Friday, December 11, 2009

Now I know my ABCs

I have this ABC frieze by Dick Bruna. You probably know Dick Bruna through his "Miffy" books - do you recognise these illustrations from your childhood? Actually I have three friezes - ABC, Numbers and Animals - published in the early 1970s and they are certainly well loved and have been used by two generations of our family.

I had this ABC one stuck to coloured cardboard in my son's room, but it got all mis-shapen and fell down. And look at it! Its water damaged, ripped, brittle and tired, and basically in need of retirement. My crafty plan (next year...) is to create a fabric version of it with fabric/felt applique of the illustrations and then make a wall hanging. It can then continue to be used and loved into the future.

So, if you are visiting this post today, how about weighing in with your opinions on two things. Would you mind? I think I would have to make each square one at a time and sew them together at the end, kind of like a quilt. My two conflicting ideas are:
Should I make an exact copy including the coloured backgrounds?
Should I make an all white background version? (possibly makes it more uni-sex)
What do you think?


Catherine said...

I do remember those cute little images and it does look well loved. I think an exact copy would look very cute and I think the colours would suit a girl or a boy. It's a great idea and I'm sure will be a well loved frieze for many more years. Have a good weekend!:)

Anonymous said...

I love this idea - recreating the frieze in fabric.

I would replicate the colour scheme used for simplicity - since you know that the colours work so well together. But then again I am a bit of a purist.

I can't wait to see it finished.

x Catherine


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