24 September 2011

Lewes' make-over part 2

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A job for me today was to make some new curtains for our VW camper 'Lewes'. I thought this would be a quick job, but like usual I was wrong. You would not believe the amount of curtains that came out of that van, like miles of curtains. Anyways, the idea was to use some old thick linen bed sheets that we had purchased from the flea market. It has a lovely texture is just the right side of white.

it took forever to cut out the fabric, I just laid the original curtains on the top and cut around them, simples!...I nearly ended up with a cat shaped curtain.

then in the shed for some power sewing. I think it was 7 or maybe 8 curtains...blimey.

you have probably seen these animals before if you read this blog regularly, they are early 19th century illustrations of animals for classification purposes. We use them as a backdrop to our jewellery in photos, and we even made last years xmas crackers from them too!
I searched far and wide for some nice fabric, even Liberty's upholstery department {with some of the most expensive fabrics known to human kind} but, alas, nothing floated our boat. So we decided to make our own pattern instead thus, we have the animals. We spent ages at work photocopying them onto fabric transfer paper and cutting them out...

and then carefully ironing them onto the bottom edge of the curtains as if they are waiting for the bus or something.




I think it worked quite well, and once they are bonded, you can wash them in the machine as usual.



so the van is coming along nicely, and we really cant wait for it to all come together and have our tiny home on wheels. We are aiming it to be ready early next week {fingers crossed}.

37 comments:

  1. They turned out perfect Aramis! I love the idea of ironing those animal prints on the bottom of the curtains!

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  2. Really great idea! I love those animals and where they are sitting.

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  3. wow, what a brilliant idea for the curtains!

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  4. this is a wonderful idea! how beautiful it looks : )

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  5. LOVE the animal curtains! Lewes will be the most smartly dressed camper van around.

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  6. I remember these animals well - and don't they look stunning at home within your latest creation. Gorgeousness.

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  7. This is a great idea. I wish you could make extra transfers and put them on The Bucket Tree! they are so lovely

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  8. Interesting indeed. Those linen sheets are french you know!!I buy them here in the flea markets,I can't resist them.Those transfers are really lovely a good combination.
    I have an old car actually it's my age so I can't be too rude, 1963.A Morris Traveller.
    George and I have a VW Caravelle.It's huge, a long wheel base with a big diesel motor. It's really easy to drive compared with anything else I have had the joy to drive, basically a lot of old junk.
    I am currently mad about a H Y Citroen van I found in a field, free. Only it has no wheels and I need to tow it here. Help!

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  9. What a wonderful idea! I love those animals.

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  10. A great idea excellently executed! The curtains look extremely lovely.

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  11. They turned out so well these animals! I didn't even know you could make a pattern this way. Is "Lewes" already out of the surgery where he got his treatment for rust?

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  12. Oh, my, how charming! Lewes will be a veritable rolling arc. I can't wait for the big reveal.

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  13. These are beautiful.
    I need curtains... have old linen sheets (size midway between single and double - very irritating)... you are truly an inspiration!

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  14. Your curtains are utterly breautiful.....

    We used a Celia Birtwell fabric for our camper, child freindly & happy - but I have to say, your's are just the best....

    Lx

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  15. Anonymous24.9.11

    Clever little Vegemite! The curtains are beautiful and I am sure they will look wonderful when hung. Jacqui

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  16. Awesome idea! Can't wait to see Lewes all dolled up

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  17. Seriously Artemis - I know you do these things with great love because they are your own but you should be an Interior Designer/Decorator/Stylist.... working for Vogue or some such! Perhaps turning it into work would take the fun out of it? Perhaps getting paid big dollars doing what you love will make up for deadlines and busy schedules? Either way... you are very talented my dear! Oh and if you're looking for a country that needs great talented people working in the industry.... Perth, Australia...highly recommended!

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  18. A marvellous idea and beautifully executed! I love seeing those beautiful illustrations of yours pop up again and again through your work.
    "I spent most of the time staring blankly into space, not knowing if this was going to work out at all!"
    - hahah made me laugh - I have been there SO many times. However I don't always manage to find the ability to keep going and so give up at that point. I love the tweeds - can't wait to see the finished Lewes!

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  19. That is a fantastic idea to make the curtains. I love the look of the animals on the bottom. You have given me an idea for our own camper van, it badly needs curtains too. Cant wait to see the finished pictures.

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  20. They look great! Thank you for sharing... I know it is hard to find what you want... when you want everything to be right... colour/texture maybe but then you've got to love the print too.
    I'm off to find rolls of fabric transfer paper.

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  21. sweetness! The lovely contrast of the delicate animal drawings with the texture of the cloth. Very very nice. xo

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  22. Very nice, very nice indeed. x

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  23. Gorgeous, really. You have a very special good taste, congratulations!

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  24. so sweet- such a good idea and probably even more fun than spending tons of money on something pre-made!

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  25. adorable, can't wait to see it finished!

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  26. Wow, These are stunning! I might have to rob your idea! (If you don't mind!) :-)

    This is only my second visit here, but I just wanted to say what a cool blog!

    I'll definitely be back.

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  27. That's a great idea, they look beautiful!

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  28. What an Amazing idea, far nicer than most fabrics out there, I love that illustration look, would look great in all sorts of settings. Where did you get fabric transer fabric from? Love your blog, have given me a fab insight into so many sea side places to visit with your informative narrative and pics......

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  29. How jolly jolly gorgeous. Would love a skirt made out of these please.

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  30. the curtains looks fantastic! love the little animals. you are such an inspiration, all the way to sweden and back!

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  31. hello -- i'm one of your admirers delurking here because i've tried this quite a few times but all the ransfers have turned out more or less yellowish or too glossy :( is there a brand of transfer paper you would recommend in particular, please ? yours are very pretty !
    and the camper is going to be great !

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  32. I absolutely love these, just fab!

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  33. The animals printed on to the curtains look beautiful...your creativity never ceases to amaze me.. I agree with the anonymous comment..you are clever little vegemites!! :)

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  34. Linda29.9.11

    They will grace the windows of 'Lewes' beautifully.

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  35. that is so wonderfull idea! btw what kind of sewing machine do you have?

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  36. that is so wonderfull idea! btw what kind of sewing machine do you have?

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  37. These are beautiful. I love your 'freestyin' attitude to upholstery!
    Missing your blog updates, hope you are ok... just read your FAQ's, made me giggle.

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