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Monday, 23 November 2015

Multi Coloured Harris Tweed

Decisions, decisions.

Which colour combination to go for?

All of them.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Magpie Harris Tweed

Heavy rug-making-esque embroidery.

Understated for a change.

A Bit More Welsh Tapestry

A couple of very useful pouches.
Green used to be my favourite colour but I'm edging towards yellow.

Both now residing over in the shop.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Visible Mending on Harris Tweed

I'm at Rode Hall Farmers Market in a couple of weeks. 
I have a rail full of vintage Harris Tweed of all shapes and sizes
that I have washed - a very long soak in a bucket - 
and now they are just waiting for me to find some inspiration.

This is the second, I'm almost done on the third, a fair few holes to make pretty I think.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Welsh Tapestry Ta-dah

I've had this in my head for a very long time, Welsh Tapestry in a bag but useful and contemporary.

I love a good bit of contrast stitching, there's nowhere to hide.

This one is over in the shop.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Welsh Tapestry and Denim

Today I have mostly been nursing my sewing machine and then throwing it in the back of the car and running it to the emergency room!  I love these colours and for once it's relatively straight forward sewing because both fabrics are uncut vintage fabric pieces, they've never been made up into a garment, they've just been biding their time.

It's a treat to work on straight forward geometrics, you know where you stand with them and they're easy to match up or play around with.

I would have had a finished item if my machine had behaved but 
that's the biggest problem in my life at the moment so I'll just get over it.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ukulele Bags?

I've been busy bag making two styles of bag, an everyday bag and ukulele bag.
Above is your ordinary very useful bag, this is made from some super soft vintage Laura Ashley corduroy,  lightweight but strong, washes well and holds a tonne of stuff.

In the gorgeous 40's bark cloth is what I am calling a ukulele bag, or a yoga bag, or a baton bag, or anything you fancy really bag.  It's a very clever design that is ever so slightly off centre at the handle and cut lower on one side, it's very deep. When I've been cutting them I've been toying with the idea of calling them half vest bags, but that's probably not very catchy.

A boxful shipped off to their new home today, now onto some in Welsh Tapestry.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Remembrance Day Parade


Louis on the massive drum.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Harris Tweed

On the cutting table today from Shawbost Weavers.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Wool and Cashmere Hand Made Snoods

Not that we've already got Christmas music on in the car or anything.

I think snood weather is coming.

Busy making and listing on Etsy.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Never A Lacklustre Life

Snood Overload

I've been busy on the snood production line.

All are made from previously loved and vintage garments, 

my small attempt to re-balance the obscenity of fast fashion.

My re-makes will be at Salt Line Studio.

My reading this week has been,
Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy E. Hopkins.
I was 11 when the Bhopal disaster happened, I am familiar with the name but not the detail.  In my current chapter of the book Hopkins looks in detail at the production of cotton.  In a nutshell, Union Carbide set up a factory producing pesticides for cotton in the un-tapped market of India but the farmers were too poor to buy these pesticides and so the plant was mothballed and not maintained, resulting in what is considered the worlds worst industrial disaster.  

"Between 3,800 and 15,000 people died instantly, up to 200,000 people have since experienced increased morbidity or mortality - premature death, or partial or total disability."
National Research Council, The Use and Storage of Methyl Isocyanate at Bayer Cropscience, 2012.
A cheap t.shirt isn't really a cheap t.shirt is it?

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Bobble Hats Galore

I made Donna Smith's  Baa-ble hat when the pattern first came out but it was just too loose.

I chopped off the rib intending to wash and stretch the wool and knit a smaller rib.

Pondered over a balaclava

but then realised I could just knit a smaller rib in another colour yarn that was ready to go.

Below is some handspun that I picked up at Wonderful Wool Day in Oswestry. 
 I just made up the pattern as I went along.

I'm now fully equipped for winter.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Needlepoints Of The World Unite

I've been busy soaking, stretching and sewing some mammoth needlepoint cushions.  My Bavarian retreat above is hand stitched in pure wool and backed in a soft vintage bright yellow velvet.
A Day On The Mountain, below, is just over a metre wide,
 perfect for a window seat perhaps and backed in a blue wool felt.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Abrams Bridge

Finished at last.

knit in Cumbria -  divine 60% Merino, 30% Masham, 10% Mohair - from The Fibre Co.  in the Buttermere colour way.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Blanket Coat AW15

I made myself one of these with a soft brown check - still waiting to be hemmed - and I just love it so I made another from a vintage pure wool blanket from my stash.  
The beauty of it is that because it's made of proper wool from a sheep it's toasty but not heavy. 
It's over on Etsy.

Friday, 2 October 2015

No More Plastic Bags - Yay

At last the new plastic bag laws are coming in, a no brainer really, 
shoppers used to manage without them.
For October only I'm offering 20% off all tote/shopping bags on my Etsy store, use the coupon - 

I use these waxed canvas totes, indestructible and they'll carry as much weight as you can lift.

The red tote is hanging with 3kg.

Waterproof and very comfy handles, 
long enough to pop on your shoulder but not so long as to drag on the ground when fully laden.

Proper old school tarpaulin.