I made this apron for the 'Hymnal Title Challenge' currently running by Thespa on her beautiful blog called Vintiquities Workshop.
The 'hymnal titles' in question are from old music sheets which Thespa reproduced on her blog and here's what she said:
"Below I have offered scans of song titles from an old hymnal. I love the font that was used for these titles and I enjoy using them, now I want to see what you can do with them. Simply print and use any of the song titles I have provided in any type of artwork. They can be used in Jewelry, tags, cards, altered art, mixed media, gifts, home decor, painted works, cut and paste, or stitched items. Use your imagination and get creative.You may use any portion of the titles shown, one word or the whole line."
She is even offering prizes too, although I'm not sure if they extend to overseas bloggers. Nevertheless, I still couldn't resist this challenge and made this little apron following the chapter 'Art Girl Doll and Apron' of my latest book 'Layered, Tattered & Stitched' by Ruth Rae.
The apron is basically a sandwich of sheet music between two layers of organza fabric, then all machine stitched together. The hymn title I chose was 'A Friend of Mine' and I must agree with Thespa, the font is beautiful. I sandwiched the title between more organza and stitched it to the apron as a belt, under which is a little hand made lace.
The pocket shows the number 391 which was part of the title (the number of the hymn?) and made in the same way as the belt.
I finished the apron off with some thin black ribbon for the ties at the waist and the neck, made a little wire hanger and rubber stamped the two tiny pegs.
What a fun project, and the apron will be for a friend too, so how approriate.