Sunday 28 March 2010

Wedding Cake

Hello, I hope you've had a lovely weekend?
Mine was.
Nothing terribly exciting to report, just a lovely homey, family type weekend and that's how I like it. I don't need drama or danger, thrills or spills, just being with the people I love at home is pleasure enough for me. How can there be anything more important than that!
Right, as promised... Wedding Cake!
For a few months now I've had a box full of vintage French lace stashed in my attic. Wonderful Man bought it for me at one of our local auctions last year I think, or it may have been the year before that. You know how it is, the older you get, the faster time slips by!

Well I've been waiting for the right project to come along and this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
A wedding cake.

I patch worked it all around the sides and on the top.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, choosing and offering pieces this way and that. Carefully stitching little curls and swirls and catching down tiny icing like frills and flowers.

I also happen to have a rather sizable stash of ribbons, all different kinds that I carefully squirrel away when ever I come across them.
These roses I made from wide, wired ombre ribbon. I'm afraid the photo doesn't do the colours justice.

Ta-daa! (I love typing that word)
I hope you've noticed the 4... Yes 4 pillars holding up the top tier of cake!
In my original cake design I was going to just sit the top tier straight onto the bottom tier, but when I asked a friend for her opinion, she thought is should be on pillars. (Bless her little cotton socks. Mental note to self, never ask a friend for her opinion.) Only joking!
Hmmmm...This caused much head scratching and nose wrinkling on my part and for good reason.
How was I going to make 4 round columns strong enough to hold weight on top and soft enough to be stitched to both the top and bottom of the cakes at the same time? And that resembled icing!
The stitching of said columns was, to put it politely extremely difficult. Much 'Dick Dastardly and Muttley' grumblings issued from my lips I can tell you! Also much pricking of fingers and dropping of needles!
Anyway, I would tell you what I used and how I did it, but then...
I'd have to kill you. Sorry.
Ta-daa! again.
Just for good measure.

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the crochet coat hangers.
I'm hoping to have some sort of instructions for you next time. I can't promise it will be an exact pattern but I'm sure if you can crochet the basic stitches, you'll be able to make one of your own.
OOO! and before I forget please find time to check the 20 Minuters list on my side bar as we have new crafters joining us all the time and I would hate for you to miss out on any crafty blogs!
Till next time
Love Fi x


Rubyred said...

The wedding cake is AMAZING!! It looks so real, you clever thing!Brilliat idea with the pillars! Whatever you did it works!
Have a geat week!
Rachel x

Claire said...

Hey Fi, the wedding cake is just lovely I want to sneak a little piece of the icing and eat it!
The pillars look great.
What on earth could be next in your crafty culinary cookbook?

I am loving that crochet coathanger cover and can't wait to have a go at making one for myself.

ViDerTextil said...

Lovely cake ! Looks very good, and thus .... must taste very well too :-). The idea of using old laces is really working, and the pompons cream on the edge, MMMMMM !
Have a nice day ! Viviane

Marigold Jam said...

Brilliant! Good enough to eat.

VintageVicki said...

That cake is brilliant :)

Mandy said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so clever! It looks so real! Just brilliant!

Jude said...

Fantastic...I love it and it's calorie-free I assume!!
looking forward to the coat hanger tutorial...
Take care

KC'sCourt! said...

Amazing, Beautful, Wonderful, Original! It really looks perfect and good enough to eat!
Julie xxxxx

Penny said...

What a lovely wedding cake, a fabulous way to show off that lovely lace. Can I join your Twenty Minute Challenge please? I need a bit discipline!!! Penny x

Beki said...

I'm speechless, the cake is truly beautiful!

Beki xxx

Anonymous said...

Another amazing cake !! Brilliant.:)
Vivienne x

Bertie Meadows said...

Oh you are so clever, it looks delicious. I love the pillars too.
Bertie x

melanie said...

Wow, the wedding cake is simply amazing, you are so talented! xxxx

Rachel said...

The cake is stunning Fiona! I wonder if you used the same trick that they use when making real wedding cakes with pillars...? I've just finished making your little birdie and it should all be in the post tomorrow!
Rachel x

Lululiz said...

Well, I'll be.......... what an amazing creation! It looks absolutely fabulous!

Tracey said...

Wow, your wedding cake looks amazing.

Amanda said...

Well what a creation! You've done a fabulous job.

topchelseagirl said...

Wow it's amazing. You're so clever and talented to bring the idea to life.

wonderwoman said...

wowee - that cake is just amazing!


Twiggy said...

Wow the cake is gorgeous and so is the hanger, well done you !!
twiggy x

Twiglet said...

Another triumph of culinary delight!! Fat - free too.

Helen said...

That cake is even more gorgeous than the covered coathanger!!

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

I loved your coat hanger but this cake is just amazing .... what a clever and original way to use that old lace .... well done x

Yvonne Temple said...

You are amazing... what a FANTASTIC cake! I love it. And your crochet hanger is scrumptious... even I might be able to have a go at that!
brilliant inspiration... thanks xx

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maryannlucy said...

That is fabulous, what a gorgeous job. It is amazing!! It would never have crossed my mind to do something like that with lace. I tend to hoard lovely fabrics and never do anything with them, as I am not sure what to do with them, but then I see this and realise it is best I hoard as I could never do anything like that. It is fantastic!

val said...

Hi Fiona! You have really excelled yourself AGAIN! Where will it lead to next? Your Calorie Free Zone is just amazing - I have posted you on my blog today - thanks for your permission :0)
Have a lovely weekend.
Val xx

Winifred said...

Oh that's gorgeous!

No worries about damaging it when you're transporting it to the "do" either.

silverpebble said...

Oh my goodness the use of the textile design on that cake is inspired! The result is exquisite. Asd for the coat hanger, it would seem a shame to hang something on it and hide all that lovely crochet fringing. The dear little flowers! How gorgeous it is

Booklinks said...

You’re right; home with family is the best of all!
The wedding cake is a piece of art! Beautiful!
Happy Easter,

Nina O'Brien said...

I have fallen in love with this beautiful wedding cake - You blog is wonderful and could I please ask if I could be added to your group of 20minuters ?

Val Reaves said...

Count me in on the 20 Minutes Group...sometimes it seems that the only way I can redeem the day is by sewing something and seeing a result! I'd love to be included!
Val in Kansas :-)

MarmaladeRose said...

Hi Neen
I'll add you to the list but I can't put a link back to your blog. Your blog appears to be private not public.

Fi x

Lynn said...

Love your work! I am so glad that I found your blog! Please add me to your 20 minute a day group! What a wonderful way to get some sewing in everyday!

Love, Lynn