31.1.11

Red bobbins, bobbing robins


A very quick order for a birthday present - a fat robin clip. Rather nice to make something in under five hours; one of my latest pieces has taken around about 30 hours plus and still not quite finished.




There are all kinds of treasures on this bookcase, but now there are some new ones - discovered on Etsy in '
Found For You Supplies', a set of gorgeous red vintage threads. Can you spot them?




There. Simply eye-tickling red loveliness. I had intended to use them for embellishing birds and *things* but now they are displayed I don't think I can bear to spoil them. I will colour match them with new threads instead.



19 comments:

Julia Guthrie said...

Gorgeous...so many gorgeous things :)
Us arty types know how to appreciate colour & bookshelves stacked to the gills with 'pretty things' don't we? lol

janet said...

Dear Gretel,

See...you do have red robins in England!!

Love the gorgeous red thread, I would have a hard time using them also. You are right to save them for display.

Hope all is well with you and Andy.

Janet xox

Rosie said...

The perfect bookcase. When can we see the needlepoint you are working on?

Rowan said...

Lovely rich colours in the vintage threads - just right for this time of the year.

rossichka said...

A lovely present in a sweet box!... I like the nuances of the threads. Their time will come, it's not good to "push things"... How many treasures on this bookshelf!!

rossichka said...

On all the bookshelves!:)

Caroline B said...

Cute little robin!
Haha, I bought two vintage spools of silk thread a couple of years ago to use for embellishment...they too look very pretty untouched on my shelf!
If I ever visited your cottage, you'd have to frisk me on leaving for all the books I would be trying to 'borrow'!!

Terri said...

Gretel I'm a new visitor to your blog and have been enjoying your posts so much, in fact I think I want to live on your bookshelves they look like my ideal home!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ooooh.
Those delicious reds.

acornmoon said...

just catching up now, I am admiring your Christmas present bow and the lovely stitched beauties within.

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Sweet Birdy Love said...

Yowsers, Red Robins, hooray.
Am sitting here having a cuppa in my Red Robin mug and there's your little beauty, he's gorgeous Gretel.

Oooh, what treasures you have on your bookcase, love those red threads.

Blue skies and sunshine we're heading for 41 c. - 105f., hmmmm............

Claire :}

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Yowsers, Red Robins, hooray.
Am sitting here having a cuppa in my Red Robin mug and there's your little beauty, he's gorgeous Gretel.

Oooh, what treasures you have on your bookcase, love those red threads.

Blue skies and sunshine we're heading for 41 c. - 105f., hmmmm............

Claire :}

Chrissie said...

the threads are stunning Gretel and I just love your 'goose box'!

Frances Tyrrell said...

Your robin is lovely, very bright eyed and friendly looking.
Those glossy reds are very fetching too, like rosy flame hues. And wooden bobbins - the new threads all come on plastic bobbins and I much prefer the wooden ones.
Zooming for a closer look I see a familiar volume - I have the same little Mother Goose!

Frances said...

I do love that plucky little robin! One of his American cousins has been perching on the snow-decked branches of the ornamental cherry tree just outside the entranceway to the shop. I find this winter robin beautiful, if totally misguided as to where he really should be in January.

I also admire your bookshelves, with their non-book additions in the forefront. Mine are just alike.

Wooden thread spools are the best. We used to use them to blow soapy bubbles from our childhood bathtubs. Did you?

Best wishes to you and Andy. My cricket study continues. xo

BumbleVee said...

oooh, and lovely old vintage wooden spools too. what beautiful colours....

dying to see your new creation....a long time in the birthing....

frayedattheedge said...

Gorgeous threads! I have some beautiful Japanese silk threads which I have never used - they are just too wonderful to use!!

Pearl said...

Cute!!! Just like everything you create.
Hope you are doing well.
Hugs,