James and Amy live aboard this beautiful narrow boat, which is called Willow. When they announced they were getting married, James’ mum, Pat, got in touch to see if I would make them a bespoke bedspread for a wedding present. It was to be a gift from Pat and her friend, Alison. They thought that the upcycled nature of my work, using recycled wool knitwear would appeal to James and Amy. I love making bedspreads, and I love even more when it is for a special occasion like this. I do love a good wedding!
So the first task was to collect enough recycled wool jumpers in the burgundy, cream and green shades that Pat had requested. All jumpers are washed first before dissected. Once the seams, cuffs and collars have been cut off, the woollen pieces are cut into rectangles. Pat had requested that the middle square be left blank for something special they wanted to add.
Once the rectangles are all cut, they are places in groups of 3 and sewn together to form squares. The squares are then sewn up in strips. I use an industrial overlocker for this, and I like to have my seams on the outside. I used burgundy thread, to compliment the colours chosen.
The middle square was plain cream, which was waiting for Alison’s handiwork.
It is tradition amongst the barge community, that when living on ‘the cut’ a boy would ask a girl to marry him by writing his initials above his girlfriends in grease on a lock gate arm, if she said yes, she would write hers above his on the same. James and Amy did this, and this is what Alison has translated into the knitted centre piece. A beautiful and tender touch!
Pat travelled down to me in south west Northumberland from where she lives near Berwick on Tweed, to collect the bedspread. It then went further on it’s journey to the south, where James and Amy were married last weekend.
Here is Pat, with the happy couple, James and Amy, and her other son, Sam. Congratulations guys!! I’m loving the dark blue trim on Amy’s dress and the willow pattern Doc Martin boots.
Pat gave James and Amy their bedspread on the morning after the wedding, and I’m delighted to say there were thrilled with it. It was an absolute pleasure to make, and I’m very grateful to Pat for asking me to make it for them.
Congratulations to James and Amy! Wishing you both all the very best for your lives together.
Bespoke orders are always a pleasure, and can be made to fit any colourway of your choice. Do get in touch if this is something I can help with.