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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Babushka Skulls




I loathe and detest hand rolled and stitched hems but there's really nothing as good,
 a machine rolled hem is just to stiff and these beauties need to be fluid.


I got this silk a while ago because I thought it looked interesting and I could tell it was good stuff.
After a bit of research found that they were colour samples for a line of Liberty scarves - Result!


Cute babushkas or skulls depending on your point of view.
The super fine pins and Thread Heaven are out today.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Woolfest 2015




One of those very rare days when absolutely everything runs smoothly, all plans come together exactly and many many people exceed your expectations.  We had a brilliant day at Woolfest in Cockermouth, breakfasted at Tebay, lunched at the sheep ring, satsuma breaked with live music, dined well and finished off with a monster ice cream after a stroll in glorious scenery.


Organisation by the Woolclip massive was spot-on, stall holders as excited to be there as us and everyone just having a jolly time surrounded by fibre and the livestock that provide it.


We were very proud to be almost the last car on what had been a chock-a-block car park.
The day was rounded off in beautiful Keswick 
and we drove home through the most amazing clouds we have ever seen.
Truly a day that will be remembered.





Monday, 22 June 2015

Evacuee For The Day



Miss Belle is an evacuee for a day
on a school trip to Shugborough Hall.


Surprisingly for us we didn't have a suitable frock
 so I knocked this one up at the weekend, everything else we had in.
We had a bit of a debate about dress length,
 obviously it would have been a lot shorter but I wanted her to be able to wear it again.
  We decided the length by the good old fashioned, 'touch your toes can we see your knickers' test!


I think the boy doll is about the right period.
I bought it years ago with the intention of tidying it up for Louis
 but then I just couldn't bear to.
  He has been waiting for just this day.


As has this fabric, it's been in someones stash since before we went decimal
- February 1971.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Welsh Princess and the Pea


I'm just looking for the princess and the pea!

Welsh Tapestry.


Can't be beaten.


In my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Old School Harris Tweed



 I found a couple of beauties today,
a long soak in the tub tomorrow I think.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bunting Season


Gertrude and Astrid are loving it.


100m and counting.


Monday, 8 June 2015

Cross Back Aprons Galore


It takes a heck of a long time to get to this stage in the game.
  Find the fabric, wash the fabric, iron the fabric, design it, cut it, sew it, starch it, get a small child to take 734 photos of you modelling 10 aprons - on 730 of which you are pulling a face!  Get over it.  Write, measure, describe, tag, price, edit.  
 Set free into the world and hope someone is on your wavelength. 
Vacuum the loose threads that are all over your house - this will/can never happen.


Six of the ten recent completions are now listed over on my Etsy shop.


Lots of hand embroidered linen and a bit of mint 74 year old WWII Utility linen tablecloth.





Friday, 5 June 2015

Sewing Bee Stuart



We had a very entertaining evening listening to Stuart Hillard and obviously I had to attend in something me-made.  Another Dress Shirt, this time with 12" chopped off, I will get ar



Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sock Knitting Workshop



I had a lovely day on Saturday over at Salt Line Studio
teaching some new sock knitters the joys of 
provisional cast-on, toe up socks and short rows.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Stafford County Show



An incredibly busy week this week.  On Tuesday we set up our stand for the County Show and then dashed over to the Stafford Knot Spinners, Weavers and Dyers meeting.  Here is Chris modelling her Belgian Ombre Linen pinny purchased from me, but back-to-front it is so much easier to spin in.


Wednesday and Thursday were spent manning our didyoumakeityourself stall and joining in the knitterly fun with novice and experienced knitters and a few spinners.  We raised £17.50 for the Gingerbread Centre in donations from newbies.


The pink 'It's a Girl' balloon ended up in the roof!
We had many a good conversation with complete strangers, 
it was a real treat to be able to mooch about and just enjoy the creative atmosphere.


Plenty of young men learning to knit


and working hard.






Friday, 22 May 2015

Pinstripe Denim



Ploughing on with my Pinny Project!
I've got 32 made up and on my rail now.


Another 12 in various denim to go,  I loved a bit of pinstripe denim in my youth.
I am modelling what I am calling Ample - otherwise known as large.


The rail is mostly vintage embroidered linen, just need to launder again and give a crisp starch.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Vintage Linen




Monday, 11 May 2015

More Crossover Aprons




This is my favourite, with very deep pockets.


I am a sucker for a good piece of proper linen.


Not too keen on the jowly face, must smile more!


Love the crossover back.


This waterproof fabric is ace, soft brushed cotton on the face and waterproofed on the reverse.