I made these from osnaburg (rustic fabric).
It began to be woven in Scotland as an imitation from a German import of a coarse lint or tow-based linen cloth in the later 1730s. It quickly became the most important variety in East-Central Scotland. Sales quadrupled, from 0.5 million yards in 1747 to 2.2 million yards in 1758. It was exported mainly to England, the Netherlands and Britain's colonies in America, and some rough fabrics were called "osnaburg" as late as the mid-twentieth century. In the Atlantic plantation complex, prior to the abolition of slavery, osnaburg was the fabric most often used for slave garments.
I mixed acrylic paints into colors I like, painted them, added stems & then 'grunged' them with a coffee/spice mixture & baked it on!
Don't laugh.....it's one of the ways I earn a dab of spending money selling on Ebay!
These were fun because they called for mini charm squares of fabric (precut into 2 1/2" squares).
The 285, built in 1963-64, was considered an economy model, a straight stitcher, and not necessarily one of Singer's finest machines, but I liked the blue color and the price was right, so he's getting an overhaul.
I've been working on primitive Snowmen, too, but that's a picture for another day. We've been picking pie cherries GALORE off our two little trees, so one of the next posts will be canning cherry pie filling! Right now it's entirely too hot/sunny outside to be INSIDE canning pie filling, so they are going straight to the freezer until canning day!