With all the gorgeous aprons popping up in the sewing blogging world at the mo' I thought I should show why I did not take part in the big sew-along this time... you see; I have a very nice little selection of perfectly lovely handmade goodnesses to choose from when it comes to cooking-related apparel; already!
All of which are of quite high sentimental value to me since they were hand-crafted by my two favourite ladies in my life; my Mum and my daughter Cassie.
I own two aprons and one pair of oven mitts. Actually I have one other pair of oven mitts too, cruddy old ones which I actually use. The ones Cassie made are too good to muck up :) But I do wear the aprons.
They are both quite simple in line and style BUT the divinity is in the details.
Firstly; the striped apron above was handwoven and made by my mother, and I have been using it all my adult married life.
It is all cotton; the fabric handwoven by Mum on a big floor loom in a plain weave; and has twill tape attached for the neck bizzo and the waist ties.
I just love the colours Mum chose :)Secondly; I have an apron and oven mitts set; made by Cassie when she was in year 11 for an Art assignment.
This was term project, culminating in this apron and oven mitt set, a framed painting, and a whole portfolio of sketches. The name of the project is Eve's Temptation... thus the sprinkling of cherries (innocence) and apples (temptation) over the textiles. The fruit is all embroidered in three different reds, plus yellow and black, and is richly textured.
The embroidered bits were all created by Cassie devoting hours to madly feverish back-and-forth sewing on my daggy little sewing machine, that ahem, does not do embroidery. It overheated and broke down during the saga, which was pretty devastating to both of us, for entirely different reasons!... but we won't dwell on that melancholy time; my machine was repaired, Cassie finished the project with a fresh perspective on respecting other people's property, and we remained friends .... happily ever after etc etc!
The black designs are screen-printed and with some random areas of machine embroidery for a bit of added texture, and Eve's red lips are embroidered too. Also all done on my very ordinary non-embroidery machine.
So you can see I'm pretty right in the apron department. I am so lucky to have such clever creative women in my family!
(I am also wearing here my Bamboo shoot top from Pattern Magic; and my curtaining skirt from Vogue 1247)