Appreciation for items handmade is growing and embroidery and sewing are enjoying a renaissance of sorts with a revival of interest in vintage fabrics and techniques. Rosemary McLeod and Marilyn Daly, set out to recreate items for the book that had originally been created in the thirty years spanning 1920 – 1950. These delightful objects: bags, tea-cosies, aprons, cushions, and adornments are made from a range of materials such as felt, hessian, cotton and brightly coloured threads, wool, and buttons. Made with techniques such as quilting, patchwork, and embroidery the objects display an extraordinary freshness and vibrancy that has immediate appeal to both young and old.
My mission here is to reclaim the home-made... I also wanted to find out what it would be like, as a maker, to re-enter a time when the average woman, with average sewing skills, was expected to be able to make most of the craft projects in magazines. Rosemary McLeod from With Bold Needle and Thread