The other day I found this tiny fabric bunting kit that was so adorable I could not resist.
The jute bunting triangles are only 2 x 1½ inches with tiny eyelets in the corners.
I love wild flowers, they are the inspiration for most of my textile work and therefore when my mam found these tiny flower buttons in a small needlework shop I immediately knew that they would be perfect for my miniature bunting project. I do most of my textile work in the conservatory and there is a small window from my sewing table into my kitchen – this bunting is to go across this window and therefore must be pretty from both sides as I will be able to see it from my sewing table and when I am making coffee in the kitchen.
In my pack there were 11 bunting triangles. I began this project using 6 triangles, I firstly sewed on the small flower buttons and then added green foliage using a fine cotton thread.
Once these were completed I decorated the other 5 triangles with pink ric rac and more buttons
As I needed these to be pretty on the back I found a piece of hand dyed silk dupion which was a perfect blend of pinks. I attached some bondaweb onto the back of this silk, I peeled back the backing paper and then carefully arranged the decorated triangles onto the exposed bondaweb. I then covered this with baking paper and pressed with a hot iron. The baking paper is essential to prevent the exposed bondaweb from sticking to your iron. Bondaweb caked onto the bottom of your iron may cause you several problems including the inability to press mens shirts and therefore I do recommend a slight mishap to prevent you from having to do such menial tasks.
Once the triangles were attached onto the silk they were finished with a small running stitch around the edges before cutting out and leaving a small pink border of fabric. The bunting was strung together with a length of hand dyed viscose ribbon.
I finished this bunting this morning and this afternoon I went for a walk to my favourite secret place. This is a wood that is filled with wild flowers that I love to photograph, these photographs are often the inspiration for my textile work and therefore this afternoon Mini and I thought we would introduce you to our special walk by taking the bunting along to photograph with some flowers.