Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Nautical Series Part 1: Seaside Bunting

I decided to push myself to sail uncharted seas by making a series of craft projects with a nautical theme. You may be wondering why I have chosen autumn to do such a thing when all things seaside are generally associated with the summer. Well you see, to me, they aren't! 

Traditionally four generations of my family gather in the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby every October, so I associate the seaside with warm boots, turbulent waves crashing over the pier, stormy skies and eating fish and chips all cosy and warm in the kitchen of whichever cottage we're renting that year. For me that week is full of seafaring legends and ghostly goings on, the gothic Whitby Abbey and looking out for seals in the harbour while wrapped up in a scarf and coat. My nan also lives by the sea in North Wales, so I've always been used to visiting beaches at all times of the year, whatever the weather!

 I can't make it to Whitby this year, so I decided to fuel a series of creative projects instead. 

Over the next few weeks I'll be exploring all things seaside and nautical through a variety of art and craft forms, playing around with ideas and sharing my results here with you.

So first of all, I made my first ever bunting!




It does actually look rather summery, doesn't it, but then bunting is supposed to be cheery and I made it to brighten things up a little. 




In traditional bunting fashion I used fabric scraps left over from other projects and appliqued on some seaside scraps I bought for a few pence on eBay. I have quite a stash of bias binding because it's one of those things you see in craft books and think 'where on earth would I buy that from?!' so when I see it, I tend to buy a couple of metres, and it turns out I'd got into a bit of a habit and built up quite a stash!



I really enjoyed making this project and found it a lot less nerve racking sewing such a long length in a straight line on the sewing machine than I thought I would. This piece is only short at eight pennants, but I can now see me making bunting in longer lengths and for every occasion!  

And I have a new entry in my sewing journal...



I really hope you'll join me for the rest of my nautical series. I'm going to be posting projects erratically because I don't want to lose the fun of creative exploration by pushing myself to produce them by a certain deadline, but there will be more soon.

What does the seaside remind you of?




13 comments:

  1. The seaside reminds me of ... home! I love your nautical bunting it's very pretty and can't believe it's the first one you've made ... the possibilities are endless for future bunting projects!

    Love, Claire xxx

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    1. Thanks Claire, I found myself lying in bed at 3am thinking up new bunting project ideas! I clearly have contracted buntingitis... x

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  2. Ooh...how lovely, cheerful and summery! I'm not quite ready to give up the summer yet, and in protest I've still got my summer denim skirt and plimsolls on today. It's a little chilly out there though...I might have to give it up! Love the bunting. You did a great job on it! I can't wait to see what else you get up to! Tania ♥

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    1. I wore possibly the most summery dress I have ever owned on Sunday, and today it's boots and a scarf for me! I do love British weather :) Pleased you like the bunting. x

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  3. Dear Anna
    I love your bunting as it is so cheerful and happy! Seaside to me means many happy childhood holidays spent in Hunstanton, on the North Norfolk coast, playing crazy golf, eating fish and chips on the green, going to the fair and loving the gallopers and the helter skelter, seeing all the little landmarks I knew so well, eating cream cakes and buying rock, paddling in the sea and looking in the rockpools.
    Ahh...
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ah rock pools! I have spent many a happy hour peering into those in Robin Hoods Bay, a net in one hand and a bucket in the other (and hoping to find a fossil or two to take home as well). Happy memories! x

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  4. What an immensely lovely job! I've always adored bunting - and the Britishness that it seems to bring to any setting (it's not nearly as common here in Canada, though the bunting trend as of late is slowly changing that).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you very much Jessica! I almost feel as though bunting is everywhere over here and that I'm very late to the party, but these crazes come and go and I'm just starting mine! I hope you'll see more of it in British Colombia to help brighten your day. x

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  5. Bunting always brightens things up and I love the nautical theme. It looks really well made :-)

    Claire x

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  6. Anna this bunting is absolutely to die for! I adore the lighthouse, I suppose I also associate the sea side with cold weather, just because it's so rare to get warm weather in England and Wales! Do you get Crafty Creatives subscription boxes? The last one was nautical themed. I can't wait to see what else you create :) xx

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    1. Thanks Imogen, there's just something about lighthouses that I find so sentimental! I saw on a few blogs that the last Crafty Creatives box was nautical - I have some anchor and ship's wheel charms so perhaps I'll try my own version of the bracelet - it looked great fun!
      x

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  7. This is beautiful Anna, lovely patterns! I too often end up at the seaside in October when my mum and I go for a day trip to Norfolk. I love coming back with pockets full of shells!!

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