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Thursday, 21 August 2014

When Good Blankets Go Bad

Blankets this week, lots of laundering, pressing, cutting and binding.

Lots of lovely Liberty which means the insect pins have to come out.

Must have got distracted with this one!
 I like sewing and knitting because when you mess up big style 
you can just chop it off/rip it back and start again.
If only life was so easy.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hello Kitty Secret Message Lunch Bag

I've put a couple of the new and improved lunch bags on etsy,

 they are bigger with super cute pinked edge and a tiny pocket for secret messages!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Adventures with Harris Tweed

I've been looking for a Harris tweed jacket for myself for ages and I found one the other day but it was a bit worse for wear, I think this is what you might call moth damage!

I bought it anyway

and gave it a good soak for about 8 hours
and changed the water every time I walked through the kitchen.

Proper wool is a miracle fibre, it came up like new - apart from the moth holes.
Watch this space for it's next adventure.

Friday, 15 August 2014


1,258 Squares

from a lot of ironing and a major scrap box sort out.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Project Bags Galore

A production line once again, boring but it works.
Kimono silk that never became a baby dress and vintage linen curtains.

We used to be a Fair Isle tank top.

50's, barkcloth and cotton apron.

My best beloved Welsh Tapestry and a vintage Liberty wool scarf.
All loading onto etsy.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pearl Strivers

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Production Line Works

Henry Ford had something,

the production line works,

I made 50 bags in a couple of days,

different types,

not all shown here,

but all using vintage textiles

and up cycled fabrics.

Now to play with my new tools

and crack on with the zipped pouches.

Plenty of seventies florals going on

and a little bit of Christmas prep.

My favourites from a vintage French tablecloth.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Production Line

A tidy studio, puppy asleep under the table, sewing machine and overlocker at the ready...

must be time for some work.

Spent a full day ironing, cutting and matching up fabrics for bags and zip pouches.

Next day sewing and buttonholes aaargh!
After about eighty buttonholes I think I may have sussed it, 
nothing so satisfying as cutting them open with a stitch picker.

Polar Bears and Reindeer, getting ahead of myself.

Monday, 4 August 2014

School Holidays

We have been enjoying not having a time table.  
We went over to the Land of Lost Content at Caven Arms,
 fabulous as always and stopped off at the Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms.

Lots of reading being done, mainly Jacqueline Wilson and Brian Jacques.

A bit of sewing for me with some £2 a metre fabric from the Rag Market which I love.

I even ventured over to the dark side with a little bit of crochet.

Spinners Weavers and Dyers, always a great evening.

Yesterday Louis was in the WWI Parade with his drum and read in church.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sew What!

A full day in the studio just, pressing, cutting and putting fabrics together,
 no hint of a sewing machine yet.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Busy Busy Busy

Just seen Kirstie make a dog bed, I made this earlier today, mine looks comfier!

We took a trip to Salt Line Studio to make a delivery.