06 March 2010

Frau Heuberg's Swap

My old baby bedding needs mending before our little one arrives. The baby will sleep in the cradle next to our bed for the first few months, but when it moves into its cot it shall have the baby bedding that I had, when I was a baby, which naturally I deeply love!

The two designs on top and the one with the apples are by German textile Designer Graziela Preiser. Her iconic and award-winning designs from the 1970's are currently relaunched. Have a look at her website here.

It's amazing how cheerful and bright the colours are after 35 years, 4 children and lots of little visitors. Just the corners suffered a bit, as my younger sister used to fall asleep with one thumb in her mouth and the other one busily scratching through the fabric she held in her tiny little fist.

So when I saw that Ines from Frau Heuberg is offering exactly the fabric I need in her weekly swap, I tried to find something in my studio which might make her happy to swap with me.

So I offered lovely Ines one of my handmade corsages and a paper garland.

The music sheets I used have aged beautifully with a warm tint of brown. A few month ago we moved into a building that was owned by a pianist and member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. I found lots of old music sheets and as this pianist also was a printer by profession and our house used to be his printing workshop we also found some paper punches, which I used for the smaller circles. The bigger ones I had to cut by hand. I also used pages from and old copy of Jane Austin's "Sense and Sensibility".

I quickly hung the 3.6 metres long paper garland  in our living room, took a photograph and send it to Ines.

She instantly agreed to the swap.

Thank you so much, Ines. You made've my day!