Monday, 2 July 2012

Bunting

I feel as though I have been under house arrest for the past week... only venturing out for bare essentials.


But at last the bunting is finished... all 12.5m of it! (That's metres not miles)


12.5m made in two lengths consisting of a total of 46 individual flags.


Each one has been embroidered with reminiscences of street parties and celebrations ranging from the silver jubilee of George V in 1935 up to our recent jubilee celebrations.


Each one has been made from vintage embroidered table linens, much of which has been donated by you, my blog readers. Thank you so much for for supporting me yet again and being part of this project.


The bunting will hang out side the Cambridge Folk museum this weekend to coincide with the Olympic torch coming to Cambridge. The torch leaves Cambridge for Huntingdon early on Sunday morning July 8th and will pass right past the folk museum along Castle Street. After that the bunting will hang in the museum tea room which is open at weekends. It has been a great project to be involved in although it has taken far more hours than I originally thought and because we were waiting on collecting the reminiscences it has all been very last minute.


I did give myself a day off yesterday and we worked in the garden all day. As ever I completely forgot that I'm not as young as I used to be and a full day in the garden has left me barely able to move today... I never learn!


Good job all I had to do was sit at the sewing machine and stitch bunting all day today!

22 comments:

  1. The bunting look fabulous, it must have been quite exciting working out designs and comments for all the flags, It's lovely to see all the old table cloths being put to use.

    Annya

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  2. Bunting looks great, garden looks fab. Have swapped your planned birthday present for a tanker load of ralgex. Happy rubbing!

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  3. Look at your bunting - how fab is that?!

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  4. Wow Gina -- it looks fabulous. What a fun and interesting project!

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  5. You have created an heirloom there Gina, I hope it is treasured when it has done it's duty.

    You deserve a long hot soak and some pampering.

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  6. Gina it is stunning, you must be so pleased with it. It does look like a great deal of hard work went into this but it will definitely be an heirloom piece which will no doubt get a lot of interest at the museum. Hope your aches ease up x

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  7. It is beautiful Gina, a piece of history for future generations! Well done!
    Your garden looks lovely, I've been in the garden all afternoon too so no doubt I'll pay for it tomorrow!
    Vivienne x

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  8. The bunting is a huge success and I even recognised a bit of the cloth my Mum embroidered (1945 street party to celelbrate the end of the war). Lovely that the bunting will hang in the tearooms for visitors to enjoy.
    You probably won't learn not to do too much gardening for a while longer - I have only just got the hang of it and I am 76!
    Your garden looks beautiful - I suppose we should be grateful for all this rain.

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  9. Wonderful! I'm sure all the visitors in the tea room will enjoy it for years to come too.
    Garden looks gorgeous too - hope you can move again soon!

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  10. What a really lovely treasure you have created. x Jo

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  11. It looks beautiful Gina, any chance you could bring it to show us on Weds? X

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  12. The bunting should be treasured for years and will look fabulous for the Torch Relay. I hope your aches soon ease. The garden is looking beautiful.

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  13. Well done for finishing it, it looks so lovely!

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  14. Twelve metres is a LOT of bunting... well done you, it looks like a superb job.

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  15. The bunting is fabulous well done.

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  16. it is truly beautiful and a fabulous way to re-use those wonderful pieces of hand stitched cloths, each made by a different woman. A real collective piece of history. i shall enjoy seeing it Gina. Moira x

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  17. Gina, what amarvellous piece of work to have created. Definitely something to be proud of. I hope the sun shines for the torch relay and that visitors to the tea room enjoy reading such lovely memories. All your projects and commitments seem to be finished now.... what next?

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  18. That has to be the very best looking bunting that I have ever seen, well done Gina! You certainly deserve a treat after that marathon effort.

    The Flame comes here the day after you, but I shan't be bothered to go and watch it, I am seriously underwhelmed by it all.

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  19. An Olympic effort, no less! Well done you - it will look fabulous. I love all the individual stories on each flag.

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  20. Oh Gina that bunting is absolutely delightful! It must have taken so much work but the end result is fabulous! I actually feel quite emotional about it! Lucy xx

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  21. The bunting looks very special - I'll seek it out next time I'm in Cambridge. I really hope that there's no chance it could get wet if it rains on Sunday!

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  22. Ah Gina! That bunting is exquisite! Absolutely beautiful!

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