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Monday, 15 September 2014

Angelina's Wedding Dress

Miss Belle has a gorgeous - really really -  the most beautiful tweed coat ever.  
It is mostly green but with flecks of every colour you choose to look for and goes with absolutely everything.   This photo is from 2010 and she was reading her ninety year old copy of Hans Anderson - not called Hans Christian Anderson at the time of publication - in front of the Hans Anderson statue in Copenhagen.  Unfortunately I kept feeding her and she kept eating!

I couldn't be parted with it, it's such a fabulous piece of work, so I included it in my MA show,
 with a few additions.

When I got it there was a hole in the pocket and in the lining I found a brown crayon and
 a Noah's Ark stamp which I included.

Betsy drew all girls like this at the time, hand bag and flowers.

This is an earlier Betsy.

Here is Louis' signature style at the time,  a T.V. Head.

Another Betsy.

 I did this of Louis when he was about two, it's on the inside of the coat with a load of other stuff and the words...
"One more step along the world I go."

A Louis car and very early Betsy people.
All done in Shetland wool on a wool coat so it could be around considerably longer than any of us.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Foxy Cushion

The last cushion for a while I think, a wool needlepoint backed with cream wool and linen.

A bit of Monday night pub knitting in Knit Witches Cashmere, the edging is supposed to look like hearts, will need to help them a bit in the blocking!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Moomins

I have been listening to Tove Jansson's Book at Bedtime this week - The True Deceiver.
 We went to the Moomin shop last week and couldn't resist making this for my little Moomin nest where we like to listen to them on Audible.

Bottom Drawer Linen

A bit more upcycling

of my lovely Bottom Drawer

hand embroidered linens.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Chalk and Canvas

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Putting In The Hours

Everybody back at school now so down to some serious time in the studio.

Another great fabric from Frumble called 'Bookshop'.  I love brown and turquoise, I added a turquoise zip and a light brown felt interior, think I'll keep this one for myself.

Been doing a bit of experimenting with bag shapes and construction.

Zip a dee doo dah.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Chalk Cloth

I got this chalk cloth fabric a couple of weeks ago at Frumble 
and have been holding back on cutting in to it because it has to be primed first.

 Remember 'ye olde' days of blackboards?
My junior School had it's centenary when I was there and it's long since been knocked down but I loved it far more than home.  My strongest memory is of the massive hymn sheets/books up in the hall ceiling that had to be lowered on their rope to have the child sized page turned,
 I don't often sing hymns but I would just love to have one in my house!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nearly Alton Towers

My Cadet had his fourteenth birthday this week and for a treat we went to Alton Towers.  
We stood in the queue to get in for an hour, gave up and went and bought a trampoline instead.

Some fab military plane fabric from Frumble made a last minute pressie.

I've made friends with my overlocker - 
it was being very temperamental so I gave it a complete overhaul and it's in a much better mood.

It's been in overdrive whizzing through chunky needlepoint.

These are backed with the massive green cow hide that I got a while back.
A reclaimed bright green wool blanket overlaid with a hand dyed lace.

Always a winner, my favourite Welsh tapestry.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shetland Hap

It's been a long time coming!

Off the needles and blocked at last.

Up on Etsy.

Super light super scrummy.

Back to the sewing.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Birmingham Rag Market

My porter doing what he does best.
The Rag Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
 and it's a very good source of fabric, but you do have to search.

When we were walking up for lunch we saw a man erecting this, 
 just a tiny pair of legs under the paint brush.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Much Binding

Pure wool blankets,

warm and cosy,

and pretty darn cute.

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.