Saturday, February 9, 2013


For my patchwork bags and quilt I use whatever cotton I can lay may hands on. I buy some, which isn't easy here in Greece, and I use old shirts, skirts, sheets.
Other things I recycle are embroidered wall hangings. My mother-in-law made of a lot of them. The embroidery is beautifully done, but I don't really like them on the wall. So I took them out of the frames and reused them.

The one she made with the dear I cut up and used the pieces to make cushions.

This is another one I like.The woolen baby blanket I bought here in Sparta in an old shop that closed down. I changed the binding and it looks immediately different.

I don't know how she embroidered this one. It's so tiny! It's a real Greek pattern because it has the Acropolis above the carriage.

I am planning, already for a long time, to go to the flea market in Athens and look for embroidery. I never had time enough! When I'm done with fabric shopping I am exhausted and go home. Next time I just have to stay an extra day for the flea market.


  1. Wat een prachtig effect, ik vind ze schitterend gemaakt Ada!! En bedenk net, dat ik zelf ook nog geborduurde werken van mijn moeder op zolder heb staan, maar... of ik het zou durven om ze te verwerken in een kussen?

  2. Very clever idea!Congratulations!!!Georgia M.

  3. De resultaten zien er erg mooi uit. Leuk om de borduurwerken op deze manier toch te gebruiken.

  4. Υπέροχες δημιουργίες!! Το κέντημα εξαιρετικό!!!

  5. Ik vind dit een super idee Ada! Mijn moeder heeft ook veel geborduurd en ik krijg wel eens wat, aan de muur vind ik het minder, maar het in kussens verwerken, prachtig!

  6. Nou, dat is prachtig!! Wat een goed idee. Hier in huis heb ik ook veel borduurwerk van mijn schoonouders. Beiden borduurden veel; alles ligt in een kast en eigenlijk weet ik niet wat er mee moet gebeuren. Jouw oplossing spreekt mij erg aan.
    Tot een volgende keer en groeten van Willemien.

  7. What a clever idea! Your cushions are lovely!

  8. Hi Ada I love what you did with the embroyderies I also go to the flea market and look for them I have made pillows from doillies also I have a small quilt I made with an embroyderd heart in the middle and used tha rose fabric that you have used in one of the bags you wore at thess. do you remeber ? I told you I have the same fabric ,you will see it when you come and visit ,we will go together to the flea market I go on Sunday morning it will be our day to look for stitcheries and some fabric also ,take care theodora


  10. Loved reading your blog this morning! You do beautiful work!! I also love gardening too.... very nice and when I have alittle extra time today I want to look at some of the other things I don't have right now....time to read, and learn something new!!

    Sandy at and
    Happy Valentine's day!

  11. Όλες σου οι δημιουργίες, υπέροχες και ευφάνταστες!

  12. I love recycled/upcycled items! They are truly one of a kind when you reuse something and make it into something completely new. =0)
    New GFC follower, and also on Google+. I hope you'll stop by my blog and join us at the Meet & Greet hop, open all weekend.

  13. Your pillows and quilts are just lovely. We have 2 major things in commom...I luv pillows and gardening. Found your blog on g+, a new follower. Would luv if you could stop by my blog as well.

    Anne Marie

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