Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Grainline Studio

I have ventured further with the stretch knits and made a t-shirt completely on my overlocker, that fourth needle has never been in before.  I was very excited about it, everyone else in my house couldn't understand my jubilation over an ordinary t-shirt!  Grain line Studio Linden again.


I got some fab sweat shirting from the Fancy Silk store and made a long sleeved version size 12 but decided it was far too big, so I cut it down to a size 8 and it was alright but has been stolen by another member of my household,  I have replenished my fabric and I'm going to do the 10 which should be just right.  This is a short sleeve version from the original leftovers with neon orange side pockets.

Grainline Studio again, this was my muslin for my Farrow, it's now gone to live with a friend.

I made one up in a teal corduroy, the only problem is the nap makes it very hard to get a coat or cardigan on on top of it,  lesson learned.

Now I'd got the Farrow sussed next up was a version in Brushed Japanese Linen from The Cloth House.  I was obviously having a good day when I bought this fabric because I got three metres which is unheard of for me, but it meant that for once I had plenty of yardage and I even cut the pieces all going in the same direction, very extravagant but I will use up the excess.

I took myself off to the Big Smoke at the weekend, this is the Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns, I tried it on at Raystitch - teal Farrow underneath - this is next on my to do list.

I also popped into The Cloth House and discovered many delights, obviously!  The reason for my trip was actually to take a class with the super duper talented Olgajazzy, she was teaching her Kune-Kune class - this was my christmas knit - but I took her brand spanking new Ten-Ten.  I am in awe of her.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Welsh Tapestry and Manx Loaghtan Tweed

While I was snowed in I was busy in my studio with my favourite Welsh Tapestry.

I love the very bright brights!

I managed to make a Manx Loaghtan Tweed pouch from the offcuts of my dress,  this primitive sheep the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list. 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Snow Trapeze

It's been a little bit snowy here, fortunately I have had the blankety loveliness of my newly made Trapeze dress to keep me toasty.

I bought some Manx Loaghtan tweed at Woolfest  a couple of years ago with the intention of making a trapeze but it's taken me this long to get around to it and I was sweating on getting it out of the yardage I had.

I just managed to squeeze out what I wanted, the tweed is divine 

and after a couple of tweaks  I've worn it a lot.

I  took advantage of the snow to have a go at cleaning my wool doormat, apparently it's a thing.

It stays on the line to get chilly while I beavered away in the warm.

We all had a snow day and I  decided to do a bit of acid dyeing, I hadn't tried it before but I will be doing more.

This is to show the clear 'exhausted' water.

I had about 2000m of Shetland, the bright blue is lambswool and cotswold which was an early spinning attempt, a bit of Shetland singles, Cotswold and the two tone is  lambswool and linen.

I've been double jumpered and wrist-warmered up and wearing my latest knit, Pink Memories by 
Isabell Kraemer in a local yarn, Shropshire 1512 from Ewe & Ply.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Cross Back Aprons

Miss Juki has been busy making aprons galore.  This thick cotton comes from a little mill in India and is just gorgeous cloth.

Still with the fantastic Miss Juki, 5 Years ago this little soul picked out the shiniest stretch pink fabric that she could find at Barry's, this photo proves that she let me off lightly,  it could have been sequins!

Thanks to my continuing education from the folks at and their rather fabulous podcast Sewing Out Loud she finally has a garment.

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!