Last year I bought a touring caravan. She’s old (I believe built in 1989) but I love her. She’s got character and it was love at first sight. I named her Maree and, along with the dogs, started exploring this beautiful country in her. But as I’m sure you can imagine being designed and built in that time frame her soft furnishings aren’t, ahem, exactly to my tastes. However they were in excellent condition so I decided to wait. I wanted to spend time considering exactly what to do so that I could try and get it right.
I planned on making the new furnishings during the winter ready for this year but that didn’t happen because of family commitments. In fact I only just got out again in Maree this last week end. It felt good to be away from it all and as I sat there on Saturday evening listening to the radio, knitting a sock, I was surprised how much my ideas on what to do to had solidified without me realising.
So now the project can begin in earnest. I’ve decided not to recover the sofa seats, they’ve survived this long I’m sure they will cope longer. Instead I’m going to make a couple of matching quilts to be draped over, they can then be used to snuggle under on a evening. I definitely want some matching cushions in addition to the ones already in there. These can double up as pillows.
I also passionately hated the curtains that fit into the awning. Mankey, revolting, hate, hate, hate…. I did consider making new curtains last year but discovered that dying them a dark green removed a lot of the revulsion. Enough that I didn’t want to burn them every time I saw them at any rate. But they definitely need to go this year.
There are a few other things but these are the biggies for this year. Colour scheme wise I wasn’t sure what to do. At present she’s themed around green with complimentary colours. I’m happy enough with this and have decided to stay with it. It also means everything should work well together while it’s a work in progress. Last year at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching show I found some fabulous green fabrics I thought would be perfect. I think the man on the stand thought I was a little bonkers but was happy to sell me plenty. It’s been quietly waiting in a box while things have been moved about in the cottage (I’ll tell you more about all that in another post) and now it’s time to get started. Some cream fabric is now on order to compliment it and once it arrives I’ll be getting stuck in.
It feels good to have a sewing project again. I just hope my old sewing machine survives through it.