A visit to Pemberly

Chatsworth

On our holiday to York we also took a trip to the countryside. We took some of the bendy roads through the Peak district where the Tour de France was this week, to idyllic Bakewell. Naturally we tried bakewell pudding and tarts, but we really were there for a visit to Pemberly, or Chatsworth as this beloved Jane Austen estate is called.

Bakewell

Bakewell pudding from the bakewell pudding shop.

Seeing the grand estate appearing in the countryside made me feel like Elizabeth Bennet taking a look at Mr Darcy’s home with her aunt and uncle. Although apart from his bust there was no sight of Mr Darcy (yes the bust from the film is still on display).

And having recently enjoyed BBCs ‘Death Comes to Pemberly’, who doesn’t recognise this view from the very last scene of the series?

Death Comes to Pemberly

Scene from ‘Death comes to Pemberly’.

Chatsworth pond

My own view of Pemberly, or Chatsworth.

Apart from Jane Austen’s world coming to life, Chatsworth really is a most impressive country estate. We spend about 6 hours in the house and gardens and I wouldn’t mind going again as I’m certain I’ll discover new bits.

Chatsworth wallpaper

The wallpaper from the guest bedroom.

The visit also creatively inspired me for a new cushion cover. The guest bedrooms had beautiful wallpaper of a banana tree and tropical birds inspired from the estates greenhouse, in a second hand shop near York I found a piece of upholstery fabric that looked very much alike for only £2! The shopping bag from the Chatsworth giftshop had an illustration of the house on it, which I transferred  and machine embroidered onto a piece of creme fabric.

Chatsworth embroidered

Detail of Chatsworth embroidered on the cushion.

I took out a corner of the floral fabric to put the embroidered house in, added mint green piping around the border and a piece of lace that I once got at a vintage market. Et voila a cushion to remind me of our trip through the countryside and dream of living in a grand estate like Chatsworth or Pemberly.

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xx Ilse

Floral scraps quilt

From this blog you have probably gathered I love a good floral fabric, whilst fabric shopping I have to be careful not to buy yet another flower print to make sure my wardrobe doesn’t end up looking like a wild flower garden. From all these fabrics I naturally have ended up with a stash of floral scraps. Last year I started using these scraps for a couple of machine embroidery projects. I now got 4 of them and decided to stitch them together in a quilt. Quilting wise I’m not really one to follow a set pattern or anything, rather look what shape scraps I’ve got lying about and what looks nice. So I ended up with this square.

Floral scrap quilt

Have only made the front so far, need to buy some quilt batting and a nice (possibly more plain) fabric for the back.

And you might have noticed a familiar fabric, the scraps from my meringue skirt were just enough for the borders.

Wk2 finished cross stitch

Almost a week late updating my finish work. I did honestly finish my cross stitch project within the week, but hadn’t gotten round posting it online.

Here is the finished decorative sticker. It didn’t end up quite round so I might frame it later.

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As it was quite a small project I used my time to finish another thing I had lying around for ages. It’s a needle case that I made with scrap fabrics, only had to stitch it together, add a button and put my needles in. Didn’t realise I had so many needles until I filled up the whole case.

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