Friday, 7 March 2014

Some new/old aprons

I have decided to make three aprons for the Ballarat Apron Festival (the maximum number allowed from one person) and I've made an early start with this child's apron.  I just need to embroider 'Sweet Tooth' on it and it will be finished.

The next apron I'm planning is applique on gingham.  So when I found this unfinished hand made gingham apron for $1.50 in our opshop yesterday, I snapped it up... save me making one - all I have to do is embellish it.

I found another apron in the opshop last week and although it isn't embroidered, I bought it because the patchwork fabric it is made from is so pretty.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Apron Festival at Ballarat, Vic. in May.

I was at the Embroiderers Guild today, and as one of my volunteer jobs is to tidy up the members' notice board, I was doing that, when I found a postcard advertising the Ballarat Apron Festival. I took a copy of it, and looked it up online when I got home. The organisers have a website with all the details, and application form if people wish to make an apron for the festival. They have to be in by April 11, so it gives me a bit over one month to make an apron. Am I going to do it? You bet - everything else is on hold until I've done it - lol! Here is the link: Apron festival

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Hand made apron for my collection.

This charming apron was made for me by Judy in NSW.  We are members of a forum that conducts exchanges between members, and for this exchange we had to make something using recycled materials.
Judy explained to me that the cream and blue materials were from the sides of worn sheets.  The lace had been passed on several times and ended up with Judy, while the straps for the neck and waist are 'pyjama girdles', very old but unused.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Some more aprons!

At last I have some more aprons to add to my collection, thanks to a dear friend who manages an opshop, and keeps an eye out for interesting pieces for me!

 Half-apron with heavily worked thistles. 

 Very old apron with someone's initials on the pocket. 
 Another old one with sweet design of lady with cat.
 Pretty floral design.
Unfortunately this apron has a binding of dark blue bias binding, and the blue 'bled' into the other items when I soaked them all in Napisan over night. Fortunately I was able to rinse the run out of the other aprons pretty well, but this fabric is a coarse calico and the blue has stained it badly.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Two vintage aprons.

My fellow apron collector friend at the Embroiderers Guild was culling her collection recently, and didn't want these two aprons any more, so she asked if I'd like to have them. Yes please! Old and faded, but much loved, and will continue to be loved in my collection :-)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Apron Show at Castlemaine, Vic.

Last week I visited the country town of Castlemaine, to attend an exhibition of vintage aprons. It is being held at a historic homestead named Buda. None of these aprons are from my collection, but I'm posting some photos on this blog because I know the readers will enjoy seeing them. If anyone reading this has any objection to my posting these photos here, please leave a comment or email me direct, and I will remove them. Don't want to tread on anyone's toes!

It was fascinating for me to note that not one of these aprons is the same as any that I have in my own collection. A couple are similar, but not exactly the same. I love the half apron made from ties - I will definitely try to make one of those some time with my vast stash of neckties!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Amazing collection of aprons!

Recently I received an email from a lady in NSW who wanted to know more about the reversible apron I featured on here some time ago. Unfortunately I couldn't supply any details as the apron was given to me by a friend who found it in an opshop, and there is no way of telling whether it was handmade or mass produced. This person told me she makes aprons as well as collecting them, and provided a link to her Flickr site. I've asked her permission to post a link to it here, but I'm doing it anyway, as I don't think she will mind! All you ladies who read this blog MUST check this Flickr site out - you will be gobsmacked by the vast array of gorgeous aprons!
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