There’s something so satisfying in making things for the home. Even if they’re not perfect – they have uniqueness, an inner life. Kevin McCloud’s recent show is all about “making and doing not buying and consuming” & I totally agree. And yet – who can resist the fun of a great flea market find… it’s all in the mix.
This week a bit of both. Found the most lovely hand knitted throw in the Blackheath Antique Centre. Something that makes you feel warm just by looking at it. Then decided to make a patchwork door snake, inspired by a picture from a French house magazine.
In the old schoolmasters house there are large gaps under the doors and in winter snakes are needed to block drafts. The snakes from the supermarket are always sad affairs; in drab colours, lightweight and never long enough. Pathetic somehow, over summer they gather in dusty little clusters at the bottom of cupboards- always in the way.
I decided to make a sumptuous snake: oversize and in vibrant warm colours. Something that was not an afterthought to the room, but an integral part of it, bought out when the seasons changed.
Not really having a guide on how to got about it – I gathered up some off cuts of upholstery fabric and cut & placed out different coloured strips. I think that craft projects are best when you don’t over think them…
After machine sewing them together in a striped banner – seamed it into a long sock, and sewed one end closed. Not wanting it too heavy I alternated layers of sand from the hardware and beanbag filling. This did make it a little lumpy; perhaps next time I would do all beans. But I love the fact that an hour ago it was some random fabric scraps lying in the cupboard and now it is something useful and needed.