily photo prompt that occurs the first seven days of each month, with the objective to photograph whatever your interpretation of the word prompt is for that day.

I had dabbled in past month's competitions but really hadn't given it my all...this time I thought I would commit to all seven days...and with sewing on the brain, I thought I would give a creative thread to all of my vignettes centered around sewing...the quest for items began...and I was quite surprised by some of the treasures that I unearthed...

Day 1 - the theme was sparkle
nothing more sparkly than rhinestone buttons, 
coupled with the sheen of metal and the shimmer of pearl...



























Day 2 - the theme was yellow
I had no shortage of yellow measuring tapes on hand...



























Day 3  - the theme was blue
the gigantic scissors that the Southern Man's daughter brought back for me when she was in Turkey was an instantaneous choice for blue...along with my vintage mattress ticking that I am hording...



























Day 4 - the theme was green
colored dressmaker's pins on white linen...simple but classic



























Day 5 - the theme was pink
I adore silk thread...especially when its wound around old wooden spools...
I was quite surprised that I had so many spools of pink thread since its not a color I use...



























Day 6 - the theme was rainbow
there's something very nostalgic about rickrack...had to supplement with seam binding for the orange and the violet...but the mnemonic of ROY G BIV stuck in my head all day...



























Day 7 - the theme was black and white
digging deep into one of my metal storage baskets I found a treasure trove of notions I had totally forgotten...
this compilation features many of them...which I will keep out so I can incorporate them into a future project...


























Having now cleared a space and become reacquainted with my old friend, we will be back together creating...

linking up with kim klassen's Friday Finds...where my find is what was hiding in my own studio...
I just had to re-discover it for myself...

and by the way...I'm having way too much creative fun on Instagram...you should join in...
and follow me...find me as fourcornersdesign...

16 comments:

  1. Love these still life pictures !

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  2. Delightful vignettes ... reminding me of all the sewing I used to do. And I will find you on IG!

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  3. Oh love your treasures especially the last image...

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  4. You captured each theme wonderfully. Beautiful images that remind me of growing up and watching my mom sew. You turned those simple things into striking images. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hi Amy, what wonderful vintage sewing items you have ... and you have photographed them beautifully!!

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  6. How fun. I love the idea of sewing and that is about as far as it goes. Mallory will be my sewer.

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  7. I'm also a seamstress that hasn't met her machine in a while! You make me want to sit down and sew!! Love your vignettes and how they all relate to sewing!!

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  8. Such lovely photos, Amy...little works of art...

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  9. I love how your mind works!! Such beauty in the most simple of objects. (Big puffy heart)

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  10. Amy, I sometimes miss a day or two in IG so it's just lovely to see all your vignettes here together. You made your collection look absolutely desirable and I'm quite inspired to have a go next month. That's my plan today, anyway.

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  11. Wonderful Amy, each one a treasure!
    I so admire your eye!

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  12. Great captures for each theme .... I like it all for FF too 😊

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  13. Amy, There is so much to love about you! Of course, we share a passion for sewing and especially old sewing notions. Each of your vignettes is simple and rustic with a focus on the function, form and beauty of sewing notions - hope you win the contest! Just an idea - but I think I'd like to see several of these combined into a collage - maybe with one square of "fabric" with a caption or quote - a beautiful print. I'm pulling out my sewing machine today - winter brings the urge to quilt (hold onto that blue ticking fabric!).

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  14. I love how your work inspires others. Your vignettes are killer. I love the green one especially. And the rainbow. You are amazing!

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  15. I love your choices. Good work there.
    Thank you for the link

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  16. After my mom died, I took possession of her sewing basket, filled with thread, tools and notions. Even today, when I sew with one of her spools, I feel like she is standing over my shoulder, keeping an eye on my wobbly seams.

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