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Saturday, 21 March 2015

W.I. Workshop & Audrey Hepburn All In One Day!

I was lucky enough to teach a workshop this morning for the lovely ladies of Barlaston Heron's W.I.

Some bunnies had to leave before the photo-call, but the fellas were happy to pose.

For Mothering Sunday my request was a whole day sewing with no meals to cook etc.  I made a Balenciaga inspired jacket with some unusually soft Welsh Tapestry - YAY!

There is a very clever pleat at the shoulder seam creating a balloon effect - doesn't show up on the model very well - it's very roomy at the back but not massive as it sucks back in at the hem.

The temptation to play around with the weave was just too great,
this is why I love Welsh Tapestry.

I'd had this binding in my stash for about 10 years just waiting for the right project.

Burda Vintage Autumn/Winter 2014, I was definitely channelling Audrey today! 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hollie Hobbie Totes

Monday, 16 March 2015

Crazy Horses

I find it very easy to start a new project but a struggle to complete, these two are now ticked off the list.  I got the horse fabric in Brooklyn at Christmas and the green is my favourite Liberty.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Women At Work and Scientific Seamstress

It's been a very dull and dusty week, on Friday I had some super dooper new lights in my studio, which meant that I had to spruce it up a bit - it is the only room in the house I have never decorated. 
 I now realise that this was because there was just so much STUFF in it, I'm still not straight.

I've re-jigged my notice boards which I am absolutely loving, I made the originals just before Louis was born so that's about 15 years ago.  I must have been out of my mind to cut this blanket up for padding, the funny thing is I don't remember the blanket at all, 
it must have been pregnancy hormones!

Miss Belle did the 6 hour danceathon on Sunday,
she did surprisingly well for a nine year old 
and she has  raised £95 so far.

She was rewarded with my latest make, a Bunny and Toadstool dress for Easter.
  I got the pattern from the Scientific Seamstress on Etsy, downloading sewing patterns is a revelation.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sunday, 22 February 2015

So much creativity!

Yesterday my younger assistant came with me to a Beginners Knit class, she was on hand to make tea and generally assist.  We met some lovely ladies, Tracey, Alison, Cathryn, Brooke, Katie and Janet and have hopefully pushed/shoved them a little bit further along the knitting road. 
 After a business lunch I caught up with housework - never ending - while Miss Belle got out the sewing machine found a Barbie Movie - awful -  on the computer and generally had a very good time playing on her own.  I have taught her well!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Simple Antique Waxed Canvas Tote

All colours are now in the shop;
minimalist black with black stitching,
 dark brown, chestnut, cherry red and navy, all with heavy bright white linen top stitching.

Brass tone eyelets and pure cotton braided rope.
This proper waxed canvas will only get better with age.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Birmingham Rag Market and Jamie's Italian.

Our usual half term treat of an excellent lunch at Jamie's after a turn around the Rag Market.
A  £3.99 jar of Nutella from Selfridges, (the same jar is £1.69 in the Co-Op), purely because he never gets anything with his name on and feels he is missing out.

This savvy shopper later argued her point for the £1.69 jar and is going to customise 
- handmade rocks!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Product Development

Playing around with waxed labels.

Half term creativity, a new pair of school shoes means a new bed for Boo.


Manx Tweed and full on 70's.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Vintage French Linen Tote

I found some fab linen - new - in vintage French style.

Still in love with eyelets.

This one makes me think deck chair and seaside.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Oh Baby

I used to have one of these, the baby and the bib!

The baby is nine and the bib only gave up the ghost last year,
it has a second career as a dishcloth - without ties.
Off to an imminent babe of a spinner I know.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Mind The Gap And The Brooding Hunstman!

Christmas present Mind The Gap yarn is knit up and in use.

A bit of self gifting from Lamington Lass on Etsy,

sock yarn with a bit of sparkle for dull old February,

already balled up and cast on.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Proper Old School

I don't know how I've managed to get through life without proper tarpaulin or eyelets.
They are even stitched with some very old - maybe 60 years - thick nylon thread.

They pass the 3 x Leon test - 4kg - easily.

Nice bit of pure cotton braided rope.

Look at that perfect stitching!
Look at that eyelet!
Think I need to get over myself.

In the shop now.