When we started stitchdotcom, I had a bit of a thing about old typewriters. I had seen someone making cufflinks and other jewelry out of old typewriter keys and really loved them. The keys themselves, when disembodied from the typewriter, are chunky little circles with a letter in them. They have a metal band around the outside and they are just very, very pleasing.
Alison, knowing this, had bought an old typewriter, which we planned to refurbish at some point. In the end a friend did it for us. In the meantime, we decided we’d like to create a pattern using the keys. Various photographs were taken and prototype patterns put together, but none of them really worked very well. We were trying to stitch both the letter and the outer of the key and it just looked very fussy and well, not like a typewriter.
Then we hit on an idea. Why not make the hoop into the metal band around the outside of the key and just create a letter. Much easier to do, much simpler and quicker and, as it turns out, much more effective.
As we put the first hoops together (we painted them silver to look like metal bands) with their letters, we knew it was going to be good. When we spent hours measuring and knocking nails into the correct position to hang them on, we had no idea how good it was going to look. When we stood back and looked at our ‘giant’s typewriter’, we were absolutely thrilled. We love it. It’s now got pride of place in my living room, above the old typewriter which inspired us.
I hope you love it too!