Saturday, 19 November 2016

Penny Farthing bicycle

The first time I referred to a "Penny Farthing" on my blog, I was surprised that many of my American friends didn't know what I was talking about - but then, not having our coins, how would they have known that this style of bicycle  was named after the old penny and farthing coins, one very big and one very small, that were in circulation in Britain when these bikes were first fashionable?


I've never tried riding one - they look awfully uncomfortable - but I do love images of them, so it was natural that I would use one for this week's challenge at Less is More, which is Vintage. It's quite hard for me to get my mind around vintage done in a CAS way - I tend to think of it as lots of layers of ribbon, lace, patterned paper and flowers or a masculine melange of cogs, gears and machinery, steampunk-style. Well, I still have my cogs and gears, but I've kept them to a simple-ish border, part obscured by the penny-farthing in order to leave as much "white" space as possible.

9 comments:

  1. Great job of combining CAS and vintage, Jane! I too love the shape of the old Penny Farthings, though I agree I wouldn't have wanted to try riding one :D This looks really fab with the manufacturer's stamp at the top and old fashioned cogs. Lovely design! Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More :)

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  2. FAB vintage theme make

    Kathyk

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  3. Wonderfully vintage! Really lovely card! xxx

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  4. Brilliant card Jane - and you once again pipped me to the post with your choice (penny farthing), super card! But, like you did, I'm still struggling here with the concept of CAS Vintage - yours looks great mind you!

    Hugs

    Di x

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  5. Great CAS vintage love the die-cut penny farthing
    Carol x

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  6. That is a superb die Jane - just perfect for male cards as well as vintage. The stamped cogs look brilliant and I am WOWed with that manufacturers stamp. It is hard to get your head around CAS Vintage, isn't it? .....but you have done so in a stunning way. Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More with this beauty. xx

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  7. The penny farthing is a perfect image for our vintage theme this week, Jane! The kraft base and stamped cogs give a muted feel which really add to the look. I think you have pulled CAS vintage off brilliantly! Great to see you at Less is More this week :)

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