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.

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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...