Monday, 25 January 2010


This sweater has been in the tweeking pile for ages, bought from a vintage fair ages ago the neck has always been too high and too tight, with a bit of steeking and a miraculous matching ball of yarn from a charity shop it is now a very wearable Henley.

The school kilt has been begging for attention since September, after an hour of pressing and stitching the top 2 inches of pleats it now looks wearable. At some point the mundane will give way to serious academic work, hopefully!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Josef Frank

I have long coveted the Josef Frank trays in Liberty and after a tray-valanche incident I can now justify the purchase of one. The fabric starts at about £100 metre but it is fabulous

We all went to the Art Deco original Speke Airport today for a vintage textile fair, a few purchases were made but what a great setting, the Josef Frank patterns already had us in a vintage mood, but nothing new there.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Long Time No Blog

We have been busy making things we have never tried before like crumpets from the Hairy Bikers Mum Knows Best...

and Steak and Kidney Pudding the size of my head, steamed for 5 hours!

Socks have been made and given away...

We only got a smattering of snow, not enough for a day off school unfortunately. We are all back to it for 2010.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Four Candles

The big four at last...

where did the time go?

Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year

In 2009 I took up the guitar, tap dancing, joined the WI and started a masters degree, I wonder what 2010 will bring?

The first day of the new year has been spent sorting, organizing and
tidying in the studio, I can put it off no longer, I must get down to some work.

I had an Audible subscription for christmas and am listening to 'The Pattern in the Carpet', by Margaret Drabble, brilliant and so many weird coincidences i.e. my favourite blue iron on embroidery transfers. Popular in the earlier part of the twentieth century they are available today but not in such a perfect form, the originals that Drabble discusses have heavy, almost embossed, piped blue lines of ink on ultra-delicate tissue, I have some that are eighty years old and still going strong.