Thursday, 22 February 2018

Basket Making Class

I signed myself up for a basket making class, something I've always wanted to have a go at.

It was a day of hard graft

with a lot of pokey willow flying around

and a lot of mumbling of number sequences going around the room.

I am chuffed with the end result and could definitely be tempted again.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Cashmere Easter Bunny

I found these little fellas hiding in my studio,

they are behaving so far.

Cute sheepskin bobtail or what, now listed in my Etsy Shop.

I also listed a few project/lunch bags and
 this whopper of a tote made from unused 1970's upholstery velvet.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Grainline Studio Linden

I've been binge listening to Sewing Out Loud as I work and Zede and Mallory inspired me to try stretch fabric and thread.  The only stretch fabric I had in was a bright red velour that I bought in Copenhagen to make a dress for Miss Belle when she was a baby, that was 11 years ago and I've always been scared of it!  I had a go at a Grainline Linden, gotta love a raglan,  and was chuffed with the results, more stretch thread will be ordered.

I've also been stitching away at shop makes, I was going for a heavy duty canvas theme.  Glorious bright yellow, perfect for these dreary days.

A vintage French indigo canvas that feels rubbery but doesn't look it but I suppose it's the waterproofing treatment, a beautiful woven canvas.

Of course a bit of Marimekko oilskin.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Grainline Tamarack

I found this fabulous screen printed fabric, "Untamed" by Bridget Hickey - I'm guessing 60's - and thought it would make a great jacket, but I only had this much fabric to play with.

I spotted the Grainline Studios Tamarack with loads of examples online, it's a very versatile pattern.  

The only changes I made to the pattern were to add and inch to the bicep and have side pockets, this was just because I didn't have the fabric to match up for the original pockets.  The lining is an old bed sheet, I new it would come in useful.

I quilted the panels which was easy peasy, the binding was the pig.

Poppers on and ready to go.

I love it, it definitely brightens up a dreary day!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Hello 2018

Where did 2017 go?  

It got a bit cold so I made a hats for a couple of fellas I know.  Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap by Gro, obviously in nothing but the best and most glorious Jamieson's Ultra.

With a captivated audience at all times I made a couple of frocks for me, 
and graded it down for a fairytale version Miss Belle.

Then we popped over to see Mickey for Christmas.

My flight knit was Kune Kune by the very, very, very talented Olgajazzy.

It took a while to get my head around it but now I think I could do it in my sleep, well it did take me approximately 58 hours.   It should be blocked to give a circular hole effect but I love it just like this.

 Back to work with these little guys,  I've put their houses on the market with Etsy already.

Bring on 2018!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Is Coming

It's the time of year for Christmas parties, my Spinning Guild gives out gifts with strings attached!  This year it is Pearl fibre - we have to return next year with some sort of transformation - for once I took on the challenge and spun it up straight away, it's singles at the moment but I might ply it with something sparkly.

We popped down to The Big Smoke for a rather nice Christmas 'do' at Corrigans.  London's shop windows are very disappointing this year, even on Bond street which normally has a tonne of christmas glitz.  I found a few misappropriated punk sheep in a window full of acrylic.

My favourite was Arthur Beale London's Yacht Chandler,  I've never been into this shop before but always peruse the window - fabulous rope - but we were tempted and found such delights.

We rounded off a mammoth walking day - Euston, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Bloomsbury, Islington - by trotting up to the Wallace & Sewell sample sale,  it did not disappoint .

A smidge of work has been done though, a rather nice bit of hand woven now in the shop and some rather squidgy quiltiness.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Searching for Colour in London

I popped down to the Big Smoke for a little burst of colour on a dreary November day and I of course found it at Cornelissen & Son.

I love going in here, it's just along from the British Museum so we pass it a lot.

The window is always so tempting.

I went to see the new Living with the Gods exhibition at The British Museum, it was interesting but not a patch on Scythians - I may have to see that again before it closes.  My actual mission was the Jasper Johns exhibition at the RA which was so so.  I did manage a little pattern shopping at Liberty and a mooch around fashion, this little teal and orange number took my fancy but I'd need permanently bent arms to carry it off!

A bite to eat at Hakasan rounded the trip off nicely.


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Winter Colour

London Underground, the last of my precious moquette.

The next Shetland project, trying to decide on the perfect combo...