Sunday, 12 December 2010

Unusual half apron.

I know it's been a while since I posted, but if I haven't got any more aprons to add, it's not much point writing about something else! But now I've got two more to add, although I can only photograph one - this green half apron. Don't be fooled into thinking the trimming is chicken scratch - it's not. It is smocking, and beautifully done.

The other apron that I haven't included here is a calico printed unworked apron. It is quite old, and the transfer is very pale, so it wouldn't show up in a photo. The design is two puppies peeping over a fence. I've got a similar design in a doiley, so I'll copy those colours when I get around to stitching it.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Three different aprons.

Although this blog is supposedly dedicated to hand embroidered aprons, occasionally I sneak some in which are not hand embroidered. These three came into my possession this week.

I found this one in an opshop for $3.50. It looks as if it is made from separate pieces of fabric, but it is all one piece, printed to look like patchwork. The pockets and waistband are of course separate bits.
One of my colleagues at our Guild gave me this apron, which is machine embroidered, but still a charming item worthy of adding to my collection. Ugh...I really should have ironed this before taking the photo!

Finally, I bought this new apron from 'Gifts Of Elegance' in Eltham - I just loved the variation on the usual "Paris, Rome, London" theme!!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Pretty half apron with crocheted trim.

A few years ago, there were aprons galore in opshops, but not any more. So when I found this one for $3.50 in our local opshop, I pounced on it! Pretty blue cotton with Dolly Varden ladies crocheted in variegated floss.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Pink gingham apron

My MIL gave me a bag of old aprons a few years ago. She found them in her laundry and gave them to me, expressing doubt that they would be good for anything, but I revived them all! She must have overlooked this one, as I found it when we were clearing out her house prior to selling it. It was badly stained, but good old Napisan did the trick as usual. Pink gingham with machine embroidered trim.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Two additions to my collection.

Hooray! I finally have something to post on this blog, thanks to a friend in NSW. I had an old cushion cover commemorating a coronation, and offered it to Sylvia, knowing her love of Royalty memorabilia. She was very pleased to accept it, and offered to trade some of her goodies for it. Sylvia has an extensive collection of embroidered aprons, all (or most) of which are different to mine, so do visit her blog for a look.
Here are the two she sent to me - the first one commemorates the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This one needs a bit of embroidery to finish it, then cutting out the apron, attaching the pockets, and binding the edges. Won't take long...(nor will the other 40 unfinished aprons in my collection)

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Ken Done design apron.

I'll be surprised if anyone still visits this blog - it's been so long since I posted anything! But if I don't get new aprons, there is nothing to write about, is there? But I found this apron in our local op(thrift)shop yesterday and couldn't leave it there. It is printed, not embroidered, but the designer Ken Done is a well known Australian artist, and this apron in such good condition is, I suspect, worth much more than $1!