French needlepoint skirt with hunting scene

dsc_0214You can find some lovely needlepoints in French car boot sales and second hand shops all over France. It’s harder to find large ones to make clothes so I was really glad to find these ones. I used different needlepoints on the back and lined the skirt with red silk, then used a ribbon for the waistband. I used this youtube link to make the pattern:

Upcycling French needlepoint

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I’ve just finished making this upholstered stool cover for my niece who’s just got a job with the RSPCA – (Congratulations Sarah!). Made from vintage French cotton needlepoint with a piped cord edge and hessian on an old pub stool.

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If you have any spare needlepoints please get in touch! I’ve put some other upholstered needlepoint projects – of mine and others – on this pinboard for inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/kayogilvie/upcycling-needlepoint/

French aperitifs…..

Water bottles to accompany Pernod and Ricard

The classic French Aperitif ‘Bonal’ made from wine, gentian flowers, quinine……

This Bonal water carafe caught Jon’s eye because of the graphics – the ‘key’ motif is indicating this drink, like all aperitifs, will sharpen your appetite! Said to stave off exhaustion too. More on Bonal at this blog http://leitesculinaria.com/76763/writings-bonal.html

Flea market at Najac

The first Brocante and Vide Grenier (empty loft)  I’ve managed to get to so far. Things that catch my eye are old armchairs, linen sheets, enamel ware and baskets. Surprisingly, baskets can be very expensive at Brocante markets, best to buy them directly from the owners at Vide Greniers. Here’s some pics to browse – hope you like them!

Lovely old 1970s armchair, has got a bit of a wonky leg that needs mending

Lovely old 1970s armchair, has got a bit of a wonky leg that needs mending

These enamal jugs are becoming quite rare. Often in pastel colours, they were usually used for carrying water from the well

These enamel jugs are becoming quite rare. Often in pastel colours, they were usually used for carrying water from the well

Drinks basket on traditional French chair

Drinks basket on traditional French chair

This folding chair is from the 1950s, the style of these French chairs hasn’t changed since they first came on the French scene in the 1900s – they are in use all over France now in various shades. Still a bit uncomfortable, but lovely! For more on French folding chairs see Kristin’s blog post http://houseappeal.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/the-charm-of-the-french-folding-chair/#comment-1747

DSC_0029These French soda siphons were used for bottling naturally carbonated water  l’eau de Seltz (a town in Germany known for its mineral waters). They are usually made from blue or green glass and they fell into disuse in 1960 with the introduction of soda water in bottles.