Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Blue & White 'china'



Every New Year's Eve for quite a long time, our dear friends Kevin and Charlotte (Charlie) have laid on a wonderful evening's entertainment, magnificent nosh and lashings of ginger beer.   All we have to do is turn up in our best bib-and-tucker and be prepared for lots of laughs.   Well, that's all I have to do, my other half has to stay reasonably sober to play the bagpipes for us all when Big Ben strikes 12 at midnight.  


There are always quite a lot of friends around the table and Charlie is a great cook.   Last year we had lovely puds, as usual.  As Charlie moved around the dining table to serve us with custard and cream from her vintage vessels, Mary said, "Oh, nice jugs Charlotte!".   By this time, we were all inebriated enough to pick up on the unintended double entendre and a lot of schoolboy sniggering ensued.


Well, this little scenario (replayed quite a few times, needless to say) led me to thinking about immortalising it in applique, as you do.   So out came the fabric stash and I roughly cut out some jug shapes in paper and had some fun placing them and chosing what material to use.   I bondawebbed them and then sewed them to some calico and then took my courage in both hands to make the little title label in free machine stitching, yes, free machine stitching!!!   It's wonky and wobbly, but my normal handwriting isn't much better!


Anyway, Charlie and I had a walk and some lunch together today at Mary's restaurant, so that I could hand over the picture (all nicely framed) and we had a laugh all over again.   I think this joke's going to run and run....

17 comments:

ELK said...

i relish the story behind the piece

angeltreats said...

I love the story and the picture - think I will have to make one for myself for the kitchen wall :)

Gina said...

What fun!

Uta said...

Love the jugs and the joke, hehehe.

Things Hand Made said...

We had a simialr meal when a friend suggested I get my jugs out to show her husband. ((snigger))

JP said...

love the picture and the words

fibrefrolics said...

Lovely jaunty jugs. Very rustic! Enjoyed the joke too. Do you know "Oscar and Toots"? Think you might like their things.

manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup!!
Manon

Menopausal musing said...

Brilliant! ...... and now your friend has a lovely picture to immortalise the evening. A fun piece of work. :O)

Julia said...

hello Chrissie

I think its fabulous, well done on the embroidered writing too, tried that myself recently and its fun isnt it!!

I also like your necklace, from in the previous post - the colours are great and really go well together, well done!

Love Julia x x x

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Very nice jugs! Love love love the piece. I collect blue and white china in one of my dressers and a piece like this would be lovely! I have nice jugs too! Fab story! You will never forget!

Have a good week
Carolyn x

Anonymous said...

Great fun, Chrissie. I'm sure Charlie will cherish your work.
Anne

fiona d said...

I love this, what a delightful way to remember it!

vintagerockchick said...

Great picture - I love to inject a bit of humour into stitchery (and life generally) too x

karen said...

lovely, lovely work. I adore the blue and white and thanks for the get well wishes. I am feeling better but still a little ''iffy''. I think it's being around all those kids at work, catching their germs!! Karen

Kris Henderson said...

Chrissie I received your post. Of course you can join in the Erosion Bundle Project. I've already added your blog to the participating artists list...now just get some photos posted of your bundle! My email kris k henderson at g mail . com
I could not access your email either :)

ewa-christine said...

This was a very nice idea!!!!!